Post # 1
So I am a little lost with trying to plan whats on the agenda for the evening. (and what things come in order…)
This is how our reception pans out thus far.
4:30 – Cocktails and Hordouves (don’t know how to spell..)
6 ish, our arrival
6:30ish – dinner
10:00 late night snack
Yeah…all I have is that kind of figured out.
I dont really know a timeline for when, speaches occor, cake cutting etc
Also anything that requires us to ‘dance’ has to be done one the actual ‘dance’ starts as dinner is served on a whole other floor than where the music and dancing is.
So then how does it work…our dance…father/daughter dance son/mother dance…I am so confused on how things should be at my reception its horrible!
Maybe a little help from the Bee’s would be great. or let me know how your night is going to take place.
Thanks a million
Post # 3
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
The wiki page was a HUGE help to me when I worked on the timeline.
Post # 5
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)
7:15 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
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.