Post # 1
For those of you with a seated meal, what was your reception timeline like?
Tentatively we have our first dance as soon as we walk in, then dinner is schedule to be 2 hours ( 3 courses served ), then speeches, parent dances, cake cutting, anniversary dance and then open dance floor for everyone.
Our caterer recommended having all of the speeches after dinner as opposed to in between courses because it is a plated meal and hard to judge the timing when having to wait on a longer than expected speech ( for example ).They don’t want food to get cold because they are waiting for the Bridesmaid or Best Man to stop talking haha. I was also told that people will be having thier own conversations during dinner and may not pay attention.
I’m a little worried that after dinner people will be eager to get out of their seats and will be bored having to wait another 1/2 hour or so to finish speeches and dances with our parents.
What did/will you do? As a guest what did you like and not like for reception timeline? Any recommendations?
Post # 3
2 hours seems really long for dinner? Our dinner was plated, and the speeches were right after.
Post # 4
@MrsTVLover: Hmm.. do you remember how long it took for your dinner and dessert? I figured there would be some socializing in between courses.. not like at home when i scarf down my meal in 10 mins haha
Post # 5
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
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
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
@Pink Asawa: Here’s my wedding day timeline:
3:00 Bridal party and family photos
4:00 Cocktail hour begins
5:00 Guests welcomed into ballroom
5:25 Bride and groom first dance
5:30 Best man/Maid of Honor toasts
5:45 Guests are seated for dinner
7:30 Cake cutting, Father/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son Dance
7:40 Dancing, Dessert served
8:50 Last Dance