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Reception Timeline?

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#1 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?

    #2 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!!

      #3 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!


        #4 *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?

          #5 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

            #6 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!!

              #7 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!!

                #8 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...

                  #9 FutureMoreno

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                    Posted 03 October 2009 - 02:41 AM

                    Very helpful- thanks all!

                    #10 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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