Post # 1
trying to get the most of my expensive photographer. she leaves at 9. please any help is greatly appreciated. any suggestions are welcomed!
6:30-7:20 Cocktail Hour
7:20- 7:30 Guests find their seats (Kristen gets everyone to find their seats)
7:30 Newlyweds’ Arrival/ First Dance (Kristen ensures everyone is seated before couple is announced)
Parents and Bridal Party is Introduced
Couple is introduced for the first time as husband and wife
7:45 Cheers and Toasts
Welcome Speech- bride’s father welcomes and thanks everyone for coming.
7:55 First Course is served
8:05 Best Man/ Maid/Matron of Honor speech, Sheema/ GM Speech
8:20 Main Course is Served
8:50 Cake Cutting
9:05 Cake served with coffee
9:30 Bouquet Toss
10:00 Pizza late night snack
10:15 Dollar Dance
10:25- 11:45 Open Dance
Post # 3
@brideanjeza: My first reaction is: I’d be pretty hungry waiting until 8.20 (or later on the back tables) for my main course.
Also, depending how many guests you have, it would probably take more than 10 minutes just to bring out the first course.
I’m not sure where in the world you are, but in Australia we would serve food after the entrance and blessing (and maybe the welcome speech). Speeches and dances would be after the main course dinner.
Post # 4
@paula1248: you are right on everything…. i have no idea on how to squeeze the first dance and cake cutting in before 9 pm.
Post # 5
We are planning on doing our first dance as we enter At 6.30 then entree will be served around 7, speeches, main around 8, cake cutting etc but yes I think yo. Will struggle wit. Getting everything in before 9. We will be doing a mock cake cutting.? Could that work for you?
ETA: we will have nibbles for guests after our 3pm reception and again before we arrive.
Post # 6
@Mrs2b2014: when would you do the mock cake cutting? with our without people around??
Post # 7
@brideanjeza: I agree with Paula, I would be starving by 8.20 (or 8.30+ if Im not first)
Plus, pizza as a “late night snack” just 1.5 hours after being served my main and 45 minutes after cake seems a bit silly.
Is it possible to shuffle speeches and toasts to later in the evening to bring up the food a bit? I know this timeline is more traditional, but I would probably leave not long after your cake is served. Getting up and dancing/drinking is what keeps me awake and able to stay up, after so long of eating and sitting/watching people and listening to speeches I would be reeeeally tired by 9.30pm. Im also 20, we’re not an old couple by any means 😛
Post # 8
@brideanjeza: Several of my friends have done mock cake cuttings right at the start of their reception so their photogs could get a picture before they left for the evening. They didn’t draw it to the attention of their guests (I just noticed because both times I was sitting right near the cake). They then did one later in the night for the guests and invited them to take pictures etc.
Post # 10
My coordinator had the best advice when helping to do our timeline which was: people get bored at receptions. Yes people listen to speeches and watch the dances, but for the most part your immediate families are the most invested. She strongly suggested we do our “activites” as much as we could overlapping with eating time. For example husband and I did our rounds in between courses. First dance and cake cutting were done super fast right away. Speeches were done while people were eating. Cake was served as the parent dances were being done. This kept guests happy & entertained and left us more time for the dance party and photobooth fun we wanted anyway! I echo PP to move the food up as much as possible. Blessing and speeches could be split up so that speeches could be given while a course is being served/eaten. I’ve seen the first dance done differently depending on region so you could always move that to after cake as a way of opening the dance floor if you’re really want to move dinner up.