Wedding reception – order of service

Wedding receptions tend to follow a similar pattern, including a number of wedding rituals and traditions. Whether you are having a formal or informal reception, this should help you plan your order of affairs.

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The order of service:

  • The guests are served canapes and drinks, as they gather at the reception.
  • As the bride, groom and bridal party arrive at the reception they are served or canapes and drinks separately while the guests are seated.
  • The bridal party enter the reception and are announced to the guests. The bride and groom should be the last seated.
  • Entree and Main courses are served.
  • Toasts are given.
  • Telegrams are read aloud by the best man.
  • The cake is cut by the bride and groom.
  • The bridal waltz is preformed by the bride and groom.
  • The parents and bridal party then join the bride and groom on the dance floor.
  • After this all other guests are welcome to join the dancing.
  • Dessert is served.
  • Bride throws her bouquet.
  • The bride and groom change into their traveling clothes (optional).
  • The bride and groom return to the reception to say their finale goodbyes.

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Seating Positions (left to right): Groomsmen, Best man, Groom, Bride, Maid of honour, Bridesmaids

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