(Closed) Reception Timeline

posted 4 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Busy bee

We skipped the parent dances, garter toss, and bouquet toss. Just didn’t feel like we had to do those. I don’t regret it. I wanted it to be a party with a looser agenda, not something where I had some tradition to check off every 30 minutes.

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

We are skipping the mother-son dance, Fiance loves his mom but he doesn’t want to do one and his mom doesn’t care either way.

We won’t be doing the garter toss or the bouquet toss. Just not our thing.

And I’m still debating about making the father-daughter dance a spotlight dance. About half the weddings I’ve been to it’s just been a song dedicated to the bride’s father and ALL fathers and daughters go out onto the dance floor for it so it’s more inclusive of your guests and they don’t all have to sit and watch you for another 3 minutes.

But we are including the first dance and the cake-cutting.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We are also skipping the garter and bouquet toss – I find them incredibly awkward and no one really enjoys them. Not sure on the mother-son dance, Fiance is a self-proclaimed “non dancer” and I think doing a first dance will be more than enough for him to deal with. No father in the picture here, so no father-daughter dance either. 

We’re also plannng on keeping speeches to a minimum – maybe just the best man and Maid/Matron of Honor – and they will be told to keep them SHORT! 

As far as dessert, we’re doing cupcakes with a very small cutting cake just for Fiance and I.

Overall, we want to eliminate the tired, awkward and embarrassing moments seen in some weddings. We’re going for a fun evening – no kids, candy buffet, espresso bar, photo booth, excellent food, flowing libations and great music!!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2018

We’re having a cake cutting and first dance, but no garter toss (just creepy and weird in my honest opinion) and no bouquet toss. Not sure about the father-daugther and son-mother dances yet though.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

The only things we’re doing is the first dance and the bouquet toss. I know that some of my girlfriends will want the bouquet toss, so I’ll probably do that. And my Fiance and I really want to do a salsa dance as our first dance, because we became good friends through salsa and that led to us getting together.

We’re not having a cake because neither of us like sweets in general, although we’re thinking of alternatives and will most likely do some fruit tarts (my favorite) and a bunch of chocolate (my FI’s favorite). But no cake cutting.

So just the bouquet toss, probably right after the ceremony, and then the first dance, which will lead right into the dancing. We’re going to have our bridesmaids and groomsmen come up and dance (to faster music, in a group not in couples) right after the first dance to encourage other people to get up and join in the dancing.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Probably skipping all dances (afternoon reception, so no dinner and dancing). It freaks out Fiance to have to dance in front of other people I think! Lol. May do bouquet toss, may not. I went to a wedding recently with no cake cutting, no dances, no garter toss. All they did was the bouquet 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

We are having a father daughter dance and MAYBE a mother and son dance. Originally we wanted to have both but my Future Mother-In-Law has been treating the 2 of us pretty poorly lately and it seems to just be getting worse. 🙁 any way we are having the bouquet toss and the garter toss but I will not be wearing the garter it will but out and separate because I really don’t like when the gys get all up in there. We are mostly doing it because our families are pretty traditional and they said it wouldn’t feel like a wedding to them without it so that was our compromise. We are havign the best man and my 2 Maid/Matron of Honor do a toast but my MOH’s are doing something together and both will be short. We are doing cake cutting but will be serving cupcakes instead. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

mrsrizz:  We’re skipping all of the traditional stuff – not planning on doing any coordinated dances, no bouquet or garter toss, no cake cutting, no send-off.

It’s a semi-formal wedding and we will have a buffet/sit down dinner, assigned tables for seating (but not assigned seats at the table), desserts (cupcakes, donuts, and local popcicles), and a late night snack frito chili pie bar as well as an open bar (alcohol) and a DJ. It’s basically a big party without any of the breaks for wedding stuff, haha!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Rather than dance with my step-dad I am going to dance with my mom! I’m really excited for that!!!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We’re doing all the dances (first, father/daughter, and mother/son), but we love dancing- Fiance and I have been taking ballroom dance classes for our whole relationship and both parents are really looking forward to theirs. 

But I think we’re going to skip both garter and bouquet toss (weirdly, skipping the bouquet toss is one of the only things people have been trying to talk me out of). I don’t even *have* a garter, and my bouquet is handmade and I am so done making flowers- I don’t want to make a tossing bouquet too! 

I’m considering skipping the “entrance” to the reception, too. We don’t have a DJ – so who’s going to announce?- and I’m going to have enough anxious “all eyes on us” moments that day. We’ll see. 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We’re not doing a traditional garter toss, but we made little crossword puzzles with the message

“The Garter and Bouquet Tosses: These traditions originated from a practice of tackling the bride to try and tear off a piece of her clothing for good luck.
LET’S BE MORE CIVILISED, SHALL WE?
That said, we wouldn’t want to deprive you of a little good luck:
the first man to complete our crossword puzzle correctly will win the garter.
(Ladies will be invited to try and catch the bouquet later on)”

We thought it would be a fun twist on old traditions, and include everyone in the fun, not just the singles shuffling around awkwardly.

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We’re skipping the garter toss because the last wedding I was at the whole thing was so incredibly awkward that I decided I didn’t want to put myself or my guests through that lol. We aren’t doing a mother/son dance either. We will, however, have a first dance, a champagne toast, and a father/daughter dance. We are also going to cut a small cake (just meant for Fiance and I, plus the bridal party and immediate family), then we are going to have a dessert table with cupcakes, multiple types of cheesecake, and cream puffs, and we are still undecided on the bouquet toss.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

No dances! No garter either. Not really doing speeches but if someone wants to make a toast I’m sure we’ll all listen! We are cutting the cake and I’m still debating on the bouquet toss- not sure if my single girlfriends would be into it or not, there’s very few single people coming in general 

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