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The Perfect Wedding Reception Timeline!

6:15 pm to 7:15 pm - Cocktail hour

Around 7 pm - Sunset Photos

Whether you do a first look or not, if it’s a clear day, set aside time to ensure sunset photos. There is nothing like of photos during golden hour and you definitely won’t want to miss this opportunity.

7:15 pm - Guests Invited To Dinner

7:30 pm - Grand Entrance and First Dance

Doing your first dance right after the grand entrance is great timing. 100% of the energy and attention will be on you. I’ve seen first dances happen later in the evening and sometimes it can be difficult for the DJ to get the attention of guests later for that event.

7:35 pm - 7:45 pm - Welcome toasts from hosts

Typically offered by parents or family member of bride and groom

7:45 pm - 8:30 pm - Dinner

8:30 pm - 8:40 pm - Wedding Party Toasts

10 minutes should be enough time for the Best Man and Maid of Honor to do their toasts.

I recommend setting a time limit of no more than 5 minutes per toast.

8:40 pm - 8:50 pm - Parent Dances

Doing this right after the toasts is a great transition to the open dance floor! Remember we need to work off the energy of the guests to have the smoothest transitions. Parent dances in between or after the open dance floor can be awkward transitions.

9:30 pm - 9:45 pm - Cake Cutting, Bouquet Toss and Garter Toss

At this timing it helps keeps the energy and laughs going before open dance floor. Can also be a great time for the bride and groom to say a few words to thank the guests :).

9:45 pm - Open Dance Floor

11:30 pm - Grand Exit!

Make sure to have a final song arranged with your DJ ahead of time to be announced.

If your venue allow it, you can never go wrong with sparklers! Always makes candid moments to be captured at the end of your wedding day :).

Hope that’s helpful! Fix that according to when your wedding day starts, and you will be set!