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Can You Give Me a Timetable For My Reception? We’re Having a Seated Dinner and Dancing.

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Aug 052013
 
Timetable for wedding reception

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Worried about the order of major moments at your wedding reception? Planning this party by the minute seems a tad overwhelming so we've asked our wedding etiquette experts to make a reception timeline for you to follow in our daily post.

Can you give me a timetable for a seated wedding dinner with dancing?

Here's a basic outline: If you don't have a receiving line at the church, form it during the first half hour of your reception. If you've already greeted each guest personally, take your wedding party photos now. During the next 30 to 60 minutes, musicians play, drinks are poured, hors d'oeuvres are served, and guests pick up their table cards and proceed into the dining room. Once the attendants and parents have been served the first course, the best man may make his toast, and you and the groom can follow. Your first dance and other special dances should take place after the first course has been cleared. After these traditional dances, the main course is served. Once dishes have been cleared it is time for the cake-cutting ceremony. Guests can take to the dance floor while the caterer finishes distributing the cake. After the bouquet and garter tosses, the dancing can continue for an hour or more, with full bar.

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Aug 012013
 
Make the father daughter dance fun

Photo: Kate Headley

There's no need to worry about your big dance with dad. With a little practice, you can both master the box step before the big day. Even if you don't, our experts have tips to make you the dancing duo in our daily post.

Can I fake the waltz for the father/daughter dance?

Yes, and it's easy: Do the box step! What's more, there are some great popular songs to waltz to, like "Moon River," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Daddy's Little Girl," "Three Times a Lady" and "Open Arms." Carrie Babcock, an instructor at The Fred Astaire Dance Studio, in Montclair, NJ, suggests that these are all easy to move to for a father/daughter dance.

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Who Should Sit Near The Head Table? My Friends or My Parents’ Older Friends and Family?

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Jul 312013
 

When assigning your friends and family a seat at your wedding reception, try to make both your guests and parents happy (if possible). Our etiquette experts have a few tips about placing your loved ones in seats they will enjoy in our daily post.

My parents want to seat their older friends and family members in the good seats near the head tables. I don't want to offend my friends, whom I want near me and the dance floor. Where's the compromise?

For the same reasons that you might give up your subway seat to an elderly woman, you should consider conceding to your parents' wishes. To make everyone happy, explain the seating arrangements to your friends. "If you explain the situation in advance, they won't be surprised and hurt when they walk in and find themselves seated at the back of the room," says Sylvia Bigelson, author of The Ties That Bind...And Bind...And Bind (Element Books). Remind your parents that older guests may in fact prefer sitting away from the band because they want a quieter area. Seat your friends (who will be doing most of the dancing) at the prime tables, but have chairs at the edge of the dance floor where the older guests can sit and watch the action.

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