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The Best Wedding Reception Timeline

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Wondering what your wedding reception timeline should look like? We've got you covered! In today's blog we are sharing the BEST order of events and timeline for your wedding reception! Let's jump in! 

1. Wedding party entrance + first dances 

First up, your DJ or emcee will announce everyone in your wedding party for their grand entrance into the reception. You and your groom will be announced last and then the two of you will go right into your first dance! Woo-Hoo!

Bride in white bridal jumpsuit dancing with groom at wedding

After your first dance, then you will do your father daughter dance and mother son dance. Once these dances are done, you can find your seats and head into a short toast or prayer before dinner.  

2. Dinner + speeches

Appetizers at wedding reception

Dinner will start immediately after your first dances are complete and your toast/prayer if you decide to have either. While your guests are eating dinner, this is when we suggest having your longer toasts from your maid of honor and best man. It's a great time to have these speeches as you will have everyone's attention sitting down.

3. Dance the night away

The key after dinner is to find a way to get people back on the dance floor! We have found that whatever you and your groom do, your wedding guests will follow. So be sure to get out on the dance floor to get the party started!

Bride in a white bridal jumpsuit dancing with groom at wedding reception

Have your DJ do a group dance, such as an Anniversary Dance, to get everyone on the dance floor! You could have him start with the most recently married couple - you and your groom - and go up to the longest married couple, or vice versa! Either way, make that first song after dinner something upbeat and fun so the party will start! 

4. Cake cutting

Bride in a white bridal jumpsuit cutting wedding cake with groom

After about an hour of dancing, have you DJ play your pre-selected cake cutting song and take a break from dancing to cut the cake near the dance floor. It will be a much needed break from dancing and a sweet treat after dinner! 

Need more help with your wedding day timeline? Lauren offers one-on-one calls with brides to put their wedding day timeline together for them. You can learn more here!