RUNNING SHEET FOR THE RECEPTION
What follows, will give you an idea of the events that usually take place during the reception. However, this is your wedding day and your reception can unfold anyway you would like it to.
Use this information as a starting point and add your own personal touches, to make your reception truly unique and meaningful to you and your guests.
Make copies of your running sheet for the reception manager, DJ, entertainers and any other relevant parties.
Bridal party and guests arrive at the reception venue.
Bride and Groom greet guests, either in a receiving line or mingle - receiving line typically formed by the parents of the Bride, parents of the Groom, Bride, Groom and attendants.
Photographs are taken while guests enjoy pre-dinner drinks.
Guests are seated.
The Master of Ceremonies (MC) introduces self and welcomes everyone to the reception. He/she announces the entrance of the Bride and Groom, followed by the attendants and parents.
The Bride traditionally sits to the left of the Groom.
Entrée is served followed by the main course.
MC introduces the Father of the Bride or someone close to the Bride's family. This person gives their speech and comments on both families. He toasts the Bride and Groom.
MC introduces the Groom.
Groom gives his speech, compliments his Bride, toasts the Bridesmaids and thanks them for all their assistance in the lead up to the wedding day, then thanks everyone involved with the day.
MC introduces the Best Man.
Best Man gives his speech and responds on behalf of the Bridesmaids. He compliments the Bridesmaids then toasts the Mother and Father of the Bride.
MC introduces the Father of the Bride.
The Father of the Bride then toasts the parents of the Groom.
MC introduces the Father of the Groom.
The Father of the Groom wishes the couple well.
MC introduces the Best Man again.
Best Man reads messages, telegrams, faxes and emails.
Bride and Groom cut the cake. If the cake is not being eaten for dessert, have it sliced and put into bags for guests to take home.
Bride and groom have their first dance, followed by their parents, the Bridal party then guests.
Bride and Groom mix with guests.
Dessert and coffee are served.
Bridal bouquet is thrown.
Groom tosses the garter.
Bride and Groom prepare to leave (may change outfits).
Guests form a circle for the Bride and Groom to say goodbye to each guest, they go around the circle in opposite directions and finally meet up in front of their parents. The Bride and Groom give a final farewell to their parents.
Bride and Groom leave the reception.
Guests leave, having signed the guest book, being farewelled by the parents of the Bride and Groom.