(Closed) Reception order of events – What are you doing?

posted 6 years ago in March 2012
Post # 3
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think yours sounds ok.

This is what we did, our reception was same venue as our ceremony:


Seating Begins


Cocktail Hour/Music-Cheder Yichud-Photos

Announcement of Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom First Dance

Table Blessing

Food Serving


Bride and Groom Mingle with Guests


Mother/Son and Father/Daughter Dances

Money Dance

Cake Cutting

Light Music/Desert

Music/Dancing/Mingle with Guests

Bride and Groom Exit


Post # 4
5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ours is guests arrive, B/G & Bridal Party arrive and are announced, B/G 1st dance, cake cutting, food served. This gives the cake servers time to eat and to cut up the sheet cakes so people can go grab it after dinner. I wanted everything done at once, so once we finish eating, we can PARTY!

Post # 6
2106 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We will have a dining room across the hall from the cocktail/dance floor room. Our order:

7PM: Wedding party enters, announced, Immediately first dance.

7:10PM Lead everyone across the hall to dinner, which begins with a toast from the Maid/Matron of Honor and Best Man.

7:15-8 Dinner, with cake cutting and serving at the end.

7:45 8PM the dance floor room will be reopened as soon as the cake is served

8:30PM Bouquet toss/garter toss/closing doors to the dinner room.

9PM Longest married couple dance

10PM Music switches from classic rock and squeaky clean 90s pop to club music

11pm Last dance.

We’re not doing mother/son, father/daughter, money, or other dances.  I went to a friends wedding and she had her first dance first and it was WONDERFUL.  It meant that people didn’t have to leave their dinner table to watch the dance, and it meant that people who finished dinner early could go and dance or start hanging out by the bar/dance floor whenever, without waiting for the bride and groom to dance.

Post # 7
327 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We only have four hours in our venue, so we get a cocktail “half hour” before the wedding party arrives. ScottSouth and I will have our first dance immediately upon our arrival and then we’ll lead the buffet line. Toasts will happen while everyone is finishing dinner. Toasts will lead into ou father-daughter and mother-son dances. I actually don’t remember if the cake comes immediately after those or if we have some time to dance first… In any case, the bouquet toss will come shortly before the end of the night and our exit under an arch of sparklers.

I still kind of can’t believe these words are coming out of mouth. In less than one month I am getting married!

Post # 9
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Here’s what our timeline looks like. We’re thinking of putting some open dancing between garter/bouquet toss and money dance.

5:30-6:30 PM Hors D’oeuvres Passed
5:30-9:30 PM Host Bar Open
5:30-7:30 PM Photobooth Open
6:30 PM Guests Directed to Seats
6:45 PM Grand Entrance
          Includes bridal party and kids, no parents
6:55 PM Toasts (Maid of Honor and Best Man)
7:05 PM Bride and Groom Thank You
7:10 PM Buffet Dinner Served
           Bride and Groom Visit Tables

8:15 PM Couples First Dance
8:20 PM Mother Son Dance
8:25 PM Cake Cutting
8:30 PM Bouquet and Garter Toss
8:40 PM Money Dance
Open Dancing

Post # 9
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012
Post # 10
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

6-7: Bridal Party in pictures // Guests at Cocktail Hour (w/ butler passed hors d’oeuvres)

7-11: Reception

  • Family and Bridal Party Enter
  • Bride and Groom Enter
  • First Dance
  • Appetizer Served
  • Blessing by FoG
  • Salad Served
  • Dinner Served
  • Toasts: Best Man, MoH, Groom, FoB
  • Bride and Groom Visit Tables
  • Dinner cleared
  • Father-Daughter Dance
  • Mother-Son Dance
  • Open Dancing
  • Cake Cutting
  • More Dancing
  • Final Dance
  • Private Moment with Bride and Groom and Photographer on Rooftop

Post # 11
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@heather5743:  People will not leave if you and groom dance first. You can save the parent dances until after dinner so there is still another major moment to wait for.

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