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Reception Tips | Timeline

Wenning's Wedding Tip Wednesday

Now that it has come time to plan your timeline for your upcoming wedding there are a few details you will want to keep in mind. When possible, you never want to front-load your wedding. Don’t make “keys and purse” time come early during your special wedding day!

You don’t ever want to “front-load” your wedding. What is that you ask? It is when we introduce the Bride & Groom, then go into their first dance, then directly to the cake cutting, then into any other speciality dances, bringing everyone to the Toasts, Blessing and Dinner being served. Based off of years of experience and psychology, we have seen guests leave directly after dinner. Once they eat, there is nothing else obligating them to stay after, they have already seen everything they came to witness. We call it “Key’s & Purse” time. You don’t want everyone to see the “Whole Show” an hour an a half into the 5 hour event. That’s like doing a 50/50 raffle in the very beginning instead of towards the end of your event.

When completing your timeline for your wedding reception do not feel like you have to list a time next to each item. Listing only a few times is perfectly fine because those are your main important highlights of the evening. Things such as your grand entrance, dinner and last dance are items you want a time next. We need to know when Dinner is scheduled so we can work everything else around that, this way, the food that you spent so much money on does not get cold! Outside of those details, everything else can be played by ear and will fall into place with the order of things. Most Bride & Groom’s will want to do a ‘Meet n’ Greet’ after they eat just to say “Hi” to all of their friends and family that came to spend the day with them! So that is why we do not have any times for the Cake or First Dance, because every Bride and Groom are different and we tailor our needs to each client.

We understand that not every wedding is going to have an “Anniversary Dance, Money Dance, or even a Garter and Bouquet Toss.” But those are generally done toward the end of the evening. Using the right Emcee and/or DJ to work with you on your timeline is critical. It could either make or break the flow of your Big Day.

 

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