Post # 1
I heard back from the DJ we were interested in and he asked what our timeline looked like…
Wow… I never even thought about this once! I need your help bee’s. How long are receptions usually (does it matter if it’s in the evening if it’s longer or shorter)? Our venue is an hour away from everyone so were trying to keep that in mind.
I thought our ceremony would be somewhere between 5 and 6… if you were attending a wedding what time would you prefer to eat because that is what the ceremony currently depends on… Were doing a first look so we will need maybe 20 minutes for pictures while people find their tables in the reception hall. Then we’ll be getting ready to eat as soon as we get up there!
Rough time lines anyone? Key events I should make sure we have time for… I know the mom and son dance the first dance the dinner tossing the bouquet and garter and meeting with our guests… (we have 15 tables of guests). Am I missing anything? Sorry for all the questions but I was in blank stare mode as I realized I have no idea about any of this stuff LOL. Thanks bees.
Post # 3
There are a ton of options. Try googling “wedding reception timeline” to get a few samples. It will vary based on what traditional events you are doing.
I wouldnt worry about how far people are driving because they will leave when they want to even if its a bit earlier, but if people are having fun they wont want to leave.
Post # 5
Well, just as long as you have a general idea of when you would like to have dinner served, everything else follows in whatever order you want, some people arrive and do all the important photo moments first like cake cutting, first dance, boquet toss etc if the photogapher is on an hourly contract to save money. The traditional timeline is that you arrive, give the toasts, the blessing and have dinner served and then you wait until people are finishing eating and have the DJ announce the cake cutting, that is served and then you usually do the garter/boquet toss or any other games then the special dances, then open the dancefloor. But you can have these things in whatever order you want, I think your DJ just wants to know the order of events that he has to announce.
Post # 6
My reception is 5-10. One hour for appetizers (while we get pics) and then 4 glorious hours of eating, dancing and photos!!!!!
Post # 7
@lefeymw: Lol honestly I never thought to google it… I got the email and came right to the bee. Thanks! I’m looking around online now. =)
Post # 8
@Annabelle86: thanks, I was missing a lot of stuff LOL.
@Carolyn72: 5 to 10 seems like a good amount of time. =)
Post # 9
Cocktail hour starts at 6, dinner at 7 and we have the room until midnight. I like the 6 hour range b/c that gives you more time for dancing.
Post # 10
@MUI831: I wish we could do 6 hours for our reception but the DJ is $75 an hour… and our budget is getting tighter all the time… =/ I figured we could have 5 hours for the reception with a half hour for the ceremony.
Post # 11
here’s my rough timeline-
5 pm cocktail hour
6 pm bridal party arrives
7:30? special dances
8 pm? general dancing
11 pm bar closes
11:30 or 12 am last dance
Post # 12
@red_rose: thanks! That’s actually really helpful!
Post # 13
@red_rose: Ideal. Some add on an extra hour because it goes by so quickly. you can also do an after party. I think Joy’s timeline is perfect though.
Post # 14
Here is what we got as of now:
6:45 p.m. – Hors D’oeuvres /cocktail hour
7:20 p.m. – Introduction of Wedding Party and Bride and Groom
7:35 p.m. – Dinner
8:00 p.m. – Toasts
8:30 p.m. – First Dance
9:15 p.m. – Wedding Cake
9:30 p.m. – Dollar Dance
10:00 p.m. – Garter Toss, Bouquet Toss
11:00 p.m. – Bar closes
12:00 p.m. – Last Dance
Post # 15
We’ll have the ceremony from 4:30-5:30 (ish, we’re Lutheran, it won’t be an hour). Leave travel time for guests to get to the reception 20 minutes away.
Dinner served from 6:30-8:00. Toasts during dinner, cutting the cake right around 7:30 so it can be served to guests.
8:00- 1st dance as a couple, Mom/daughter dance, mom/son dance, big ol’ party starts.
9:30- dollar dances
10:30- garter (toss/musical chairs, we’ve yet to decide)
11-12:45- more ‘party atmosphere’ dancing with more current songs/club type of feel.
12:45-1 – last dance/wrap up the night
Post # 16
Here is the wiki on wedding day timelines… don’t know if this would help or not: