6 Wedding Reception Timeline Tips to help you plan.

Sometimes we just need a little advice. For many, this may be your first wedding that you have ever planned and you just want some help. In this blog, you will find 6 friendly tips to help you in planning your wedding reception timeline.





1. Cocktail Hour – To attend or not


This is a great question and I suppose you will be best to answer this yourself. You just know you and your fiance the best! What is your personality?! Are you excited to have an opportunity to talk and see many of your guests or will you feel overwhelmed by the idea of everyone wanting to see you and talk to you? There is no right or wrong answer, you and your fiance can talk about how you feel and what you want. If you both decide that you will be overwhelmed, then it is ok to not attend cocktail hour. You can always briefly visit the tables after dinner to quickly see all your guests.


2. Dance After Dinner – When to have your first dance



In our experience there is only one best time to have a first dance and this is after dinner. Many of your guests are going to be just finishing cocktail hour and they just are not ready to give you their full attention after drinking and socializing for the past hour. By waiting until after dinner, you are giving them an opportunity to settle in, listen to the speeches and have dinner first. The first dance is such a special moment and you want to make sure that you have everyone’s attention.



3. Anniversary Dance – To get your guests dancing

The anniversary dance is a great way to get everyone from your wedding up and on their feet to start dancing. This dance is a great way to get the majority of your guests involved on the dance floor and get the party started.



Have you heard about the reverse anniversary dance? This is when you start with the couple married first and continuously add to the dance floor until you have added the couple that has been married the longest. This is a great way to fill the dance floor and get ready to party.


4. Monitor Sunset – 5 minutes vs 1 hour


Most experienced photographers would agree that 5 minutes of incredible lighting will produce more incredible photos than 1 hour of noon overhead lighting. In these 5 minutes of sunset photos, you will most definitely get the most beautiful photos of your wedding day. The sun is positioned to give you the best light.


The tricky part of monitoring sunset is making the time for it. Sunset may fall during dinner or cocktail hour. However, if this is important to you, we may just have to take the time to do it.

5. Night Photo – Take a deep breath together


It is noticed that the time during the evening when you step out to take a night photo is important for two reasons. First is the opportunity to use raw creative photography skills to produce unimaginable night photos. But maybe most importantly, stepping out to take a night photo gives you and your fiance an opportunity to take a breath of fresh air outside together to hug and embrace together the fact that you are officially married. This may be the first time you have been together all day without any distractions to celebrate!


6. Sparkler send-off  – Don’t wait too long


We love a good sparkler send-off for so many reasons! Not only do they provide great photos of you and your guests celebrating but we love the way they make for a great finish to your wedding album


An important tip that we want to provide, if you schedule this activity too late, your guests will leave.



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Wedding Reception Tips
Wedding Reception Tips
Wedding Reception Tips
Wedding Reception Tips
Wedding Reception Tips
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About Seth and Beth

Seth and Beth – Wedding Photography is a photography and cinematography studio based in Akron, Ohio. Seth and Beth are one of the most sought-after photography duos in the Midwest and are internationally awarded. They are Magmod supporters and Fearless Photographer Award winners. They have been featured by Rangefinder Magazine, Huffington Post, Shotkit, The Knot, Wedding Wire, Maharani Weddings and many more.