Post # 1
I am 100% clueless about what you’re supposed to do when at the wedding reception and it’s freaking me out.. I know overall it’s my wedding and i can do what i want for the most part.. but is there some kinda guideline i should be following?
for example.. once we’re announced into the reception.. do we dance immediatly? And does the father/daughter dance come immediately after our dance?
when do we do speeches? what about the dollar dance (it’s a tradition in my family to do one, so please, keep the tacky comments to yourselves 🙂 )
how long after dinner should cake be done? When do we do the garter and boquet toss?
I’m completely clueless! Can you bees plllllease help! And if there’s anything that I left out, please throw it in there.. I’d rather have a guideline with 1000 things on it and just have to eliminate some! 🙂
Post # 3
I could really use some help here bees
Post # 4
Okay so once you enter the reception you can either go right into the first dance, why my friend is doing or you can eat dinner, what we did. Here is how my timeline went…
Cake Cutting (we did this before the dances so that while we were dancing the cake could be cut)
We didn’t do a dollar dance, garter toss or bouquet toss but I think you do those after your parent dances. And the dollar dance at some point during the dancing part.
Post # 5
I just found this online. I just di a quick search for reception time line and a bunch of results popped up. But this list is from theknot.com. i hioe this helps you out! http://wedding.theknot.com/wedding-planning/wedding-reception-planning/articles/a-traditional-wedding-reception-timeline.aspx?MsdVisit=1
Post # 6
@Birdee106: That’s great advice about cutting the cake before dances so it can be cut during!! I’m taking note of it 🙂
Post # 7
This was ours:
first speeches done – both parents
next speeches – MOH and Best Man
third course – dessert
last speeches – my sisters, and groomsman
our thank you speech
our first dance
late night snacks at 9:30 till end of night – popcorn bar
Post # 8
I set up receptions for a catering company for years. This is the timeline that I recommended for brides.
Bride and groom enter reception and are announced
Bride and groom do first dance
Bride and groom cut cake
Guests are seated and eat dinner
towards the end of the meal, toasts/speeches start
(catering staff cuts the rest of the cake during meal and serves at end of dinner)
Following speeches, dance floor is opened
starting with father daughter dance
dollar dance can be next, or a few dances in (when this is done, it is a good way to get reluctant guests out on the dance floor)
Post # 9
I usually suggest to my clients to cut their cakes as they are entered into the reception – because the attention is still on them….and it lets the caterers get the cake out of the way and served quicker after dinner. A few weddings I’ve photographed, the B&G waited until after dinner. 2 things happened: #1, guests got up to go take pictures of them cutting their cake, only to return to their table wiht their plates full of food gone, the servers took them. #2, the cakes were served late, it sat at the tables uneaten while guests either left or were dancing. It ended up tossed.
Typical nights for my clients…
Announcing into recpetion
Blessing of food
B&G visit tables while guests are still eating
Bridal Party Dance
Post # 10
ours was pretty laid back.
(we took our photos for 30 min)
Cocktails 12:30-2pm (hour and a half!)
Then we all went inside, we weren’t annoucned, but SIL annoucned our first dance. I danced with DH, then i danced with my Dad, then DH danced with his mom all in a row. Then we the MOH speech, then BMan Speech, then it was about 3pm and we ate dinner, then danced for an hour, then annoucned the cake and cut it with our song at 4:30pm, and then danced til 7pm 🙂 everyone left around 8pm.
Post # 11
tagging to refer back to! 🙂