Post # 1
Bees! I need help with my timeline!
My ceremony is going to be a different day, so I need help with the reception. We have 50 people coming.
It’s going to be cocktail style (heavy hor d’oeuvres and little desserts, we’ll still have tables for people that want to sit down while eating and talking) that starts at 7 pm and has to be done by 11 pm (after party at a club).I don’t want to do the garter or first dance or entrance, but I would like to have a toast (maybe with a speech) and a cake cutting.
As of now, I have my venue, my caterer and my DJ (a friend will be taking photos) but I haven’t planned any type of timeline and have no idea how it will go on. Like, my vendors only know that it’s going on from 7 to 11 and that there will be dancing.
The idea is to have a straight up dancing party, only with amazing food and drinks.
So, what would a timeline look like? How long till we start dancing? What time the cake cutting, toast?
I’m completely lost as to what to do!
Post # 3
I would do an entrance/intro, followed immediately by toasts, then start the dancing! People can eat, sit or dance as they want. Then maybe cut the cake around 10, so people can enjoy the cake and end with some more dancing.
Post # 4
@new york bride 13: I always thought I should do food first dancing later, but you’re totally right! thanks!
Post # 5
I think you would be best off doing SOME kind of entrance. It doesn’t have to be big or elaborate just have your DJ announce you “Everyone can I please have your attention? Please welcome the new Mr. and Mrs” cheers applause and back to mingling. Especially among my friends and family there are always a few straglers so having some kind of entrance say at 7:15 should ensure that most if not all of your guests are there. Then have mingling/eating/drinking time and do the first toast around 8:00. Since you don’t want a first dance maybe do an anniversary dance to get everyone on to the dance floor. We are doing one as well. Have your DJ start by calling up married couples that have been married 1 year or less (obviously this includes you), then 2 years, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30+ or whatever increments you want. I see it is a fairly small reception so you may not need too many, maybe 1 or less, 5, 10, 20, and up? Once everyone is on the dance floor dancing continues for the next 60-90 minutes. Then cut the cake. Then dance some more! You could consider some kind of send off when the night is over, that could be fun too 🙂
7:00 pm guests arriving
7:15 Bride and Groom entrance
7:20-8:00 mingle time
8:00 toasts (depending on how many you have … )
8:15 or so Anniversary dance (pick a special song)
8:20 dancing continues
9:30 Cut that cake!
9:30-11:00 pm Dance the night away!
Post # 6
@RiverBride13: awesome, how detailed! thank you so much!