Post # 1
Hi guys. Super early planning but I am just wondering if there is a skeleton of order of events that constitute a great wedding reception?
here is how I understand things.
- guest enter and find their seats
- bridal party (and parents) enter
- bride and groom enter
- Series of first dances
- Random party game
- more dancing?
- more speaches
- everyone out?
Please feel free to add or re-arrange the order
Post # 4
I think it depends on when your reception is (early evening, late evening, etc) and if you’re serving a full blown meal or just apps. We’re doing 1-3, then dinner, toasts, then the shoe game in lieu of the first dance, then cake cutting. Our ceremony ends at 7:00pm and our guests will go straight into the next room for cocktails and dinner.
Post # 5
Im confused about this too. I was told two diffrent things the first one looks simliar to yours and the second looks like this
1. guests find their seats
2. bridal party and parents enter
3. bride and groom enter
6. cake cutting
7. first dances
9. more dancing
thats it. and this is how my DJ says he has done it for the most part. I like the way you have it better. I dont think there is a set way of things but more what you feel is comfortable and works for the two of you.
Post # 6
I interned at a reception venue one summer and the way they did receptions was
-Guests take their seats
-Bridal party enters and takes their seats except bride and groom
-Bride and groom do first dance (for picture reasons)
-Bride and groom cut the cake (again for picture reasons)
-Bride and groom sit down and first toast given (usually father of the bride)
-First course served, after first course, second toast (best man usually)
-Entrée served, after entrées served, second toast given (MOH usually)
This is by no means the “typical” reception, that’s just the way they did it. There is a lot of room for variables in the order, when it gets to that point just ask the venue what they recommend.
Post # 7
I totally forgot about the tosses! That would be my fav part!
@housebee: we are having a sunday afternoon reception (3-8) with apps/buffet style and wine and beer.
Anyone elses layout they care to share?
Post # 8
we;re having an evening reception and it looks like this: (pretty similar to yours but is helping me to write it down since I haven’t come up with my timeline yet lol)
-cocktail hour (6-7)
-guests enter reception (7)
-bridal party enter
-bride and groom enter
-first dance (7:10)
-father daughter dance
-mother son dance
-First course served (7:40)
-Second Course (8:00)
-Dancing (til reception end at 11)
-After party (11-?)
Post # 9
@MrsWBS: I really love your timeline.
I can Imagine coming out to dance with Fiance, my dad and his mom coming to cut in, then my mom. Then in my head I just saw the photograph of my dad and his grandpa and Fiance shaking hands. I am so happy I could cry!
Post # 11
Here is our schedule as of right now. We are not really sure about doing fireworks, but I would like to if there is money left over from our budget.
– Ceremony 5:30 pm
– Cocktail Hour 6:00 pm
– Formal Introductions 7:00 pm
– First Dance 7:05 pm
– Toasts 7:10 pm
– Dinner 7:15 pm
– Cake 8:15 pm
– Parent Dances 8:20 pm
– Fireworks 8:30 pm
– Open dancing 9-11 pm