(Closed) Reception Schedule

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Perhaps you could do it at around 7:45?  Have the first dances, play a few other songs, then have that stuff before the photag leaves.  Our DJ really helped us with the order of events of the reception since he’s been to more weddings than us.  Maybe yours can give you a good idea of the timing?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

you will have your 1st dance

then cut the cake

Then toss the flowers…then the garter

you will be done by 8pm with all that. Maybe ask them to stay one more hour to get a little dancing

I was married at 5pm. Entered at 7. Dinner at 7:30…toasts at about 8…then cake, flowers…garter…and then Party!!! 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

btw…you could do the speeches at 6 while everyone is sitting around eating dinner

That is what we did. Only waited 30min to do the toasts after dinner started. Worked out great.

When we moved right over to the cake

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

spraquebride had good ideas. I am planning on cutting the cake after an hour of dancing. Kind of untraditional, but it gives the band a natural break between sets and everyone else a sugar boost after time to digest their dinners.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

I’d also do speeches during dinner just to get it out of the way and before anyone had too much to drink.

I’d cut the cake right after dinner ends perhaps? Sometimes the older guests like to leave at that point.. don’t want to make them wait for their cake!

I’m planning on doing the first dance as soon as we walk in, but my dj will be playing standards through dinner and I want to dance to them 🙂

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I plan on doing speeches before dinner, but we are also only planning on having two people give speeches. I would do cake cutting right before dinner, so that the cake can be taken back and cut in time to be served right after dinner. I would do the garter and bouquet toss like an hour into the dancing, to serve as a nice break up.

It’s okay to mush some of the coordinated stuff in the beginning of the party because some of your older guests might want to see that stuff without having to be out too late.

Otherwise, I think your schedule looks great. If you are still unsure, check to see what your photog charges per hour a la carte, so you can be sure she is there for the garter and bouquet. Or, ask your venue what they typically see.

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

As a PP said, you may want to consider doing toasts while you’re eating. That way you won’t feel like you’re going straight from one “event” to the next in order to get everything in before the photographer leaves. Also, keep in mind that people won’t start dancing until after you’ve done your first dance, so you may want to do it before dinner or as soon as guests start finishing dinner. We did ours right after our introduction so that guests could start dancing whenever they wanted 🙂

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