(Closed) Reception Timeline

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I don’t know what is typically done but at the weddings I have attended speeches were done right before the main course or right before the cutting of the cake.

Post # 4
960 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

It can depend on your culture and your venue and the length of speeches.

Eg. The Lebanese wedding I attended had speeches sparatically throughout the night, that was also the case of food (first course came at 9pm!) but thats because dancing and drinking is the main attraction of those

My Venue has a loose time line we need to follow because they have multiple rooms and to reduce the risk of music interupting each other’s speeches they do them at the same time (ish).

If speeches are short, do them before dinner, if you have ramblers, do them after dinner! You don’t want bored guests just waiting for food. I personally don’t like speeches between courses because it breaks up the fluidity of it, but it can also help if oyu find some people’s are really long then you can do 1 person between each course with dinner ending with you and hubby’s speech.


I have 4 courses as well (4th dessert) + cake + a latenight sweet/seafood buffet (Portuguese) so our cake cutting will likely be shortly before the buffet opens around 11pm


First dance IMO is after dinner when you want to start opening the dance floor for others. I’ve also seen it as soon as the couple enters the room before dinner.


IMO talk with your venue if you’re stuck, assuming they’re friendly/helpful they’ll be able to tell you what typically happens at their location and if they have any recommended time lines due to adjecent rooms 🙂

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