(Closed) What order do you do a reception in?

posted 7 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
10 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was just the Maid/Matron of Honor in a wedding and the order she had was… everyone came in was announced.. then all the first dances..then toasts.. then dinner.. then the bouquet/garter toss.. and then cake!

I will probably do the same order.. it seemed to flow well =)

Hope that helps! 

Post # 5
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This is how our reception went: cocktail hour > guests seated > introductions > toasts > dinner > first dance > dancing > cake > more dancing > the end.

Post # 7
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I should add that we used that order because of our reception site layout.  It was a historical house.  We had cocktail hour on the back veranda, dinner outside on the back lawn and dancing and cake inside.  We didn’t want to have to call people in and out of the house.


Post # 8
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We haven’t completely decided yet but think we will do:

dinner – speeches – cake – first dance – dessert – rest of dancing

We know we want the dinner right near the beginning but haven’t decided the rest of the order yet.  Our reasoning is that we have quite a few hours between the church and the reception – the guests can go straight to the reception for nibbles and drinks but we want to do dinner at the beginning to keep everyone full and happy!

Especially for the older guests who are coming, like FI’s grandmother,  I know before she goes out for a nice dinner she doesn’t eat much that day so we don’t want to keep them waiting on food!

I guess it depends on what time your reception starts as to what time to start the meal.

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