Post # 1
- Wedding: April 2017 - The Waterfall
Hi Bees! I need a little help. I am trying to figure out a timeline for the reception and when all those special dances should be. As of now, I know we will be doing our first dance right after our entrance. After that, should we go right into the Father/daughter and Mother/Son dances? and Can they serve soup and salad at this time? And if we do it that way, when will the Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man toast be? I don’t want to keep people from eating….
And we wo’t be doing Bridal Party dances, or bouquet toss, or garter toss..just cake cutting.
So what did or what does your reception timeline look like?
Post # 2
Here’s mine (venue said it must be this way)
We come in and get announced.
Cut our cake right away.
Dinner is served.
First dance/Parents Dance
Dance party for all. Cake will be out then for those who want it.
Post # 3
We were introduced followed by the first dance and the father/daughter, mother son dances. Then dinner was served (we had stations). We didn’t have any speeches but, for you I would do them during the salad and soup course. Because once dinner is served and you and your Fiance eat really quickly, you will then need to get up and make the rounds to do table visits.
We randomly did our cake cutting (we had cupcakes plus a small top tier) at some point. We weren’t going to do one at all but I guess some people felt like they couldn’t take a cupcake until we cut the top tier. So I would cut the cake right after dinner. If you wait too late then some people will feel like they have to stay until the cake is cut and your caterer needs time to slice it up and bring it out for your guests.
Post # 4
Just commenting to follow 🙂
I was wondering about this too.
I was thinking it should be we would be announced as bride and groom (I think bridal part wouldn’t want to be)
First dance, then an opening toast
..Not really sure when the bouquet toss should be. Maybe before the dance floor opens to loosen everyone up? lol
Post # 5
jfallon: Just to add, I think you should do the first dance as you are introduced, and toasts before soup and salad is served, and then have the other dances right before you open up the dance floor after dinner
Post # 6
Ours will be as follows:
First Dance +1 extra song to get everyone groovin’! (our first dance is a fast motown song)
Dinner (Toasts while salads are served)
Groom will make welcome speech and invite his mother to the dance floor for their mother/son dance
Father/daughter dance will segway into ‘Shout’ (dad’s favorite song) and people will be invited to join to open dancefloor.
We flipped the mother/son and father/daughter dances so that Fiance could personally invite his mother to dance with him and so that I could open the dancefloor with my dad to his favorite song.
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel
jfallon: I really love this article , it gave me a good idea while creating my timeline.
Post # 8
introduced, then first dance, blessing of the food/dinner, toasts, groom thank yous, father daughter dance, mother son dance, song dedication (surprise for FH). dancing, garter/bouquet toss, cake cutting, sorority/fraternity ritual, more dancing!