Reception order of events

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
1503 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: USA

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xraychick01 : Typically there’s a 30 minute – 1 hour gap between the ceremony and reception for photos, then the grand entrance of the bridal party. You could do a cocktail hour for your guests during that time. Unless you want your entrance to be as everyone is up and serving themselves food. I can maybe see that being an issue if it’s important to you to make an entrance. When are you planning to take your photos??  

Post # 3
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

My ceremony and reception at are the same location and we have a 1 hour cocktail reception prior to the reception officially starting. Please note I am doing a first look beforehand to save time. My tentative day of timeline is below for you:

3:30 – Arrive at ceremony

4:00 – Guests arrive and are seated

4:15 – Ceremony begins

4:45 – Ceremony ends / cocktail hour begins / family & bridal party photo’s

5:45pm – cocktail hour ends – reception doors open

6:15pm – entrance to reception

6:30pm – dinner begins to be served (I am doing a plated dinner)

After that we’ll have speechs, dances, open the dance floor, cutting of the cake and all that fun stuff!

Post # 4
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Here is roughly ours:

4:45 ceremony began

5:15 ceremony concluded

5:15-5:50 Short cocktail hour, we did pics with immediate family at this time

6ish Dinner was served (we had a buffet)

6:30ish Toasts

After dinner finished up, we went right into dances (first/father daughter)

Dessert began being served around 7:15 (we had ice cream) and we did the cake cutting around this time. 

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