Simplifying Your Wedding Party Plans
The following timetable is one that many brides
have found appropriate for an outdoor wedding at Brookside
Farm. You may find that using this format as the basis of
your wedding, and/or the following timetable, useful in simplifying
your wedding planning.
While each wedding celebration is as
unique as each couple, beneath all the excitement most
receptions do follow a traditional timetable.
As you plan your party, remember that,
just as it is important to have a schedule, it's equally
important to be flexible--every party has a life of its
Planning the Party
This schedule is a guideline for a dinner-dance
reception preceded by a cocktail hour. It is the most formal
type of party. A buffet, brunch, or lunch reception is likely
to be shorter and less structured, but the basic elements
are the same.
At least a week before the wedding, sit down
with your caterer, bandleader, maître d', and bridal
consultant if you have one, and go over the timing of everything.
Distribute typed plans, with relevant names
and contact numbers, to each vendor and to members of the
2:00 PM-The Ceremony: Congratulations!
You are married and the party is about to begin.
3:00 PM-The Receiving Line:
Couples today often forgo this tradition, but it is one way
to make sure you greet each guest.
3:30 PM-Cocktails: This is
the first chance for everybody to mix and mingle and to preview
the style of your party. (You may want to be taking photos
during this time.)
4:30 PM-Dinner: Guests find
their places at the tables.
4:45 PM-The First Dance: The
bride and groom glide across the dance floor to their special
5:15 PM-The Toasts: The best
man raises his glass, and often the newlyweds say a few words,
too. (If you have more than 100 guests, you may want to have
the toast on the lawn during cocktail hour.)
7:00 PM-Cutting the Cake: With
his hand over hers, the newlyweds slice the cake together,
then share the first piece.
7:30 PM-Tossing the Bouquet: When
the bride parts with her bouquet, the one who catches it is
said to be the next to marry.
7:45 PM-Going Away: The newlyweds
depart amidst a great whoop-la from the guests. Afterwards
guests head for their cars, or those assigned help with packing
up. Meanwhile caterers and vendors begin clean up.
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