(Closed) Cocktail reception timeline

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Our out door ceremony starts at 4pm. Our guests are catching a ferry over to an Island Vineyard. They will be served bubbly. Most of our photos are going to be taken before. Reception 5pm to 9.30.Al a carte menu.  Speeches. MY husband will say a speech then I will be presenting him with a song I wrote for him ( ssshhh he doesn’t know lol) 9.30 – 1am dancing. Then back to an Italian house we have rented where I doubt we will slow down..:) Somewhere during the night guests will enjoy a photobooth and a pinata but not sure when yet…I plan on having fun 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@TallSkinnyLatte:  OH yours sound absolutely wonderful too!!!! I plan on wearing my dress right into the next morning and maybe even for breakfast LOL

Post # 6
Hostess
8576 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

We’re sort of doing a mix of a bunch of different things. It hasn’t happened yet, and we’re still far off, but it’ll go something like this :

 

The ceremony will start around 4, and hopefully be fairy short, I would like everything to be done in 20 minutes, including entrances! Ours will be in a tent, and not sure if it’ll be facing towards the lake, or somewhere else, havent decided!

Around 4:30 – 5:00 pm, our guests will go into the lodge [it’s a bed & breakfast] for the Tasting Hour [similiar to the cocktail hour, but no drinks]. We added this strictly so we can get bridal photos done with, and give our guests something fun to do!

 

The tasting hour will last no longer than 1 hour [go figure!], then we’ll begin the receiving line & dinner reception, followed by first dances, dollar dance, more dancing, open bar, photo booth, candy buffet and all that good stuff.

Mine you, it won’t look like that, but thats the deck we’re having it on.

Post # 7
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382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

we are having a cocktail reception too! I think your afternoon tea is a good idea. We are cutting the cake straight after the ceremony as a sort of afternoon tea before we go and take photos. I’m copying the idea from my brother & his wife because it worked so well at their wedding!

I think you could even do your speeches at that point – why not? then everyone’s free to relax and have fun at the reception.

Our timeline is a short 3pm ceremony in the park, followed by cake/champagne. We’ll cut the cake and hang around and chat to people til about 4.30 I guess, then go off for photos while the guests either stay and explore the park or go and grab a coffee nearby (we’re getting married in the middle of the city so there’s plenty of things they can do). We’ve put 6.30 reception on the invitation, but our venue is actually a cafe during the day time and they’ve said they’re fine with people coming in a bit earlier if they want – we’re not changing the decor or furniture or anything so as long as they are on the guest list, the cafe staff won’t kick them out at closing time!

We’ll get to the reception around 7 and I think we have to be outta there by 11. I’d like it to go a bit later but it’s a sunday night so I don’t think too many people will want to party on late! and who knows, I might be exhausted by then! everything’s pretty casual so I think we can just play it by ear. our ceremony & reception venues are both around the area where we first met & lived together as students, and I’d kind of love it if we (FI, bridesmaid, best man & I) ended up at the crappy all night student bar we used to go to when everything else closed.

Post # 11
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382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@TallSkinnyLatte:  we’ll serve the cake straight after the ceremony with a champagne toast – I guess that’s our equivalent of the cocktail hour others have, giving people a bite to eat and something to drink while they mingle, meet new people & catch up with old friends & family. we’ll stay for a bit to have some cake with them and start doing photos. we’ll do the photos in the same park so I guess everyone can watch, haha! the restaurant we are having the reception in has their own dessert menu and would’ve charged us extra to serve the cake, so after dinner we’ll have their desserts brought out. 

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