(Closed) Reception Timelines….eek. help!

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1149 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t have any specific experience in planning wedding day/reception timeilnes, but check out the Wiki page on this topic, at the bottom are links to some of the Bees’ sample timelines that might help you out!



Post # 4
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

The wiki page was a HUGE help to me when I worked on the timeline. 

Post # 5
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I second the Wiki suggestion!  There’s a lot of great stuff on there!  What I did was just put everything we wanted in the reception on a list and start working from there.  We didn’t want certain traditional events (like bouquet toss and garter toss), so I left those off.  I started with the beginning time of the reception and tried to build in an extra 30 minute buffer whenever possible.  It ended up working really well, and the extra time built into the schedule helped out when my photographer wanted to take us away for extra pictures, or when my dad had to stall for 10 minutes while my mom went out to the car to grab her toast.  🙂  Here’s what it looked like:

5:30 Cocktail Hour begins (we were taking pictures)

6:30 We’re announced and immediately do our first dance

6:45 first course is served (we got all of our food at the same time)

7:00 Toasts/Speeches

7:15 Second course is served (we were done eating and took this time to go around to each table individually to talk to people and take pictures)

8:00 Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances

8:30 Cake Cutting

9:30 Final Dance

Post # 6
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I know there is no set "right" timeline.. its how you want it to be. When we met with our venue, they already had a timeline set in mind, and we just confirmed it with her and moved things around to our liking. She also gave tips and suggestions or comments to help us.

I can probably give a better timeline when I have it in front of me. =) I know the venue gave us an example one to look at. 

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