Timeline makes me sad!

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

It looks like you have dancing from 8-103:30 with a break for the cake cutting and garter/bouquet toss, if you’re doing that. That’s 2 1/2 hours. Seems a decent stretch

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

a suggestion, maybe you could do the toasts during dinner? that could elimiate about 30 min?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@phillybride61513:  maybe plan for the cake cutting right after dinner?  My DJ suggested that and I like the idea, leaves more open time later on!  

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@phillybride61513:  I would agree with toasts during dinner, then cake and garter, etc. knock that all out and then dancing!

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Why is there a 45 minute break between the first course and the entree? I’d be dyiung for food after that long a wait!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m not sure why the dacing is split in between the meal.  I thought the opening dace was to open the daceing and the bridal party dance was to get more people out on the dance floor with the stoping and starting I feel like people won’t know when to begin to dance.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think four hours is a good amount of time for a reception.  You have a good space between items and anything over four hours for a reception seems to feel long as a guest unless you’re tearing up the dance floor.

The only things I noticed was that dinner should be kept as a block with the entrees and course not broken up by dancing.  I realize most will be seated for this, but they will be talking and having the dance in between will create a lot of downtime when the wait staff will probably not be on the floor.  Toasts being during the dinner block would work better because it’s more casual and the wait staff can start clearing plates or refilling glasses as necessary during that time.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

And yeah I would extend if you can afford it.  With so much going on things are bound to be late. I ahd planed 4 hours of daning and that just zipped by in a flash.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I agree with others that the first course and entree should be MUCH closer together.  It’s also weird to punctuate the meal with dances, in my opinion.  Here’s my wedding day timeline:

2:30 Ceremony

3:00 Bridal party and family photos

4:00 Cocktail hour begins

5:00 Guests welcomed into ballroom

5:15 Introductions

5:25 Bride and groom first dance

5:30 Best man/Maid of Honor toasts

5:45 Guests are seated for dinner

6:00 Dinner

7:30 Cake cutting, Father/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son Dance

7:40 Dancing, Dessert served

8:50 Last Dance

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Ummm…usually the bride and groom cut the cake and then serve the guests (I may be wrong here) – but that would take longer then 5 minutes?

And even if it didn’t you have to cut the cake – and then smush it – get a picture – and then RUN? over to the dance floor and start the garter bouquet toss? % min seems a bit short for that…

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper

@crayfish:  +1 – that lull seems awfully long.  

There’s 45 minutes for the first course and 15 minutes for the main.

What about
7pm: 1st course

7:10:  toasts

7:20: dinner

7:45: father daughter dance / dancing….

9pm: Cake/tosses, etc.

I found that a chunk of people leave after cake… so, I’d do it then and then continue dancing after that…  

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I was in the same boat when I set my schedule as well I figured there was no time for anyone to actually have fun! But then I looked at actually all the breaks vs time dancing and realized that it was plenty just like yours =] looks good to me!

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