Deciding how to order your wedding reception can be extremely stressful! Do you do your first dances right when you enter the reception? Or can you wait till after dinner? Should you cut the cake right after dinner so guests can enjoy dessert? Or start dancing so guests can enjoy themselves? No matter what, music plays a huge role in this!
But either way, all of these decisions are completely yours and are right because YOU chose them. But if you are stressing too much about making those decisions, DJ Kinect is here to save you! He has provided us with a sample timeline that he likes to provide his clients. It is a wedding lifesaver!
- Guests arrive at your Wedding Reception and cocktail music begins
- Bridal Party arrives, followed by the introduction of the Bridal Party
- Bride and Groom First Dance
- Mingling and Greeting Guests
- Invocation, Blessing or Prayer (if desired)
- The meal is served (If buffet style, the DJ can announce the order in which the tables will be served starting with the head table)
- Slideshow presentation tracing couples’ life from childhood to present
- DJ directs games/Icebreakers while parents continue eating & mingling
- As dinner winds down, DJ acknowledges all married couples at reception
- Wedding Game between Bride & Groom and longest married couple in attendance Bride and Groom cut the Wedding Cake
- Toast by Best Man and/or Maid/Matron of Honor
- Special Dances, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, etc
- A separate dance for the Wedding Party or combined 2 families
- Dollar/Money Dance
- Dance floor opens to all guests
- Bride tosses her bouquet
- Groom removes the Brides garter, then tosses the garter to the single men
- Dancing resumes until bride and groom make grand exit
As you can see, your DJ is a huge part of your reception timeline. He will keep things moving (and in the correct order). Also, playing the right music (the music you and your guests love) will help keep things running smoothly and keep people on the dance floor!
DJ Kinect also suggests keeping this list of things in mind. Many of these are things you wouldn’t have even thought of, but they are so smart and important!
- If you have assigned seating for dinner, seat your younger guests closer to the sound system.
- If you have a large Bridal Party, consider dedicating a bridal party dance to them. This will allow plenty of time for your photographer to get candid shots of the bridal party.
- Try not to clump too many activities together. Doing so can upset the flow of the reception making it more difficult to build an energy level throughout the event. Doing everything all at once can also unintentionally encourage guests to leave early. Ensure that your photographer is patient and accommodating, and will stay to capture all of the wonderful moments.
- Make sure you understand that this is just a suggested Timeline. This is something to give you to go off of and build to each wedding specifics. This is to help ease the confusion and relieve some stress in a very stressful time. No wedding is cookie cutter nor should it be. You want it to be as original as possible and rememberable. If you want to go down the isle to an original mix or some cray theme song then do it. I have done Batman theme weddings, Rocky Horror picture show songs for a dance, even mixed the Jaws Theme song into an original for the Bridal entrance song. Let’s work on your signature piece.
- The key to success is making sure communication is open and everyone understands each other.
- Early planning is vital for a personalized touch and better preparation. The longer you give to prepare for this special occasion the better we can serve your needs.
- The wedding planner and/or coordinator for that day and I should be joined at the hip. We need to understand each other and know what is coming next. It would be highly recommended that we have this established before the day of. I have even gone to rehearsals to make sure I understand the coordinator and the facility.
Check out DJ Kinect for your special day! He won’t let you down! He already helped you figure out your timeline 😉