(Closed) Another Question about Order

posted 11 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

This is how I usually do it:

Cocktail hour

Reception begins:

Parents Intro (can do honorable mentions for grandparents)
Wedding Party Intro
You and new Husband Intro

Straight into first dance



Salad and Intermezzo (if applies)

Father/daughter dance then mother/son dance


Right when Dessert is ready (about 1.5 hours after your dinner is served)- Cake cutting

Post # 5
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I really struggled with this at first too! I’ve attended a million wedding but never really paid that much attention to the timeline. Here are the links to The Knot’s articles on this. I found them to be very, very helpful!



Hope this helps!

Post # 6
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2007

we did ours a little differently –


cocktail hour


(um, I’m a big basketball fan so we were all introduced as players, referees, coaches)

intro of parents, wedding party (we listed them out as guard, forward, center, point guard, etc, and then, listed their college and then, their height), and us

we cut our cake first (because it was being served as dessert)

while people were eating their salads, we had the Best Man speech

followed by Maid/Matron of Honor speech

played our slideshow during the entree

during dessert, the two Dads gave a speech

my Dad spoke last so right after his speech, that lead into a Father/Daughter dance and then, halfway through our dance, that lead into a Mother/Son dance

and then, our two parents lead us together and let us go as we danced our first dance together

then, we had the wedding party dance together..

open floor for dancing..

Bouquet toss

Garter toss

and more dancing, and then, Last dance. 

Post # 7
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Another thing to note is get the timeline of when the food will be served by the caterers. It’ll be easier for you to work around their schedules, and also allow your guests to enjoy their food. It will also prepare you for when dinner will be served (hungry guests will start to complain). Some caterers will serve dinner as late as 10pm and that’s too late for some guests.

Kinda off topic to the original question, but a tip: Request to get your dinner first, so that you and your husband can chow down first (always eat!) and while everyone else is eating, you can greet each table. It’ll be easier for you to find everyone than if people were out on the dance floor.

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