let’s compare reception timelines…

Last week I was able to visit Kelly McWiliams in Cape Coral, Florida. She is an unbelievably talented Destination Wedding Planner and I was lucky to spend some time with her discussing the differences between Florida and Indiana weddings.

When creating your reception timeline … be sure to not get boxed in go with the usual flow. Look at your guests, your venue, the time of day of your ceremony and what fits you best. Below is what Kelly and I compared to what “usually” happens at our respective receptions.

Indiana: (typical 250 person reception)

  • Introductions
  • Welcome by Father of the Bride
  • Blessing
  • Dinner Service
  • Best Man Toast
  • Maid of Honor Toast
  • Cake Cutting (Guests serve themselves)
  • First Dance
  • Parent Dances
  • Dollar Dance
  • Anniversary Dance
  • Bouquet/Garter
  • Open Dancing

Florida: (typical 120 person or less, destination reception)

  • Introductions
  • Welcome by Father of the Bride
  • Best Man Toast
  • Maid of Honor Toast
  • Blessing
  • 1st Course
  • Intermezzo
  • 2nd Course
  • Cake Cutting
  • Bride and Groom say Thank You
  • First Dance
  • Cake Service to Guests
  • Parent Dances
  • Open Dancing
  • Formal Send Off for Bride/Groom

Other Major differences:

  • There are usually Send Off’s in Florida for Bride/Groom
  • Florida weddings will end early (around 10pm) and Indiana weddings will go to midnight
  • More Live Entertainment in Florida
  • More full Open Bars at Destination Weddings

Interesting, isn’t it?

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plan on!

 

 

 

 

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3 replies
  1. Kelly McWilliams says:

    It is pretty different isn’t it? Also another thing I noticed is that our wedding seasons are complete opposites! You’ll have to come here and “wedding” with us and I’ll come up there to “wedding” with you.

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