(Closed) Reception Time Line

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

If Mass ends at 4 pm, could cocktail hour start at 4:15-4:30? It depends on how far away your reception site is, but if you can swing it that early then you and hubby will arrive around 5. Enjoy some cocktail hour, then have an invocation before serving the food (5:30). After abour 15 min. of eating, do the toasting(5:45-6 pm). After everyone’s eaten for about 45 minutes (6:15-6:30), you can go into first dance, father/daughter, mother/son, etc. Open up the floor and then within the hour bouquet/garter toss (7:30)…? Cut the cake by 8 and you’ve successfully recept’d four hours. (:

Post # 4
2889 posts
Sugar bee

Can you just add an hour or two to the reception? We will do cocktail hour at 4, but I don’t consider that to be part of the reception, during this hour the bridal party will take photos, the reception will start about 5 and last 6 hours. I figure, we’re only doing this once and many brides complain thereception seems short so why not extend it?

Post # 5
350 posts
Helper bee

I’m in a similar situation to you and I cut back about 15 minutes of the cocktail hour (so it’s a cocktail 45-min) and added a half hour to the end of the reception to have at least 2 full hours of dancing.  Good luck!

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