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Reception Timeline help

Rain, on July 22, 2019 at 3:14 PM Posted in Wedding Reception 1 5
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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?


Latest activity by Tonya, on July 22, 2019 at 5:51 PM
  • Courtney
    Master December 2019
    Courtney ·
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    This is our timeline for now:

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  • Lauren
    VIP September 2019
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    Is your ceremony and reception at the same venue? How long will your ceremony be? Are you doing a first look? Will there be a cocktail hour? Are you having a buffet or plated dinner?

    4:00 - invitation start time

    4:05 - line up for procession - list the order

    4:30 - recessional - family photos?

    4:30 - cocktail hour

    5:30 - guests invited into reception area

    5:55 - Bridal party line up for entrance

    6:00 - Bridal party entrance

    6:10 - First Dance

    6:15 - Dinner is served - If buffet, toasts start after majority is seated.

    6:45 - Toasts - about 2-3 minutes each

    6:55 - Shoeliwed Game

    7:10 - Mother/Son Dance

    7:13 - Father/Daughter Dance

    7:15 - Open Dancing

    8:00 - Cake Cutting

    8:15 - Bouquet Toss

    8:25 - Garter Toss

    8:30 - Open Dancing

    9:55 - Last Dance/Send off

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  • Rain
    Savvy October 2019
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    These are great, thank you!
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  • Michaela
    Super May 2020
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    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)

    8:00 - Cake Cutting

    8:30 - Bouquet Toss

    8:35 - Garter Toss

    9:00 - Shoe Game

    9:55 - Last Dance/Send off

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  • Tonya
    Dedicated July 2019
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    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!

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