Planning the timing of wedding reception activities

What are the list of activities in the correct order at receptions?


The order of the wedding reception activities might vary slightly from couple to couple, but here is what generally happens.

This timeline is based on a four-hour wedding reception block:

7:30 p.m. – Beginning of the reception

Announcement of parents, wedding party

Announcement of couple

First dance of wedding couple (some couples wait to do this after dinner)

7:45 p.m. – Dinner served

8:15 p.m. – Toasts made

8:30 p.m. – Father/Bride, Mother/Groom dance

8:45 p.m. – All other guests join in dancing

9:00 p.m. – Cutting of the cake/photos taken


9:30 p.m. – Bouquet Toss

9:45 p.m. – Garter Toss

10:00 p.m. – Mingling/Dancing and enjoying the rest of reception

11:30 p.m. – Reception ends