(Closed) Order of reception events (first dance, cake, toasts, etc.)

posted 12 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

For now:

entrance, DINNER (toasts during dinner as soon as bridal party finished eating..and we’ll finish first because first in buffet line), cut the cake (served then), first dance, father/daughter, mother/son.  Not sure we’ll do bouquet toss, definitely not doing garter toss.

We might do our first dance right after we walk in though, just to get it out of the way and to prevent three dances in a row.

Post # 5
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ours will be:

Cocktail hour, entrance/introduction, first dance, welcome toast, first course, other toasts, second course, mother/son and father/daughter dance, cake cutting.  We’re not doing the rest of the stuff.  I also didn’t see anything you left out.  Everything looks good to me!

Post # 6
1148 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Here’s my schedule for the reception timeline~

6pm: cocktail hour

7pm: bridal party entrance

7:15: blessing, Dinner served, toasts

7:35: photo slideshow

8pm: first dances

8:30: cake cutting

9pm: bouquet/garter toss

9:15: dance, dance, dance!! 

Post # 8
1530 posts
Bumble bee

I think your timeline sounds good.  We don’t have a cocktail hour and aren’t doing boquet/garter.  I wanted to do the cake after dinner, instead of before.  We’re doing our reception in this order:

-Wedding Party announced (6:50)

-Toasts (7:00)


-Dinner (7:10)

-Cake Cutting (8:10)

-First Dance (8:15)

-Mother/Son Dance (I’m not doing a father/daughter dance) (8:20)

-Dancing!  (8:25-11:30)


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