After deciding on all of those fantastic details for your big day, you might be feeling a bit of planning burnout. To help you make one step of the wedding planning process as easy as possible, we’ve created a simple wedding reception timeline for you to use for your big day. Check out our handy list of daily events and timing for your Greenville, SC wedding reception to use as a guide for your party!
We’ve included many of the events that traditionally happen at wedding receptions. This simple five-hour wedding reception timeline can be customized for any style of event reception, whether you’re hosting a plated seated dinner, a buffet, or even a wedding brunch. And feel free to remove any of the sections that do not apply to your event.
A Simple Wedding Reception Timeline in Greenville, SC
This example wedding reception timeline is for a five-hour event with a cocktail hour and plated dinner.
- 00:00 – Cocktails: If you didn’t do a first look before your ceremony, odds are you may be taking photos during the cocktail hour. It’s an excellent way to occupy your guests while you take pictures. If you’ve gotten everything out of the road ahead of time, you could use the cocktail hour to mingle with your guests or enjoy a little alone time as husband and wife. Most couples use this time to take formal photographs with family and bridal party.
- 01:00 – Seating and Announcements: After the cocktail hour is over, your day-of-planner or coordinator should announce that dinner starts. Sometimes, the cocktail staff will subtly spread the word through the crowd for your guests to make their way to their seats for dinner.
- After your guests have taken their positions, you will have your band leader or emcee/DJ announce the bridal party and the happy couple!
- 01:15 – Welcome: Typically, the bride’s father welcomes everyone to the wedding reception and thanks to them for coming. Some couples choose to make toasts here but most wait until later at the wedding reception. If you wish, you can also use this time to say a blessing over the meal.