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The Reception Schedule of Events

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The Reception Schedule of Events

A schedule of events is very important to maintain time limitation and unnecessary overtime charges charged by your venders or other. Setting a time schedule on arrival, announcements, dinner, first dances and bar services should be coordinated by yourself, your wedding planner (if used) or the manager of the reception site. The schedule of events should look something like this given a 5 hour sit-down dinner reception plan.


Arrival of guests make their way through the receiving line. Candid photos are often taken during this time as well.

Cocktails and d’oeuvres served over soft dinner music.

Guests find their seats, bride and groom make their entrance, toasts are made and first courses are served and dancing begins.

Entrée is served.

The cake is cut, throwing of garter and bouquet, coffee/tea and deserts are served and dancing continues.

Bride and groom take their leave.

The last dance is played, parents say farewell to guests and the reception ends.

This was provided to you as a guideline of what to expect, it is not a rule and can be worked with depending on your style, tradition or cultural beliefs. Have your MC be aware of time limitations when announcements and toasts are being conducted to allow accurate timing of all other areas of the wedding reception schedule of events.

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