(Closed) Timing for the reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t have a strict timeline yet since the wedding is so far away but the basic rundown is:

6:00 – intros

6:05 – first dance

6:15 – toasts (while salads are being served)

6:30 – dinner

7:30 – cake cutting

8:00 – parent dances

8:15 -11:00 – dancing all night!

Edit: I didn’t put times next to any of these things, I hope this is a better timeline for you now! Again, this is the first of many drafts I’m sure… but that’s kind of how we want the reception to flow. 🙂

Post # 4
3049 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

Do you mind telling us what his timeline is? That way we won’t tell you the same thing as he did, since you hate it. I think receptions are really flexible as far as when you do things. Just make sure you have a plan ahead of time so as not to stress 🙂

Post # 5
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m curious what everyone is doing too!  I just want to get the reception started and EAT SOME CAKE but I have a feeling I’ll get vetoed as most people eat supper before dessert bla bla bla. haha

Post # 6
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@missmidcentury: haha me too!!! That’s why we’re doing the cake cutting right after dinner. Most people suggest waiting and having some dancing in between dinner and cake, I guess to let the food settle, but when everyone is up and dancing no one ever goes back to the table to eat their cake! (At least I never do when I’m at weddings! :D)

Post # 7
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I honestly feel like the worst part of the wedding is sitting through speech after speech at dinner.  You are at the table for 2 hours or more.  Boring.

We are doing what they call a NY style wedding –

  • Intros
  • First dance
  • Everyone up to dance
  • Seated for first course – 1st speeches
  • Seated for second course – 2nd batch of speeches
  • Mom/Son, Me/my Daughter dance
  • Everyone up to dance
  • Seated for third course – cake cutting
  • Kids dance w/bride/groom
  • Everyone up to dance
  • Sweet table open

This sets up a party atmosphere where its not just sit and eat and wait all night.  Hope that helps!  And By The Way we are not doing a bouquet toss.

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