(Closed) What is the typical Reception Program?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I think it depends on when your reception is (early evening, late evening, etc) and if you’re serving a full blown meal or just apps.  We’re doing 1-3, then dinner, toasts, then the shoe game in lieu of the first dance, then cake cutting.  Our ceremony ends at 7:00pm and our guests will go straight into the next room for cocktails and dinner.

Post # 5
488 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Im confused about this too.  I was told two diffrent things the first one looks simliar to yours and the second looks like this

1. guests find their seats

2. bridal party and parents enter

3. bride and groom enter

4. dinner

5. speeches

6. cake cutting

7. first dances

8.garter/bouquet toss.

9. more dancing

thats it.  and this is how my DJ says he has done it for the most part.  I like the way you have it better.  I dont think there is a set way of things but more what you feel is comfortable and works for the two of you.

Post # 6
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I interned at a reception venue one summer and the way they did receptions was

-Cocktail hour

-Guests take their seats

-Bridal party enters and takes their seats except bride and groom

-Bride and groom do first dance (for picture reasons)

-Bride and groom cut the cake (again for picture reasons)

-Bride and groom sit down and first toast given (usually father of the bride)

-First course served, after first course, second toast (best man usually)

-Entrée served, after entrées served, second toast given (MOH usually)

-Cake served



This is by no means the “typical” reception, that’s just the way they did it. There is a lot of room for variables in the order, when it gets to that point just ask the venue what they recommend.

Post # 8
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

we;re having an evening reception and it looks like this: (pretty similar to yours but is helping me to write it down since I haven’t come up with my timeline  yet lol)

-cocktail hour (6-7)

-guests enter reception (7)

-parents enter

-bridal party enter

-bride and groom enter

-first dance (7:10)

-father daughter dance

-mother son dance

-Blessing (7:25)

-Fathers’ speeches

-First course served (7:40)

-MOH/BM speeches

-Second Course (8:00)


-Cake (9:30)

-Dancing (til reception end at 11)

-After party (11-?)

Post # 11
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Here is our schedule as of right now. We are not really sure about doing fireworks, but I would like to if there is money left over from our budget.

– Ceremony 5:30 pm

– Cocktail Hour 6:00 pm

– Formal Introductions 7:00 pm

– First Dance 7:05 pm

– Toasts 7:10 pm

– Dinner 7:15 pm

– Cake 8:15 pm

– Parent Dances 8:20 pm

– Fireworks 8:30 pm

– Open dancing 9-11 pm

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