(Closed) Typical run of show for 4 hour shebang?

posted 10 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

You will have to have a daquiri party because, I’m sorry to say, and I’m just being honest you won’t get through it all.  We started at 6 and were done with everything at 9:30 and we only had 3 toasts which were each under 2 minutes.  We didn’t do a lot of the traditional things either (bouquet toss, garter, etc)

Post # 4
1842 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@mwitter80: I agree, that’s an awful lot to fit in and probably won’t happen.  With cocktail hour at 7:30-8:30 pm, I would almost skip the dinner altogether.  Some guests may even eat before they come if the ceremony doesn’t start until 7 pm.  Can you eliminate the dinner and just have a cocktail hour and then lead right into the reception?

Post # 4
4822 posts
Honey bee

I think the 700 is worth it at this point. I really do because it would really suck to look back and feel more rushed and crazy than your wedding already will.

Oherwise I would do all the dances and speaches while people are waiting for food and being served. Make sure to work it out with the venue to serve food etc despite what is going on on the dance floor. Otherwise there will be no “fun time”

Post # 5
33 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Here is the timeline for our reception:

0:00 – Reception begins

0:05 – Briddal party is introduced

0:10 – Bride and Groom cut the cake

0:15 – Bride and Groom have first dance

0:20 – Toasts and Blessing

0:30 – Salad Course

0:45 – Entree

1:10 – Cake

1:15 – Mother/Son, Father/Daughter Dances

1:25 – Open Dancing until the reception ends


Post # 6
6994 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I dont agree – i think you can get though it all – we did we started at 6 and ended at 9:30 – we extended an hour but just for dancing – we finished everything prior to 9:30

i just pulled out my venue invoice

6:00 doors open, intros

6:10 first dance

6:15 Welcome( by my husband and me -short thank yous for coming, not really a speech), blessing (by the priest) and dinner is served

We did Toasts while everyone was eating their salad – we only had 2, best mand and Maid/Matron of Honor and they were pretty short.

6:45 ( i think people were still eating) we did the father daughter, mother son dances

7:00 cut the cake

7:15 Anniversary dance

7:20 dancing ensued

8:15: Garter and Bouquet toss

after that we danced all night!


Post # 7
4822 posts
Honey bee

This includes the ceremony too, right? 

So I am getting you have exactly 2.5 hours for dinner and dancing and everything else.

Post # 8
4822 posts
Honey bee

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@kessyud: How many people, because its such a short time for your courses, that if its a large reception not even everyone could be served that fast.

Post # 9
4822 posts
Honey bee

double it, just a little bit.

Post # 10
2599 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Here’s what you’ll do if you don’t want to add an hour:

Ceremony at 7 (make SURE you start on time)

Cocktail Reception 7:30-8 (assuming they can flip the room in time)

First dance & toasts to 8:15

Dinner service (on average will go to 9:45)

Cake Cutting, Parent Dances

That will leave you with 1 hour of dancing..

Do your cake cutting once about 75% of the room has been cleared after dinner.  Not everyone will come and watch that anyway and you may save about 10 minutes.

If yu have a partying crowd or one that likes to dance – you may want to rethink that $700.

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