Wedding Reception Schedule

Sit down with your wedding planner and/or the MC, DJ or event consultant at your reception site to map out a general timeline for all the components of your Albany reception. Schedule in all the important events and any other special traditions you may want to include, in the order you would like them to occur.

You may choose to go with a traditional order of events, or you may want to do things differently. Feel free to customize your wedding reception schedule according to your preferences. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that it's best to not have too many breaks in the music and dancing, which can kill the momentum of the celebration. So, for example, you may want to hold events, such as cake cutting and bouquet and garter toss, back to back to avoid having too many interruptions.

Here is a look at some of the key components to include in your wedding reception schedule. You can reorder many of these events, or even choose to have some occur simultaneously.

"Bare Bones" Reception Schedule

  • Cocktail Hour
  • Introductions
  • Bride & Groom's First Dance
  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Mother/Son Dance
  • Toasts
  • Soup/Salad/First Course
  • Main Course
  • Cake Cutting
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Garter Toss
  • Cake Served
  • Dancing
  • Bride & Groom's Farewell

In addition to the events listed above, you may also want to include other important components in your schedule, such as reception games, raffles, slideshow presentation, special performances, prayer or blessing for the couple, etc. It's your day, so make sure things happen just the way you want it by planning out a wedding reception schedule!

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