Wedding ceremony & reception

Your wedding ceremony & reception timeline will help you ensure that everything runs smoothly. Without a planned schedule, it is very easy for confusion to kick and destroy your big day. Your wedding timeline should be realistic. You should not create a timeline that you will not be able to keep up with. Here are the tips that will help you create the best timeline for your wedding ceremony and reception;

Create a basic schedule

You should create basic schedule that include the main things that must happen on your wedding day. All minor activities revolve around the main events. Your basic wedding and reception schedule should include the time of the ceremony, the cocktail hour, dinner time and the time of the party. Make sure that you allocate enough time to all the main events. Once you have created a basic timeline, it will be time to fill in all the little details.

Create a detailed ceremony and reception timeline

Your detailed description should include all the little things that you want to happen on your wedding day. Here are suggestions on how you should place different key events;

Cake cutting

Cake cutting should be placed after dinner. You should be to place the time for cake cutting almost an hour from the time that people take dinner. Let your gorgeous piece of case stay on display for longer. However, if you want to cut your cake and serve it as desert, there will be nothing stopping you from doing so.


Most people make toasts before dinner. This is the best time if two or three people are going to give a speech. However, if there will be more speeches, you should move some of them or all of them to the time when people will be just about to finish taking their meals. The guests will listen better when their bellies are full.

First dance

You can place the first dance immediately after dinner or just after the grand entrance of the bride and the groom.

When creating your wedding timeline, one of the most important things that you have to do is ensure that you include buffer time. This is because it will not be possible to jump from one thing to another without losing a few minutes. The buffer time will take care of the time that is going to be lost for one reason or the other. You should also remember the fact that a wedding and reception timeline is only a guide. You should only follow the timeline when you think that it is not appropriate.