Stay On Time On the Big Day...Planning Your Wedding Reception Timeline

Stay on time on the big day

So you've set the date, bought the dress, ordered the flowers, booked the DJ and planned your little heart out. Your wedding date is almost here and the last minute details need taken care of. Your wedding reception is a time to relax and bask in the joy of your new marriage with friends and family. A carefree time right? Well it should be and will if you plan and layout your wedding reception timeline in advance. This should be an hour by hour breakdown of the events for the evening, taking into account things like the toasts, dancing, dinner, and cake cutting. Make these plans before hand and put someone else in charge of keeping to the schedule on the big day. Give your schedule to your wedding planner, DJ or Emcee for the night to keep things on time. This way you can relax and enjoy yourself!

The average length of a wedding reception is between 3 and 5 hours long. Here is a sample layout for a 4 to 5 hour long reception, start to finish!

Sample wedding reception timeline
Oh and by the way, don't stress if you don't stay on your schedule to the minute. Remember, ultimately a reception is a party and certain aspects of the evening may run longer or shorter than planned. Don't worry, your schedule can always be adjusted. Be flexible and have fun!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome post Mandy! Too frequently people get stressed, rushed, and the first thing to go is organization. It's very important to take the time to create an agenda like this.

    PS, I've found that a cost-effective way to entertain your guests during cocktail hour is with a DVD Montage. hey serve as great entertainment focused on what everyone in the crowd has in common – their relationship with the bride and groom! This serves as a great conversation starter, and can really warm the crowd up to one another. What a great way to kick off your wedding reception!


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