4 HOUR SAMPLE RECEPTION ITINERARY
Church Ceremony at 3:30p
Reception Starts at 4:30p
Before reception begins…
3:00 Caterer arrives
3:00 Florist arrives to set up table centerpieces and other floral decorations.
3:00 Wedding cake arrives and is set up.
3:30 DJ arrives and sets up equipment.
4:00 Wedding Coordinator (or designated person) arrives to set up place cards, favors, toasting glasses, cake knife, guest book with pen and basket or other holder for the money envelopes.
First Hour of Reception
4:30 Wedding guests arrive. Music Begins. Cocktail hour begins. Beverages available and Fruit & Cheese Table open. Bride and groom complete church pictures with photographer.
5:15 Bride & Groom arrive. DJ announces their arrival. Short Photo session if needed. Make sure all the family members and wedding attendants know where and when! You don’t want to waste any time trying to track down people to be in pictures. Bride and Groom mingle.
Second Hour of Reception
5:30 Buffet Open or Dinner Served. Optional Blessing given at this time.
6:00 Bride and Groom cut their cakes. DJ announces toast will be shortly after the cake cutting, everyone get champagne or beverage of their choice.
Third Hour of Reception
6:30 Bride and Groom’s first dance.
6:35 Father /Daughter Dance and/or other special dances.
6:40 Dance Floor Open for Dancing. Bride and Groom mingle/dance.
Fourth Hour of Reception
7:30 Dancing continues
8:00 Bouquet and Garter Toss
8:15 Bride and Grooms Last Dance
8:30 DJ announces Bride and Grooms leaving – throw birdseed. Music Ends.
9:00 Parents of the Bride (or other designated person) gather all the gifts, wedding presents and other items.