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Normal Timing for Wedding Reception
I'm having my ceremony and reception at the same venue. The ceremony is scheduled for 5:00 at night with a served dinner following. Any advice on the timing of all the usual wedding "events" (eating, cake, bouquet toss, sendoff, etc.)? For example, when should I expect to serve dinner? Cut the cake? etc. Just need some advice here!

Married: 07/26/2008
Posted On: Jul 16, 2008 at 12:17 PM | Vendors are allowed | Add to My Watchlist | Flag As Inappropriate

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Jackie Times Two Wedding & Event Planners
Jul 16, 2008 at 1:36 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Congrat's on the engagement. Depending on the religion you practice it can differ and even the ceremony you may choose can play a part. Sometimes a ceremony can take 30-45 min. if you limit the singing to may 2-4 songs. If the majority of the pictures are taken before the ceremony then the last set of pictures will take about 30 min to finish. The wedding party can still be announced. This is where you wedding planner really kicks in. Once the wedding party leaves the room then have the room captain at the venue to serve soups/salads. Announce the wedding party then go into 1st dance once you and the groom re-enter. Then the room can be served the main course once the dance is over. You & the groom get all formal pictures out the way-do cake cutting then toasting. Sit down and eat. Get the party started then about 1 hr later do the bouquet and garter toss. Wait another hr then its time for you to get that grand send off. By that time its 10pm. HTH's. Call me at 205.901.5129 for more.

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Jul 16, 2008 at 4:15 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
The beauty of it all is that you can have done anyway you'd like. Ofcourse the cake should come after having had dinner. If your having pictures taken after the ceremony, make sure there are h'orderves so guest can have that will your having pictures taken. Intros are normally done at the begining and from there you can choose to have your first dance, father daughter dance or whatever dances. I saved all the dancing for after dinner. We all were hungry and just wanted to relax for a minute. After dinner, you can have your dances should you decide to go the same route as I did, or start the "party", and usually the cake cutting and bouquet/garter toss can come in any order you wish, there is no rule. If you have a DJ make sure you work with him/her so that s/he knows as well. Plus, they can give you better insight.
Jul 16, 2008 at 11:54 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Here's a sample timeline you can play with:

5pm Ceremony
5:30 Photos/video session during cocktail mixer
6:30 Seat Guests
6:40 Announce wedding party, BM & MOH toasts during salads
7:00 Serve dinner entree
8:00 First Dance, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Wedding party dances
8:15 Open Dance Floor
8:45 Cut the cake/ throw bouquet/ garter
9pm Continue dancig
10:45pm Last Dance or Make your exit
11:00 Honeymoon begins

Some couples open with the first dance as they make their entrance into the ballroom and save the Father/Daughter for after dinner.

Others do a money dance or anniversary dance, or the chicken dance as a way to get people out onto the dance floor.

Lots of possibilities.
Jul 17, 2008 at 6:20 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
5 pm Ceremony
5:45 pm Cocktails and nibbles
6:30 pm Bride and Groom Make Entrance with wedding party
7:00 pm Dinner Service begins with Toasts
8:00 pm First Dance
9:00 pm Cut cake
10 pm Bouquet and garter toss
10:45 pm Last Dance
11:00 Rice Toss and Leave for Honeymoon
This assumes you want to leave at 11 pm--if you plan a later party then of course rock on!

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