Post # 1
This is what my reception timeline looks like now…it might need a little tweaking. I’m curious to see what other brides are doing…show me yours!
4pm – Grand Entrance (bridal party & newlyweds)
Bridal Party Dance (not sure about this…fast or slow song??)
Grace on dinner
5pm – Dinner is served (buffet style, table by table)
Speeches (MOH & Bridesmaid or Best Man, during dinner)
Sister Sister/Mother Daughter Dance (in place of Father Daughter Dance…my father passed 6 years ago)
Mother Son Dance
7pm – Cake cutting
9pm – Closing song
Sorry if this is too long! Is it just me or does it feel like there won’t be much dancing with this timeline? I want more dancing! I’m thinking of taking out the garter re-applying. I know it’s my day, but I want opinions!
Post # 2
It depends. Do you have a lot of guests who actually will want to do alot of dancing? I think your timeline is fine, but it really depends on your guests.
4:30 cocktail hour
5:30 introduction of bridal party
6:15 dinner announcement/serving
7:15 first dance, then father/daughter dance, then mother/son dance
7:30 dance floor open to all
8:30 cake cutting
9:00 bouquet and garter toss, then back to dancing
9:45 final song
Post # 3
Im in the Uk so our day is generally longer. Ours looks a bit like this (very rough):
3:00 (start of reception) cocktails/ mingling
4:45 call to dinner
7:00 cake cutting
7:30 dancing starts
8:00 evening buffet/ dessert table put out
10:30 our exit
Post # 4
This was our timeline
5-6PM: Cocktail hour
6:30PM: Grand Entrance
– First Dance
6:45PM: Welcome/Prayer given by my father
8:00PM: First and only speech given while guests eat dessert
8:30PM: Father/Daughter Dance
8:45PM – Toast from DH’s father
9PM: Cake cutting
9:20PM: Final song
Post # 5
My family are dancers lol Fiance’s family will probably dance too! I felt like it was a lot to put into a 5 hour reception, but assuming that each song is roughly 3-3 1/2 minutes long, I’m thinking it will be alright 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Post # 6
That’s a nice timeline! Thank you for your input!
Post # 7
I like your timeline as well! It has a good flow to it! Thanks for sharing!
Post # 9
What is garter re apply? Sounds even more awkward than garter removal. You can also skip bridal party dance that is also usually pretty awkward.
Post # 10
We decided to skip the bridal party dance altogether!
Post # 11
The garter re apply is when the guy that catches the garter puts it on the girl who caught the bouquet!
Post # 12
Yeah I would leave that part out…sorry, the garter reapply is the worst for everyone involved. Bonus: another song for open dancing!
6-7 cocktail hour
7 bride and groom intro (not introducing bridal party)
blessing of the food
8:05 first dance
8:25 cake cutting
10 last call
10:30 sparkler exit
Post # 13
yea no that’s seriously awkward… i wont be having that. Unless maybe the two invloved are an actual couple – which is possible
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2015 - Restaurant
I have a very weird timeline 🙂 especially because I have the venue for 11 hours. LOL. I know it sounds like A LOT, but in Mexico people usually celebrated until the sunrise. Actually, my mother was th one who insisted that our wedding should end at 2 am at least! (I wanted to end it at 11 pm). Fiance agrees and so does most of his family.
Anyway, timeline looks like this:
3:30 pm Guests’ arrival
4:00 pm Wedding Ceremony
4:30 pm Pictures
5:00 pm Cocktail hour
7:00 pm Dinner
9:00 pm Cake
11:00 pm Appetizers
We are having ambience music all around our timeline 🙂
Post # 15
Another UK bee here; our time line was as follows:
1.45pm: drinks reception with canapés.
3.30pm: guests seated for meal.
3.40pm: bride and groom enter; speeches and toasts (from. FOB, groom, best man, and MOH).
4pm: dinner served.
5.45pm:group photo and slideshow in cinema, followed by ‘down time’ for guests to freshen up/change etc.
6.30: acoustic guitarist/singer starts for those who are still in the bar area.
7pm: evening reception officially starts, bride and groom enter and mingle and greet evening guests
7.45pm: cake cutting and bouquet toss
8pm: first dance played by band.
8pm-11pm: band and dancing.
11pm-1.30am: DJ and dancing.
2.30am: most guests retire to bed.