(Closed) Can someone share a typical order of events at the reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Im curious too!

Post # 4
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

the last wedding I went to, they did the intro of wedding party, intro bride and groom, blessing, dinner, cake cutting, toasts, first dance, father/daughter dance, mother/groom dance, dollar dance, bouquet and garter toss, and then dancing the rest of the night. I don’t think there’s really a set order you’re supposed to follow, but theirs seemed to flow really well. hope that helps 🙂

Post # 5
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Rule #1: feed people early!  My biggest reception pet peeve is when guests are subjected to toast after toast, speech after speech, dance after dance, before any food is served. 

I get it.  You want a captive audience.  But your guests are hungry, so feed them in a timely manner.

Post # 6
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t think there is a typical format.

I’m still musing about ours, but right now I’m imagining:


6pm Guest Mingling: Cheese and Crackers, Fruit trays, veggie platters (Official start is 6, but they can wander in earlier after returning from the ceremony)

7pm Bridal party entrance: Guests find their seats 

Intro the new Mr. and Mrs. 🙂

First Dance

Cake Cutting



Receiving Line

Buffet open (as guests leave the receiving line, they can go straight to the Buffet)

Serving of Cake

Special Dances

Bouquet and Garter toss


Late night snack: Undecided, nachos or mini burgers…


I still have some work to do I know.

Post # 7
4546 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010


Cocktail hour, introduction of bride and groom, first dance, dinner, more dancing, speeches, father daughter dance, mother son dance, cake cutting, more dance, last dance, exit.

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