The fun has begun. It's time to relax, dance and celebrate. Your reception should be a blast. The last thing you need to be worrying about is your timeline. Your coordinator and DJ should take care of making sure that everything stays on schedule so that you can enjoy your night. Here are some helpful tips that will help your reception flow smoothly.
Take your guests into consideration when planning your timeline. If you have a lot of elderly guests that will not be staying until the very end, make sure you schedule the cake cutting at a relatively early time so that they can part of it. Grandma's love seeing this sweet tradition!
Keep it moving! Chat with your coordinator about how you can plan your reception in a way that will keep guests engaged and moving all night!
Make it your own! If you want to have a special dance with your grandparents, do it! Make your reception a reflection of who you are and don't feel tied to traditions. Also, make sure you give you DJ or Band a "Do Not Play" list if there are some songs you don't want to hear during your reception.
If you haven't purchased enough coverage time for your photography to last until the exit, that's ok. We have several options. (Read below) I recommend planning your timeline so that you have at least one hour of dancing photographed. The guest that dance during the first hour will still be dancing in the third hour. One hour of dancing will be enough time to capture the joy of your reception.
Exits! If your coverage ends before your exit, you have the options of planning a faux exit with your bridal party! This more common than you think. Instead of saving your exit until the very end, you can plan a faux exit with just the members of your bridal party and a few family members instead! This allows us to have more control over these shots and the party never has to stop! In most cases, no one even notices that the bride and groom are missing for a few minutes. This idea allows our couples to save money and still have all of the shots that they dream of.