(Closed) Reception Timeline

posted 5 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
1963 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Could you add where the meal is?

Post # 5
3194 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013


7:45 – bridal party entrance

7:50 – welcome given by the father of the bride

7:55 – dinner is served, bride and groom make their rounds

*Photographers alternate breaks for dinner at this time*

8:35 – champagne is served

8:50 – 9:05 – speeches

*Photographers resume taking pictures at this time*

9:05 – cake cutting

9:15 – first dance

9:20 – father/daughter dance

9:25 – mother/son dance

9:30 – cake is served

9:30 – 11:25 – open dancing!

11:25 – LAST DANCE

Post # 6
1510 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Interested in knowing this as well!

Post # 8
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I was just about to post this same question! Then I saw yours.. I am trying to figure out if there is a “best” most practical way to timeline it, even if untraditional, bc I have often felt like things didn’t really flow well the traditional way as a guest at weddings. Namely that the special dances or speeches were not timed well with the food, and that the cake was served much too late at night… here’s my tentative plan, but I’m really curious about other people’s ideas of how to make it flow best? I already feel like this is rushed just looking at it… maybe I should cut the cocktail “hour” shorter, or combine the special dances.. suggestions welcome

6:00-6:30 Ceremony

6:30-7:25 Cocktail hour

7:25-7:30 Call to the reception (no seperate entrance, B&G enter with guests from cocktail hr)

7:30-7:40 First course is served immediately, B&G give welcome speech on stage and hand it over to the MC & band

7:40-8:15 Band plays instrumental dinner music, seated dinner served.

8:15 -8:30pm Additional toasts, Bridesmaid or Best Man, Maid/Matron of Honor, & FOB, Special dances 1) First Dance 2)Father/daugher, 3)Mother/son, all as dinner is winding down

8:30-9:15 Open dancing

9:15-9:45 Cake Cutting, & Band break, Coffee Served

9:45-10:50 Open dancing

10:50 – Last Dance, and call to sparkler line-up for B&G exit

10:55-11:10 – Sparkler exit 

11:10-Midnight – Piano player only in cocktail lounge for last call, coffee, leisurely exit for guests.

Post # 9
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Alternately, I’m thinking of doing the cake right after the toasts after dinner, and before the special dances… my thinking is, I’d like to have dessert available within 15-30 min of dinner ending (that’s when I always want dessert), and I’d prefer not to break up the dance floor momentum. Then people who want a snack later on can always get some cake seconds or go to our smore station.


Post # 11
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@TaurianDoll:  You have your first dance as soon as you arrive before dinner is served. I personally think that is a little weird. Most people are usually really hungry when it comes to dinner time and are just waiting until food is served, so probably wouldn’t be paying as close attention to the first dance. To me, the first dance should kick off the dancing for the evening, so it should be after your dinner and speeches, right before the father/daughter dance and the rest of the dancing.

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