Sample Reception Timeline

The Yentas are happy to provide you with a sample timeline for your reception.

You may use this as a guide as you plan the Reception Olympics with your MC/DJ and the venue staff. After you have finalized your timeline, make sure that all of the appropriate vendors (photographer, videographer, band/DJ, caterer/venue/bar) receive a copy. We have left off times because every wedding starts and ends at various times and we want you to work with your vendors to make sure you allot enough time for their needs. Making sure your wedding team is in the loop will help you enjoy a smoothly run reception!

We hope this general flow helps frame your reception events!

  • Ceremony
  • Yichud/Cocktail hour/Family photos
  • Guests are invited to reception/dinner area
  • Bridal Party and/or Bride & Groom grand entrance
  • Bride & Groom introduction
  • Bride & Groom first dance
  • Welcome guests to join a 2nd dance
  • Hora/traditional dancing
  • Everyone sits
  • Welcome toast(s)
  • Challah blessing
  • Dinner service: additional toasts (traditionally Maid of Honor and Best Man)
  • Father Daughter/Mother Son dance
  • Open dancing
  • Coffee/tea service
  • Cake cutting
  • Open dancing
  • Bouquet toss/Garter
  • Open dancing