Traditional Order of Events for the Reception

Hour 1:

  • While the bride and groom, family and wedding party are having formal photographs taken, have waiters serve your guests cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Hour 2:

  • The wedding party is announced. Traditionally they are announced in the following order: groom’s parents, bride’s parents, flower girl and ring bearer, bridesmaids escorted by groomsmen, maid/ matron of honor escorted by the best man and finally the Bride and Groom.
  • Bride and Groom’s first dance
  • Champagne toast (marks the end of cocktail hour and cash bar begins).
  • Dinner served or announcement is made for people to begin going up to the buffet.

Hour 3:

  • The bride and groom cut cake.
  • Special dances in order: Bride and Groom’s first dance (only if it wasn’t done in hour 2)
  • Bride with her father, then the Groom with his mother, and Wedding party dance.

Hour 4:

  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter toss
  • Bride and Groom’s last dance
  • Bride and Groom’s grand exit

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