(Closed) Reception Timeline. Dances,speeches, dinner, cake cutting etc

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

2 hours seems really long for dinner?  Our dinner was plated, and the speeches were right after.  


Post # 5
3572 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I cant remember exactly, but I want to say my sister did the first speech before dinner while we ate the appetizer?  Then we ate dinner (maybe 30 mins?) and then there was dancing.  Cake was a couple of hours later.

Post # 6
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think 2 hours is a bit long for dinner. I know with my venue, there is a short cocktail hour, then the cake cutting (so they can cut the rest of the cake during dinner),speeches before dinner, dinner for an hour, first dances, then everyone else. I would speak to your caterer and see if they can come up with a better timeline that would make guests happier. 🙂 But then it is up to your caterer, you and your Fiance, and the venue to come up with a reasonable timeline trying to bear in mind your guests. But I think a timeline that fits in for you and the caterer and venue is probably the best choice. 

Post # 7
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

@Pink Asawa:  Here’s my wedding day timeline:

2:30 Ceremony

3:00 Bridal party and family photos

4:00 Cocktail hour begins

5:00 Guests welcomed into ballroom

5:15 Introductions

5:25 Bride and groom first dance

5:30 Best man/Maid of Honor toasts

5:45 Guests are seated for dinner

6:00 Dinner

7:30 Cake cutting, Father/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son Dance

7:40 Dancing, Dessert served

8:50 Last Dance

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