(Closed) Wedding Reception Timeline Help

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yay!  I have a mariachi band too!

Our toasts will be during dinner.  I think many of the items on your list won’t really take as long as you’ve allotted for them.  15 minutes for the first dance?  15 minutes of toasts?  30 minutes for the dollar dance?  (Well I suppose that’s possible, and you’d be quite rich afterward!)

My timeline isn’t as granular, but it goes something like this:

1:00 ceremony

2:00-4:00 gap for pictures, travel, Out of Town guests to check into hotels

4:00 reception starts, bar opens, Mariachi band sings

5:00 bridal party makes grand entrance

5:25 cut the cake (to be plated by staff while we eat)

5:30 dinner (toasts happen during dinner), Mariachi band sings to each table

6:30 first dance, father-daughter dance, etc etc

6:45 dance floor opens

8:00-ish (or whenever the DJ gets around to it) bouquet and garter tosses

Post # 4
522 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Here is the timeline that my venue wrote up for me. I will probably keep everything as is.

2:00  Pre-ceremony Pictures 

2:00  Reception Room Ready to Decorate

3:00  Prepare Meadow for ceremony

3:30  Guest anticipated arrival time, bar opens

4:00  Wedding Ceremony

4:30  Appetizers/Cocktails for Guests

4:30  Receiving line, post-ceremony pictures

5:30  Private appetizers for Bride and Groom

5:45  Bride and Groom introduced

6:00  Salads & Bread Service Down

6:20  Entrees Served

7:00  Toasting

7:15  Cake Cutting

7:30  First Dance

9:45  Last call at bar

10:00  Personal Item Clean-up of Reception Room(s)-30 min. prior to end

10:20  Dinner to go for Bride and Groom is ready

10:30  End

10:30 – ??? After party next door!

Okay, I added the last one myself.

Post # 6
235 posts
Helper bee

Maybe shorten the 6pm-7:30pm Mariachi plays, people might start getting antsy. Also, while people are getting seated you could cut your cake, then maybe do the garter/bouquet toss before the dollar dance or after so you can dance through from 11-1!


Good luck! (I haven’t even thought of a timeline yet.. Opps!)

Post # 8
235 posts
Helper bee

Ahh, I didn’t think about band minimums.. They’ll get you!  You could always have the toasts before dinner, then the time for toasts won’t be determined on when you’re done walking arond talking to all your guests. Then the Japanese drummers can start when you are finishing up your walk arounds. You hav a TON you can play around with.

30 minutes is kind of long for the drummers, I’d get a headache.

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