I am struggling to come up with a good timeline for the wedding reception. We are starting the ceremony at 4 and reception will end at 10. We want a first dance father/daughter and groom/mom dance. I also want to include a garter toss/bouquet toss and the shoeliwed game but am struggling with when to do all that in between cake cutting and toasts. Any ideas?
This is based on if you're not doing pictures in between ceremony and reception, and that you want to be a part of the cocktail hour. If you're doing pictures, you can grand entrance right before dinner starts. Also, I've always seen First Dances after dinner. I guess that's a personal preference thing. You can also move it up right before dinner (and after your grand entrance). After anniversary dance, and in between all that stuff is just open dancing. You can also rearrange any of it (like you want to do the shoe dance first @ 8:30) Or I've seen it that they do all the stuff right in a row, like father daughter dance, mother son, anniversary, cake cutting, shoe game, bouquet toss, garter toss all @ 7:15 until finished. I personally don't like it; it just seems like a lot
4:00 - invitation start time
4:05 - line up for procession - list the order
4:30 - Ceremony end
4:30 - buffer time, recessional line
5:00 - Cocktail hour start
6:00 - Dinner
7:00 - Toasts at end of dinner
7:15 - First Dance, Father Daughter, Mother son, Anniversary dance (if wanted)
This was our timeline. We started our ceremony around 4pm and did the traditional dances with garter and bouquet toss as well. It went so smoothly. You can always get a good idea by comparing all these timeline examples and plan what is best for you. Best of luck!