When it comes to your wedding reception, your imagination really is the limit, but for those arranging an evening function it can be useful to have guidelines when talking to the venue, booking entertainment, transport and photographers.

Whether you're starting early or under cover of darkness, out by 11pm or kicking on into the wee hours, we've put together a flexible draft schedule to cover all bases - and ensure nothing is left to chance in planning the big night to follow your big day.

Wedding Reception Schedule

5.30

Musicians arrive at reception venue

Set up for pre dinner drinks in the gardens begin playing 5.45

5.45-7.15

Pre dinner drinks served, guests begin arriving at the reception venue

Pre dinner drinks served in the gardens

6.00-7.15

Roaming entree served

 

6.00

Bride and Groom arrive

Family photos taken at reception venue

6.45

DJ and MC arrives

DJ and MC test microphone and run a sound check.

7.10

Wedding Coordinator makes final check of reception room.

Bride and groom and parents take sneek peek before guests enter.

7.15

DJ starts music

See Cue sheet for key songs attached

7.20

Guests escorted to reception room

Ushers to seat guests

7.30

MC welcomes guests

Introduce bridal party and Mr and Mrs!! bride and groom.

7.35

Champagne poured, first toast and speech by best man

Speech and toast to the bride and groom

7.55-9.00

Main course served, toasts and speeches made, places cleared.

See attached sheet for Order of Toasts and Speeches

9.00-9.15

Bridal Waltz

First dance with H2B, second song with parents and bridal party.

9.15-9.35

Champagne served and cutting of the cake

Bride and Groom to toast as a couple to family and friends.

9.45

Dessert and coffee served

 

9.50-12.30

DJ plays dance set

Announces last dance at 12.20

 

11.30-12.00

Begin goodbyes and throw the bridal bouquet.

 

11.55

Car arrives

Transports bride and groom to Hotel

bridal table at the reception

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