Sample Wedding Reception Timeline + Tips from DJ Kinect

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 😉

Simply Inspirational: Boho Chic

We haven’t seen a boho chic wedding quite like this!! It is PERFECT! Photographer Heather Johnston says that the inspiration for this shoot all started with the bridal gown: “so simple and elegant in the front, however, the back screamed southwestern, boho.” The vendor team for this shoot did an amazing job! We loved every single detail, from the coca-cola bar station and the white tented lounge area, to the gorgeous antique trailers and the beautiful cake set-up. All of it was perfection.

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Boho Chic Texas Wedding

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Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding

Boho Chic Texas Wedding 

 

 

VENUE: The Dimebox Ballroom

PHOTOGRAPHER: Heather Johnston

PLANNER & DESIGNER: Blue Wing Events

FLORIST: Sweetwater Stems

CAKE: Erika Depperschmidt

DRESS: Atelier De Couture

HAIR & MAKEUP: Love Artistry- Brandy Sepeda

STATIONERY: Scripted Ever After

Saying I Do: Michele + Jason

Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason

Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason

Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason

Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason

A Note About the Wedding:

On a sunny, crisp November day, Michele and Jason were married outside at a private residence. As the owner of Modish, an event planning company in Austin, Michele and her vendor team planned every last detail to a T, ultimately providing her the peace of mind to relax and be in the moment on her day.  From the beginning, Michele dreamt of a venue that would be different than anything she had seen.  She wanted a gorgeous outside ceremony with a view and a unique party space for the reception that would make guests comfortable and in the mood to dance! Dr. Ladd and his wife, Lurleen, are clients of Michele’s and graciously offered their award-winning designed contemporary home in Hyde Park for her wedding.  Michele refers to them as their wedding angels as this was her ultimate dream house to get married at and it was beyond perfect for the style and vision of the couple! The ceremony took place in the backyard overlooking the Bright Leaf Reserve. As guests arrived, they did not know what to expect from the outside of the seemingly modest looking home. They entered through the front of the house – beautiful french doors that swung open to a grand piano on their right and a cake wall designed by Erika Depperschmidt and Michele on their left. The cake wall was a piece of art, strategically placed with the stone backdrop of the entry way, dropping jaws from the get go. Guests were escorted through the living area, transformed to an art gallery, and followed the sound of harp and violin playing outside as they made their way to their seats through the grandiose floor to ceiling glass doors framing a 20 foot opening to the backyard. The ceremony design flowed synchronously with the inside, with rows of ice chiavari and ghost chairs marked with tall cylinder vases lining the aisle with alternating bent calla lily and hydrangea arrangements provided by Arthouse Floral Design.  Staying consistent with the vision for an elegant styled space with an art gallery vibe inside and a relaxing, lounge space outside, guests were escorted to the front yard for cocktail house while the back yard was completely transformed. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed Mondola’s wood fired pizza oven, a “Suds & Spuds” beer and potato chip pairing and a “Fruit & Fizz” bar with various fruity and bubbly cocktails.  The musicians surprised guests by singing favorites from Cold Play and Adele while playing the violin and harp. The goal for the reception was to forfeit the traditional sit-down dinner with assigned seats and offer guests a unique experience that was a direct reflection of the couple’s personalities. She created a magical evening with jaw-dropping details, several surprises and the ultimate guest experience from start to finish. Delivering the ultimate wow factor, the cocktail style reception began in the back, a space transformed by white modern dining tables lined with ghost chairs, LED lit cocktail tables and white lounge furniture arranged in various seating areas placed close to the dance floor. Royal Fig Catering provided several food stations, complete with a brie and aged cheddar mac n’ cheese bar and a fried donut station for later in the evening.  Michele and Jason opted for a DJ and a live band to get guests out on the dance floor, which looked magical surrounded by LED festoon lights and sparkling chandeliers hanging in the trees, thanks to Austin Event Lighting.  Guests danced the night away to DJ tunes by Gobo Entertainment and rocked out to hits of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s by The Time Warps band. A not-so-average photo booth was a huge hit as the owner of Quick Draw Photo Booth got into character, dressed as an elderly woman, telling jokes and drawing caricatures of the guests while they sang karaoke and posed for pictures. The evening was capped off as friends and family transitioned to the front yard, where Michele and Jason were sent off in a 4 Leaf Limo’s ’62 Lincoln Convertible. Stunning, magical and surreal and the words heard from guests and we agree tat the production was nothing short of spectacular! We are so happy for Michele and Jason; congratulations and blessings to the Mr. and Mrs. Fannin!
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason
Austin Wedding Photographer - Michele and Jason

VENDORS:

Cocktail Hour: Mandola’s Pizza Oven 

Catering: Royal Fig

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Violin: Thomas McGregor & Harp: Kristen Gibbs

Photography: Songbird Weddings

Rentals: Strong Events & Premiere Party Central

Reception DJ: Gobo Entertainment

Reception Band: The Time Warps

Send-Off Car: 4 Leaf Limo (’62 Lincoln Convertible)

Caricature Photo Booth with Karaoke: Quick Draw Photo Booth

Lighting: Austin Event Lighting

Hair & Makeup:Adore Makeup Boutique

Cake: Erika Depperschmidt

Fried Donut Station: Royal Fig

Beer & Potato Chip Pairing “Suds & Spuds” Bar:Twisted X Brewery

Venue: The Ladd’s Residence in Hyde Park

Dress: Signature Bridal Salon

Shoes: Kate Spade

Stationery: Pink Tulip

Videography: JumboCat Productions

 

Simply Inspirational: Vintage Elegance

When we picture a vintage and elegant wedding we see gold accents with hints of pink, roses, and candles, so that is exactly what we incorporated into this shoot. The Ferrell Center has the perfect vintage vibe to it. With the designing from Karla McNeill Events we turned the space into an elegant affair.

We added gold everywhere (because what girl doesn’t love gold?!): backs of chairs, the sweet heart chair, lights, candles, invitations and so much more! The hints of pink and ivory from the flowers by Creative Innovations and the various rentals and linens from Confetti Rentals added that extra something for a perfect vintage and elegant touch. Loved Memories Photography and Videography captured the event perfectly with the dramatic and beautiful lighting provided by Zanzibar Isle Style Production. Even the food was presented in an elegant way. And we wish you could taste it! Compliments to the Chef did an such a great job!

Thank you so much to the vendors who made this inspiration shoot possible. We hope our brides are inspired. If you see something you like, check out the vendor list at the bottom of the post. You can’t go wrong with any of them!

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vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage elegant, wedding

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vintage, elegant, wedding

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vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage, elegant, wedding

vintage, elegant, wedding

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Loved Memories Photography and Videography

VENUE: The Ferrell Center

CATERING: Compliments of the Chef

PLANNING & DESIGN: Karla McNeill Events

FLORALS: Creative Innovations

RENTALS: Confetti Rentals

LIGHTING: Zanzibar Isle Style Productions

DRESS: Joann’s Bridal

CAKE: Simply Sweet Bakery

STATIONERY: Studio W Designs

MAKEUP & HAIR: All Dolled Up Austin

Simply Inspirational: Rustic Romance at The Terrace at Salado

 

We are IN LOVE with this cover shoot from our Spring issue of the magazine. This rustic wedding inspiration is perfect for a Central Texas bride and groom! We set up at The Terrace at Salado and it was so gorgeous. The rentals from Confetti Rentals were everything we had envisioned for this shoot. All of the little details from cake, the flowers, the decorations, and the gorgeous dress from Georgio’s Bridal Salon all came together perfectly. We hope you feel inspired! We sure do!

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MODEL: Jamie Blanek

PHOTOGRAPHER: AzulOx Visuals

DRESS: Georgio’s Bridal Salon

FLORAL DESIGN: Creative Innovations

MAKEUP & HAIR: Fascino Beauty

VENUE: The Terrace at Salado

RENTALS: Confetti Rentals

CAKE: Simply Sweet Bakery