Post # 1
I’m trying to figure out a time line for our reception to give to our emcee.
Our reception will start at 5:00 with the intro of the wedding party, then a couple toats, then dinner at 5:30 until 6:30. At 6:30 there will be about 5 speeches that shouldnt take more than 30-45 minutes.
Now here is where I’m having issues. We have our photographer for 10 hours. I’m debating having her from 11:30 to 9:30 or 12:00 to 10:00. I really want her to get pictures of the bouquet and garter tosses so I need to figure out what time to have them…
My ceremony is at 1:00 but we’re getting dressed at the hotel around 11:30/12:00…
So back to the reception… If speeches end at 7:00/7:15, can we cut the cake right away?
Then do the dances right after?What time could we get the tosses in before our photographer leaves…
Post # 3
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 # 4
I really dont think speeches will take that long but we have..
– Brides parents to welcome Groom into family
– Grooms parents to welcome Bride into family
– Maid/Matron of Honor is going to say a few words
– Fiance and I will thank everyone…
– Our emcee will read any letters from people who couldnt attend.
We’re doing hair and makeup at my place and not having the photographer there. But she will be there for when we get dressed at the hotel… then between the ceremony and reception, we’ll take off with the wedding party to get formal pictures.
Reception will probably go until midnight.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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.