Planning Tip Tuesday: Reception Timing

When planning for your big day, you want to especially keep in mind the timing and flow of your reception so that you, as well as your guests, can get the most out of your special celebration! Here at Pure Luxe Bride, we, along with the input of each bride + groom, create a custom timeline for all of our weddings to ensure that the day goes off without a hitch. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when thinking about each step of your reception to ensure that you have the most fun post-nuptials!

1. Consider a First Look: A first look is an intimate photography session that allows the bride + groom, as well as the bridal party and groomsmen, to get pictures out of the way before the ceremony even takes place! We love first looks for so many reasons, but mainly, this allows for the bride + groom to mix, mingle, and sip during their cocktail hour as opposed to being off and away snapping pictures.

Photo Credit: Aaron + Jillian

 2. Space it Out: Don't feel that everything during your reception has to happen back-to-back! Give your guests, and yourself, time to sit down and enjoy your dinner before Maid of Honor and Best Man speeches are made. Take a few minutes and let yourself warm up on the dance floor before all of your dances begin. And lastly, cut your cake about an hour after dinner starts, giving everyone time to digest before they indulge in your cake! Receptions typically last three hours, so play around with this time frame, and space it out!

Photo Credit: Amelia + Dan

3. Don't Stress: That's what we are here for! We want you to remain happy and calm throughout your entire day, so if there is a delay in the schedule, we will work it out and make sure that everything you want at your reception happens!

 Photo Credit: Juliet Elizabeth