Wedding Day Timeline – Advice Please!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: What time should our reception end?
    Before 9 - It's a Sunday night, afterall! : (1 votes)
    3 %
    9 o'clock seems about right : (9 votes)
    29 %
    10 o'clock - You need more time to dance! : (20 votes)
    65 %
    other (please comment) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would do the first dance as soon as you enter the reception, then toasts/cake cutting, followed by dinner. Then do your father/daughter and mother/son dances. Then open up the dance floor. You can do your bouquet/garter toss as a little 10 minute break in the middle of the open dancing.

    I think 9:00/9:30 would be a good time to end it because it’s on a Sunday.

    Post # 4
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    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    You could let it go till 10, but a lot of people might leave before then. If you want a big exit, I might do 9. How far do your guests have to travel?

    Post # 5
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    10748 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    You might as well have it go until 10 for those who want to stay. However for me personally, I wouldn’t stay past 8 unless we were very close. 

    Post # 7
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    9529 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I’d plan and hour for the rehearsal. And I’d separate the cake cutting from the tosses. And how many people are you having? I’d start the first dance as people are finishing their meal, which may be earlier.

    Post # 9
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    810 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I am having a Sunday wedding with a ceremony start of 3:00, so similar to yours! We are going to do almost all of our pictures before the ceremony, that way we will only need about 30-45 minutes to take family photos. As soon as the ceremony is over guests will head to the reception to start going through the buffet, so about 4:00. We will do our grand exit at 8:00. So about 4:30 we will do our mother/son and father daughter and first dance, with guests joining in as they finish. We’ll sprinkle in cake and bouquet as well.

    Our venue is a 45 minute drive from the city most of our guests live in. Farther for some people. We don’t want people drinking and driving and staying out late on a Sunday. We are also leaving at like 5 am for our honeymoon the next day, so we don’t want to be up late ourselves!

    Post # 11
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    286 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    You have the same timeline we do!!! We’re also wrapping up at 9 on a Sunday night 🙂

    Post # 12
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    810 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @DaniLyn:  Glad it was helpful! The timeline has been one of the more stressful parts of planning!!

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