(Closed) Please help, I’m obsessing about order of events at reception!!

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5883 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would do- No receiving line (they take up a lot of time and with only 60 people, you’ll be able to do the rounds), Intros, toasts, cake cutting, entrée served, make your rounds (make sure you have someone that can tell you when to get up to talk to everyone, if you have 6 tables and have 5 mins at each table, then 30 mins before you dance, you need to get up to mingle), first dance, then cake served while the dance floor is opened up. 

Post # 4
6 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

Hi, I think that a receiving line is really needed unless you have the time or if you were having a ceremony at a church. However, having a ceremony at the venue then its not needed. You can either select a time right before dinner is served to thank everyone over the microphone, prepare a speech as people must make lots of arrangements to attend a wedding especially if they have children. Then throughout the event mix your mingle with dancing and table visits. If you are having a money box, place it behind you to ensure the guests approach you before placing envelopes in the box. At the end, you would have greated everyone. As for the cake… do it 30-40 minutes before the end of the event and once its cut, then keep the dancing going. Be sure to have your DJ on a time line so he can remind you of each event that must take place next or your coordinator. Best of luck!



Post # 5
4156 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I lean towars the venue, but thats just me.  I like the idea of all the food being at one time (even if interjected by toasts) and then dancing afterwards.  And I like the idea of a receiving line, but that’s just a preference.

Post # 6
23602 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I don’t love the idea of a receiving line, but either way is fine.  Go with your gut!

Post # 7
26 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

Receiving line is a personal preference. (Although the parents may have a STRONG opinion about it)


I can’t imagine doing a cake cutting before eating the entree. I went to a wedding where they had dancing before the official first dance, and served the auxiliary cake before the cake ceremony, it was a little strange. I like having the cake cutting later in the evening, because it still gives people something to look forward to.


My personal problem is deciding on the first dance before, during or after dinner.

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