(Closed) Reception Schedule?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
5763 posts
Bee Keeper

That’s a long time for speeches! Is that the norm for weddings in Canada? Our Bridesmaid or Best Man & Maid/Matron of Honor are the only ones who made toasts and they totalled 5 minutes.

The photograpgher was there for 8 hours,but I think he wasted too much time standing around during the makeup and hair. I actually asked him to go to the venue to get pictures there before guests arrived,and then come back to the house where we were getting ready. He started at 2 for a 5pm wedding,reception was til 10.

First dance was right away,cake cutting around 9(then desserrt buffet opened as well),bouquet & garter around 8……

I think it depends on what you actually want him to shoot. What time does your reception end?10?

Post # 5
5763 posts
Bee Keeper

OK…the ceremony & reception were at the same place,so immediately after the ceremony,we did the posed pictures on the beach while the guests went to cocktail hour. Called in to dinner around 6:15.

I think the norm here is the cake cutting closer to the end so that there’s time to serve and clean up and when people are again ready to eat. (We were told approx. an hour before the end).

I really think you can do whatever you want in whatever order you want,as long as the DJ and photographer have an idea of what you want and when.

Post # 6
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would actually recommend getting all the important events and tosses out of the way before 9pm if possible, for the benefit of anyone who might want to retire from the party early (grandmas, kids, etc).  That way you can have your photographer for the earlier time slice and have pictures of you getting ready.  He/she only needs to be there for the “zipping up the dress” part anyway.

Post # 7
34 posts
  • Wedding: January 2010

We had longer speeches than most American’s are used to as my husband is British.  We actually printed an “Order of Events” for the reception and had one at each place setting on top of the menu so that people would know what to expect.

 Here is the text:

7:30PM Cocktail hour

8:30PM The Wxxxxxx’ First Dance

         You’re the Why by Dury & Jankel

8:45PM  Dinner served

9:30PM Speeches

Father of the Bride……Michael S. Mxxxxxxx

Maid of Honor………….….Micah Bxxxxxx

Groom…………………………Ross F. Wxxxxxxx

Best Man………………………..Thomas Rxxxxxx     

10:00PM Cutting of the cakes

10:00PM-12:30AM Dancing and merriment

12:30AM The Wxxxxxx depart.


We did the Father-Daughter dance right after the speeches.  Since DH’s mom is deceased, we didn’t have a Mother-Son dance.  We did, however, have him ask my mom to dance 1/2 way through the F-D dance and then my dad cut in to dance with my mom and Darling Husband and I danced.  It made it a little less awkward than a whole song of me and dad dancing.

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