(Closed) Reception Timeline…what does yours look like?!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Honey bee

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Stephie22:  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. 

My timeline:

4:00 ceremony
4:30 cocktail hour
5:30 introduction of bridal party
5:45 toasts
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
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Bumble bee

Im in the Uk so our day is generally longer. Ours looks a bit like this (very rough):

2:00 ceremony

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

00:00 end

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

This was our timeline

 

5-6PM: Cocktail hour

6:30PM: Grand Entrance

 – First Dance

6:45PM: Welcome/Prayer given by my father

7:00PM: Dinner

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 # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Whats a garter re apply?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

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 # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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Stephie22: Yeah I would leave that part out…sorry, the garter reapply is the worst for everyone involved. Bonus: another song for open dancing! 

My timeline:

6-7 cocktail hour

7 bride and groom intro (not introducing bridal party)

blessing of the food

buffet dinner

8:05 first dance

8:15 toasts

8:25 cake cutting

8:30 dancing

10 last call

10:30 sparkler exit 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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Stephie22:  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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Restaurant

I have a very weird timeline ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

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Stephie22:  Another UK bee here; our time line was as follows:

1pm: ceremony

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. 

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