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   Order of Reception Events

Order of Reception Events

By Elizabeth Watts

First Hour:

  • Cocktail hour (waiters serve guests champagne and hors d’oeuvres)
  • Formal photograph’s taken (of Bride and Groom, family and wedding party)

Second Hour:

  • Announcement of wedding party
  • Traditional order: groom's parents, bride's parents, flower girl and ring bearer, bridesmaids escorted by ushers, maid of honor escorted by best man, Bride and Groom.
  • Bride and Groom's first dance
  • Champagne toast (marks the end of cocktail hour and cash bar begins)
  • Dinner served

Third Hour:

  • Cut cake
  • Dancing
  • Special dances in order: Bride with father, then Groom with mother, and Wedding party dance.

Fourth Hour:

  • Bouquet toss
  • Garter toss
  • Last dance of Bride and Groom
  • Grand exit

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