(Closed) Timeline- what do you think?

posted 7 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How is our plan?
    Good- should keep everyone dancing as much as possible! : (3 votes)
    60 %
    Eh, it's ok, but you should do the parent dances right after your first dance. : (1 votes)
    20 %
    You should do something totally different (which I'll explain below!) : (1 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    144 posts
    Blushing bee

    I went to a wedding in October where the couple did their first dances etc. and cake cutting after cocktails, before we all actually ate. The toasts were given once everyone had their meal and were seated. This was very very nice. Things really seemed to move along and we danced the night away. My only suggestion would be to make sure there’s salad or rolls or something for people to eat while this is going on because everyone was starving.

    That being said your plan sounds fine. I don’t think it’s weird for the guests to eat cake while you guys are having your parent dances. I think it would be a nice break from mingling etc.

    Good luck!

    Post # 4
    Member
    5904 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    i actually really like the idea of having ppl eat cake while parent dances are going on….this can be pretty boring for the guests, usually, so it is a nice way to keep them entertained AND move events along

    Post # 5
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    206 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I am trying to avoid the same problem.  This is the timeline that i have put together in hopes to avoid it.  The times are just an estimte, we’ll be flexible the day of. 

    4-5pm Coctail Hour

    5:00 Guest take seats

    5:15 Bridal Party Entrance (Song)

    5:25 First Dance (Song)

    5:30 Dinner Line

    5:45 Toasts

    6:00 Cut Cake (Song)

    6:20 Father Daughter Dance (Song)

     6:25 Mother Son Dance (Song)

    6:30 Wedding Party Song (Song)

    7:15Bouquet/Garter Toss

    8: 15 Anniversary Dance

    9:30 Dollar Dance

    Post # 6
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    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Everyone will want to see your first dance, so don’t do it during dinner. Why not cut the cake at the end of dinner while guests are gathered, then move to the dance floor for the rest of the evening. People can take a break to get some cake once it’s been cut (it takes a long time for a tiered cake to be plated).

    Post # 8
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    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I totally support the sentiment, I think most people put too little thought into the timeline.

    Whether this time line is best really depends on how late the reception will go. It might be a tad rushed if you are going to midnight, and are starting at 6. But if you are wrapping up at 10, for example, this is a great idea.

    Post # 10
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    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    @ greenleafmountain: then you are on the right path. Your dj and caterer might have some tweaks to the timeline, but it sounds like a good one. My biggest complaint about weddings that end earlier is that if the dancing gets going late, everything gets cut off way too early.

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