(Closed) Reception format

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

So far, we are planning to have the bridal party annouced, then we are annouced. We’ll be immediatly cutting the cake, then relaxing for a few.

Before dinner, my Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man will give their speechs. After dinner, my father wants to say somthing. Then, we’ll have our first dance.

My father and I will dance after that. We’ll all dance for the next hour or so, then toss the bouqet and garter. 🙂

Post # 4
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

oooh, i just met with my dj yesterday and worked it all out!

I referred to these posts first:

Mrs. Candy Corn, Mrs. Pomegranate, Reception Timeline thread

and here is my timeline(very rough and loose for now):

6:00 PM Reception Starts  
7:00 PM Bridal Party Introductions (parents, bm and gm, B and G!)  
7:10 PM Blessing/Prayer  
7:15 PM Dinner Served
7:30 PM Toasts
7:45 PM  bride and groom thanks/ photo slideshow
8:30 PM First Dances  (bride and groom, father/daughter, mother/son
8:45 PM Dancing Begins 
9:00 PM Cake Cutting  (chocolate strawberries
9:30 PM dollar dance
9:50 PM Bouquet/Garter toss (pickup music tempo
11:30 PM Last Dance

Post # 5
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i should add: I posted on a thread about the dollar dance, (there is a wiki too!)and I know some people think it’s cheesy, but it’s totally common and normal in my family and we’ve always had a lot of fun.  You never make that much money on it, and I would never do it for the money.  it’s more a contest of who dances more…the bride or groom!

We’re having a chocolate fountain, not a cake, so we’ll be feeding eachother chocolate-covered strawberries in stead of pieces of cake

Post # 7
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

When we arrived we took a few moments to relax, talk with our families and got settled at our tables. We got our food and did the toasts shortly after that. We ate and did the cake cutting after that. Then we did our first dance, father/daughter, stepfather/daughter and wedding party dance. Then it was party time after that! Later on in the night, my sister sang "Bless the broken road" for us and that’s when I changed into my surprise dress for my husband. Then it was back to partyingthe night away.

Post # 8
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We’re having the ceremony and reception at the same place. (ceremony outside, reception inside). Also, we’re doing all the pictures beforehand (so won’t need the time in between). Here’s what we’re planning so far:

 Bridal party and B&G hidden somewhere while guests find their tables (maybe with a bridal party-only champagne toast!)

After guests are seated, introductions:


Bridal Party


Sit for dinner. 

B&G and Bridal Party go thru buffet first. 

B&G greet guests table-to-table during dinner (with 350 guests we should have time to eat AND greet. 🙂 ) 

When final table is thru line, cut the cake. 

‘First Dance’

Combined mother/son, father/daughter dance.

Dance til the sun comes up! (I want to minimize interruptions as much as possible!) 


My question is…. where should the toasts go?

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