(Closed) HELP ME! Planning the reception order of things…

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Ceremony 5-5:30

Toasts 5:45-5:55

Dinner 6-7

Cake Cutting 7

First dance 7:10

Father/daughter, Mother/sons dances 7:15

Bouquet/Garter Toss 7:20

Dancing Opens 7:25


Ours is fairly similar to this


Post # 4
9955 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hi @c0urtn3y1988:  First and foremost, I see you are fairly new to WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”

To be truthful… there is no absolute order any more in how to do things… you can arrange them as you wish

Although the order that MrsN14: supplied is very traditional (altho many a Wedding has the Toasts & Speaches happen right after Dinner… with the Champagne that is served for the Cake Cutting)

Today you’ll find if you read posts on WBee that many Brides mix things up a lot… maybe even having their First Dance BEFORE Dinner

Altho, from an Etiquette POV, the reason that the First Dances happen after Dinner, is it is “a sign” to open the Dance Floor to Guests… if you have the First Dance prior to dinner you run the risk of folks getting up and dancing during dinner… which can cause a very disjointed dinner hour… not to mention that if it is a sit-down affair, with served courses, that there could be a lot more food going to waste (people don’t pay attention, so they arrive back at the table to a cold meal).  Their loss for sure… but as you are paying, it can be disheartening to see.

Also have seen the Bouquet & Garter Toss towards the end of the evening… before the Bride & Groom are getting to leave for the Evening (or to make their first exit to change into their Going Away Clothes if they are keeping that tradition).

Hope this helps,


Post # 6
3277 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@c0urtn3y1988:  Ours will go until about 11pm. We’re having a full open bar and didn’t want to deal with drunk people much later than that lol

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