Post # 1
What would be a suggested reception timeline (4 hours max) for a brunch reception starting at 11:30 am. Ceremony and reception within walking distance (50 feet). If bridal party takes formal pics right after ceremony at 11:30 am and guests have a 30-45 minute "cocktail" hour…
Do we then get introduced, dance our first dance, then eat, then dance some more and cut cake? Or do we get introduced, eat, then dance, then cut cake. Oh, and the major monkey wrench in the picture is that the dining and dancing are in separate rooms. Reception is in the lower level of the Carriage House of a B&B. I wanted different and I got "difficult"!
Opinions, suggestions, please…
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2008 - Riverside Hotel
We’re having a brunch reception, too! It hasn’t happened yet, so maybe someone who’s had one will be able to help both of us with a tale of how realistic any of this is, but here’s what we have in mind, at least, in case that’s helpful (put together with the help of our venue, which hosts brunch receptions often, apparently):
We’re doing what you mentioned in your first option. Ceremony — then pictures while there is a 30 minute or so "cocktail" thing going on. Then we go into the reception area, where we will be introduced, have our first dance and do toasts. They expect this to take about a half hour…then they will open up the buffet (so eating comes next!).
I would think perhaps afterward you could move your guests to the area where the dancing would take place? Except…where is the cake to be cut?
We’re doing the cake cutting after the dancing begins — if there is dancing (not sure how much to expect at a brunch receptionP — and toward the end of the event (kinda to signal the end of the meal/near end of the affair kinda thing), but I wonder if you shouldn’t serve the cake first and THEN move to where the dancing is taking place!
Post # 4
For us the cake will be displayed in the room where the dancing will be, so it will be pretty easy for the DJ to announce to everyone that it’s time to cut the cake, thereby signaling the end of the reception.