Wedding receptions can be so fun, but they can also be a drag. The mood is really set by the wedding reception order of events. I’ve been to weddings where dinner isn’t served until 10 pm, which can be bad for someone who gets “hangry” like me, and I’ve been to receptions where 10 people give speeches, that’s fun and all but becomes overwhelming.
It’s also proper etiquette to not leave before the cake is cut, so people will feel obligated to stay and you don’t want to hold your friends and family too long if they aren’t night owls or have other commitments pending the time of day.
When planning our reception, I wanted it to be quick, concise and get straight to the fun things like dancing. Below is the order of our wedding reception which worked perfect for us! I also included the songs, in case you were curious.
Wedding Reception Order
Cocktail Hour with chips and salsa
Guests enter the reception banquet room and find assigned tables
Bridal Party Enters
“24k Magic” by Bruno Mars
Introduction of Bride and Groom
“Crazy in Love” by Beyonce
First Dance with Bride and Groom
“Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band
Thank you and Prayer from Father of the Bride
Dinner – Buffet Style
Toasts from Maid of Honor and Best Man
Bride’s Dance with Dad
“Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle
Groom’s Dance with Mom
“Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
“How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor
Open Dance Floor
“When a Man Loves A Woman” by Percy Sledge
“Hey Ya” by Outkast
Private Last Dance
“Keep My Heart Open” by Green River Ordinance
Awesome, listening to all the songs now 😛
Yay! I hope you enjoy!