Post # 1
after dinner, I’d like to do a personal toast, the cake cutting, then move right into our first dance, followed by the parent dances (figuring guests will be served cake while we dance – we will have sheet cakes hopefully ready to serve at the time the cake is cut, so there shouldn’t be a timing issue there). I really want to get the garter toss and bouquet toss ‘out of the way’, and was thinking about doing it right after those dances… but I’m wondering if I should wait a bit.
OR – do I wait to serve cake? I guess I didn’t want to go into dancing – and then break up the dancing with serving cake (and therefore having everyone sit back down).
Post # 3
Why not do a personal toast before dinner? Then after dinner/dessert-time, do the cake cutting, then first dance. And have the guests eat the cake during the parent dances. I’d wait until after the dancing gets going and do a short break to do the garter and bouquet toss. I feel like you need to get the energy going first to get people more excited for it.
Post # 4
Part of the reason for spreading things out is to prevent your guests from feeling like everything is over and they should go home. If some of them aren’t planning on drinking and dancing, they might be waiting for the bouquet toss or the cake cutting to make their escape. We delayed our cake cutting until an hour before the end of the reception for that reason. But, many people still left early, and that meant that they didn’t get any cake. It’s a balancing act.