I came across this in a recent Modern Bride magazine and thought I would pass it along:
Here’s how to time the evening to ensure everyone has a blast (based on a 5 pm ceremony & a full seated dinner)
6:00 – Cocktail Hour
6:45 – Guests move into the area where dinner will be served
7:00 – DJ or Band announces the bridal party & couple
7:10 – Host welcomes everyone, and the first course of the meal is plated
7:25 – Best man and maid of honor make their toasts to the couple
7:35 – The main dinner is served
8:00 – Bride & groom have their first dance, then father/daughter & mother/son dances follow
8:15 – Dancing begins
9:30 – The wedding cake is cut and champagne or coffee is served
10:30 – The last dance is announce (be sure to play an upbeat song!)
10:45 – Newlyweds make their grand exit
11:00 – The rest of the guests depart
The key to a fun & relaxing reception is to have some-what of a timeline, keep it upbeat and entertaining for you & your guests, and don’t be afraid to do things YOUR way!
Until next time, Happy Planning!