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how does the sequence of events go at the reception??????

Married: 05/24/2008
Posted On: Mar 22, 2008 at 5:52 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Mar 23, 2008 at 11:20 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
As has already been said, your reception can be any way you want it to be! I tell my clients, "Do exactly what YOU want to do, and don't feel you have to take advice from anyone, including me!" :)

In my experience, the "usual" order of events in a reception is:
• Introduction of Bridal Party
• Blessing
• Toast(s) Sometimes reversed with blessing
• Dinner
• Cake Cutting
• First dance
• Set of dance music to get people going
• Bouquet/Garter toss
• Father/Daughter Dance (if no money dance)
• Mother/Son Dance (if scheduled--not always done)
• More Dance music
• Money Dance if scheduled (Parents dance w/ bride/groom at end to cover Father/Daughter Dance, etc.)
• Dance music until the cows come home!

Feel free to contact me for any other questions or followup! And best wishes for you on your wedding day!

Married: 07/06/2007
Reviews: 5
Mar 22, 2008 at 11:29 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
This is another one those no right or wrong answer questions. It can start off with the introducing the mr and mrs and wedding party, and then the first dance, or can hold off on the dance and eat, then dance. Toasts can either be done after cutting the cake, or Ive seen it done during the dinner. I mean it really can go anyway you want it to. If you have an wedding planner or event captain at your reception venue they can work with you to come up with a plan to fit your needs. Personally, I held off on the dance till after dinner, just because I knew people would be hungry and so were we and also because we had a firt dance that was interupted by a fast merengue song that my whole party joined in on. It made more sense that way.
Mar 23, 2008 at 10:44 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thats right there are no right or wrong answers. Your reception is uniquely the two of you!
Your wedding consultant will sometimes work with you to create a timeline given to all your vendors.
Most times this is left up to the entertainment. If I am djing this is the format I like to follow,(personalized/modified during our consultation):
Formal introductions
First Dance
Father/Daughter dance
Mother/Son dance
Cake Cutting
Open dancing
Bouqet and garter toss
Open dancing
Last dance
Send off
The reason I do the traditonal events in the begining is so the photographer and or videographer can get shots while everyone is still
dressed up. Then when the meal is served they can loosen up for the open dancing and activities later.
During the consultation with my clients I will go over the timeline by the wedding coordinator or create one with them.

Please feel free to email with any questions!


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