- 5 years ago
Hi Bees! I’m trying to figure out the reception timeline for our wedding, and I’m stumped. My fiance and I want to do a first dance together, I want to have a father-daughter dance with my Dad, and my fiance wants to have a Mother/Son dance with his Mom. However; that seems to be a lot of dances where no one else is on the dance floor. And when would we do them in relation to each other – back to back? Again, that seems like a long time for people to be standing around watching us.
At first I was thinking that we could do the dances back to back while people were eating dinner. This might work, but the dance floor is on the far end of the reception hall, so people in the back might feel far away from the action, and again leaves us with the problem of a LONG set of dances one right after another.
Then I thought that we could split them up. We could do the first dance when we arrive at the reception and are announced, and then do the mother/son and father/daughter dances back to back either during or after dinner, before dancing starts. This might be the best idea??
I also considered doing the father/daughter dance and the mother/son dance at the same time and using a gender-neutral song, but I couldn’t think of any good songs – plus I think our parents might feel a little ripped off if we “shared” their dance. Not that they would ever say anything – they’re both too kind – but I wouldn’t want to inadvertently hurt feelings anyway.
If it makes any difference, our reception is from 6 – 10pm. Cocktail hour is from 6 – 7pm (we’re not doing a first look, so will be taking pictures during most of the cocktail hour), dinner will be served at 7, and then we expect speeches (no wedding party, so probably just one from each set of parents) during dinner, and then dancing after. Cake cutting maybe around 8:30 or 9??
If anyone has any suggestions about the timeline itself, I’m happy to hear those as well! As this is my first wedding, I’m kind-of making it up as I go, and the Bee has been a huge help already! 🙂