Its party time and time to toss rules out the window. Every
wedding is different. The order of the events bellow arent
written in stone and you can change the orders or dismiss of any
event you dont want.
- You and
your HUSBAND arrive at the reception location with your wedding
up, grab a drink and get into positions for the receiving
line and greet your guests. Your guests will mingle and have
drinks and hors d'oeurves during the time it takes to finish
the receiving line. Traditional Receiving Line-up: http://www.frugalbride.com/receptionetiquette.html
- The next
thing that happens is the MC introduces the wedding party
into the room. Traditional order: brides parents, grooms
parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen in couples, the maid of
honour and best man, then the flower girl and ring bearer
and lastly the newlyweds.
- You could
have your first dance now or wait until after the speeches.
You'll notice that there are no firm rules here because it's
party time. Also, if you are planning on cutting short your
photographer's hours, getting the first dance over with now
allows the photographer to get a few good shots.
you eat, the best man makes a toast to the happy couple.
- If you
have invited your priest/minister have them or someone else
say grace before the meal. Grace is optional.
- We find
that if you are having more then 4 speeches, its more
entertaining when theyre given between courses, but
that's up to you. If you want to have the speeches said one
after the other, that can be done after the meal. You'll find
the order of speeches in our Toasts & Speeches section.
and dinner are done, now it's time for dancing. If you haven't
had your first dance yet, let's go. If you did, then you and
your wedding party should start the dancing. You can also
cut your cake and have the parents dance now too. Try
not to stop your DJ too often, its hard to get everyone
back on the dance floor once its been cleared.
- An hour
after that cut of the cake. You dont have to announce
this, it can be done anytime during the evening. Just make
sure that the views of your photo & video people arent
blocked. To save money on your photographer, do a fake cutting
of the cake earlier and cut down on the amount of time they
have to be at the reception.
- At around
11:00pm its time to toss your bouquet and your husband flings
your garter. I know you like it when I type HUSBAND, I bet
you're smiling right now. This has become an event that only
half the couples incorporate it into their day Personally,
I like it.
- The sweet
table or late-night buffet can start right after the tosses.
change into your going away outfit (if you're doing that),
have your last dance, say your goodbyes and leave.
plan for your wedding party to start packing up anything that
is left behind and that has be removed from the reception venue
once the party is over.
bed, do the nasty, get jiggy with it, play "hide the salami",
if the vans a rockin' don't come a knockin', HAPPY HONEYMOON!!!!