Post # 1
For a little background info, I got engaged on November 23, 2013 and the wedding is May 23, 2014. The wedding ceremony is probably going to be at 7:30, followed by wedding party pics for a little bit afterwards.
We do not want to keep everyone out too late and I know we will want to get started on our honeymoon before it’s too late in the day. We are planning to have our exit at 10:30, so that puts us only having 1.5 or 2 hours (depending on ceremony length) for the reception.
I’m a hard time deciding what the order of events should be given the short time. I would really like to start with the first dance, but I’m unsure about the order after that. The other events I want to have (in no particular order atm) are: cake cutting, parent dance, and time for a little dancing and greeting guests.
Please help me put these in the smoothest order for the timeframe? Any other advice is also appreciated.
Post # 3
Is there food at all at your reception? If you are doing appetizers or something, I would enter, do first dance, cut the cake, mingle with guests over cocktails, then open up the dance floor with the parent dances
Post # 4
@mgbser: Thank you, that plan does make sense. We are planning to just have cake and some snack foods, not sure what specifically though. Although we aren’t having alcohol because he will still be 20 on the wedding date. Does this effect anything? Could regular drinks get the same effect?
Post # 5
@Gniddew: I think having a dry wedding will be fine since the reception won’t be long anyways. However, you may want to inform your guests that you’ll only be serving light snacks so no one is hungry at your wedding.
Post # 6
No- it doesn’t matter if you have alcohol, as long as there is something to eat, people will mingle for awhile. You could always do mocktails! My sister is my Maid/Matron of Honor and only 16, so she gets a mocktail at every bridesmaid event and some of them have been awesome!