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#11 ssleenyc

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 05:10 PM

Does anyone have a timeline for the order of events for a reception?

#12 Jocy

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Posted 17 September 2009 - 04:23 PM

I really could use help with this topic to. Hopefully some past brides will post!!

#13 Meyer2010

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 12:58 AM

OMG... I was just thinking about this! We just hired our DJ for our AHR and I had no idea what time to have everything!


#14 *Nadine*

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 12:05 PM

Me too! Esp b/c most resorts give you a four hour reception so you have to fit; dinner, speeches, first dance, father/daughter dance, and then actual dance into that timeline!
The only thing i know for sure will be:
Introduction of wedding party
Introduction of bride and groom
Straight into first dance, followed by father daughter dance
MC talks a bit, then dinner will be served. Probably will do speeches b/w courses?

#15 robinkar

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Posted 18 September 2009 - 08:23 PM

We are actually having two receptions - one destination and one back home. So I will give what we are thinking for both.

Destination - since we are having an afternoon wedding
- champagne toast after the ceremony
- pictures
- cocktail hour where we will have the guests mingle, sign the guest book, maybe the cake cutting and of course some toasts since everyone will have drinks in their hands
- since the actual dinner & reception is only 4 hours, we wanted to get some of those things out of the way so there will be more time for the dancing/party portion
- dinner
- first dance, father/daughter, mother/son and then wedding party dance
- dance with the garter & bouquet toss sometime in the middle of the dance timeline

In Canada
- 8:00 p.m. appetizers & cocktails
- 8:30 p.m. guests will be asked to go into the room
- 8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. wedding party introduction, slide show, centerpiece game and some very small speeches
- 9:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. lots of dancing

#16 jh17

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 09:51 AM

Our reception starts at 6pm and we asked the DJ to start at 7pm (we didn't want to pay $300 just for music during the meal so we are just going to use our ipod for the first hour) so I think our will go like this:
6pm-intro wedding party/bride and groom
begin serving dinner right away (or soon after we are seated)
speeches between courses
cake cutting
first dance, father/bride, mother/groom dances
dancing into the night!!

#17 cwelch

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Posted 29 September 2009 - 11:37 PM

My time line looks like this
- introduction of bride and groom
- bride & groom's 1st dance
- dinner id served
- garter & bouquet toss
- cake cutting
- dancing into the night
we are not having father/daughter dance etc, but if you do i would fit it in right after your first dance. Hope this helps!!

#18 caribbeanLover

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Posted 02 October 2009 - 10:31 PM

Thanks for the thread, very very helpful!!
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Tracy and Mike

Married and in love all over again!!!!!!
Happily ever after...

#19 FutureMoreno

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Posted 03 October 2009 - 02:41 AM

Very helpful- thanks all!

#20 Sparkles8300

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Posted 04 October 2009 - 11:05 PM

-4pm ceremony start time. Vows, sand ceremony, sign license.
-4:30pm champagne toast after the ceremony
-4:40pm-5pm pictures with family, bridal party and group
- 5pm-6pm cocktail hour --guests mingle & sign the guest book while we take pics
-6pm everyone gets seated
-6:10pm intro of bridal party
-intro of bride and groom
-first course is served
-toasts from MOH and GM
-main course is served
-first dance
-dancing begins (30 mins)
-Cake cutting
-Bride and Groom thanks speeches
-Fire Dancer Show (10/15 mins)
- father/daughter, mother/son
- dance with garter & bouquet toss sometime in the middle of the dance timeline (around 9:30pm garter toss)
-9:45pm last dance
-DJ invites everyone out to wish us goodbye (sparklers!)

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