Post # 1
Typically, what’s the order of events at a reception? Cocktail hour from 6-7 for us, then they introduce the bridal party, bride and groom…. then what?
When do you do first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/son dance, toast, blessing, etc? and then food and cake? can someone help me out here with the general order?
Post # 3
Check out this google doc. It includes a sample day-of schedule.
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Post # 5
The best person to ask will be your DJ. He/she should be able to give you a few different examples and you can decide which works best for you, your guests, your venue, etc.
Post # 6
You can do whatever order you want! THere is no set order. But defintiely using the docs that PPs posted will give you some ideas. 🙂
Post # 8
Most of the weddings I’ve been to follow the guidelines in the documents the other bees have posted. The only thing we’re doing different is the cake cutting. We’re going to have the cake table on the dance floor at the beginning and cut it after our entrance. This way it can be served with the rest of the desserts.
Post # 9
I would do it like this:
– Cocktail hour
– Emcee askes guests to take their seats once they do he will announce the entrance of the bridal party starting with your parents and his parents and the 2 of you are the last to enter.
– Then there is a blessing, prayer or welcoming speech
– Then you have dinner, dinner should come right after the blessing since they will probably also be blessing the dinner.
– After dinner you cut the cake I like the idea of cutting hte cake after dinner since that way it will stay on display for as long as possible.
– While the servers are preparing the cake for the guests you do the toasts. First some from his side like traditionally the best man, then someone from your side traditionally the MOH
– Then cake and coffee are served
– Then when you are ready the emcee will announce your first dance.
– Followed by the Daddy daughter dance, followed by the mother son dance, followed by the bridal party dance
– While the bridal party is still dancing the rest of your guests are invited to join them
– Dancing continues starting with slower songs that get people out on the floor than more upbeat songs.
– At the end of the night you do the more modren songs
– At the very end of the night you do the bouquet and garter toss then the last dance and your grand exit if you are having one
Note- If you want to do your first dance before dinner than do it right after your enterance and before the blessing. Also if you decide to do your first dance before dinner then the first dance after dinner should be the Daddy daughter dance. But when a bride said she couldn’t decide which song she wanted for her first dance I told her to have the serious song as a first dance before dinner and then have the fun song as the first dance after dinner. If you want to do toasts before dinner than you can do them before or after the blessing which ever you would like. Hope this helps.
Post # 10
I would definitely want the 1st dance to come early, because technically you guys are opening the dance floor, I wouldnt wait till after dinner to do the 1st dance. But thats just me.