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Our wedding reception timeline

I’ve been hard at work planning all those last-minute details. I had a GREAT phone call yesterday with our DJs, a married couple named Bill and Jeannie, who are driving all the way to the wedding from the Clearwater, Fla., area. They travel all along the Gulf Coast for weddings.

Anyhow, Bill and Jeannie suggested getting all the formalities out of the way as early as possible, which is why we’re going immediately from the bridal party introduction to toasts to dinner to cake cutting to first dance and so on. This is all especially true because we only have a 3-hour long reception. Unfortunately there is a noise ordinance at The Beach Club that keeps receptions from going past 10 p.m. So without further ado, here is the plan:

Our Wedding Reception Timeline<o:p></o:p>

7 -7:30 p.m.: Cocktail hour. Beachy, casual music during this time: Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, Beach Boys, Jack Johnson — “Better Together,” Alan Jackson — “It’s 5 o Clock Somewhere.”

7:30 (give or take): Bridal party introduction (‘One More Time,’ Daft Punk)

7:35: Bride & groom introduction (‘Beautiful Day,’ U2)

7:40: Toasts: (‘Stars Fell on <st1:state st=”on”><st1:place st=”on”>Alabama</st1:place></st1:state>,’ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)

1. Best man,
2. Maid of honor,
3. Brides’ father,
4. Groom & bride together
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8-8:25 (earlier if toasts are done before 8): Dinner is served. More beachy, casual music during this time.

8:25: (earlier if possible): Cake cutting (‘Lucky,’ Colbie Caillat & Jason Mraz)<o:p></o:p>

8:35: Bride & groom first dance (‘I Will,’ The Beatles)

8:40: Bride-dad first dance (‘Daughters,’ John Mayer)

8:45: Bouquet toss (‘All the Singles Ladies,’ Beyonce)

8:50: Garter toss: (‘American Woman,’ Lenny Kravitz)<o:p></o:p>

8:55-9:55: Open dance floor

  • Motown — Marvin Gaye, Supremes, Temptations
  • ‘Feeling Good,’ Michael Buble
  • ‘Twist and Shout,’ The Beatles
  • Disco – ABBA, YMCA, etc.
  • 80s –Safety Dance,’ Men Without Hats; ‘Take On Me,’ Aha! etc.
  • Hair bands – ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me,’ Poison; ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey, etc.
  • ‘Love Shack,’ B-52s – MUST PLAY
  • Hip-hop — ‘Hey Ya,’ Outkast; ‘Yeah!,’ Usher; ‘Golddigger,’ Kanye West; ‘Kiss Me Thru The Phone,’ Soulja Boy
  • ‘Circus,’ Britney Spears
  • ‘Poker Face,’ Lady Gaga

9:55: Last dance (Into the Mystic, Van Morrison)

10: Bride & groom exit; Reception ends

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