We get emails and phone calls all the time from our couples stressed out about their timeline when there really is no need to be.
A wedding timeline is not meant to be a strict minute by minute breakdown of the day, what it should be is, an order of events.
Of course there are a few things that need selected times, like your ceremony, your cocktail hour, your introduction, and dinner, but everything else should not be constrained to a specific time. Doing this will only make your day stressful by trying to force your prediction on how the day will unfold.
The truth is, some parts of your reception will take longer, or less time than expected, and it is the job of your Wedding DJ to know when to hold back or move things along. By giving us a guideline for the order of events instead of a “timeline”, you will be utilizing your DJ’s experience, and eliminating the anxiety from worrying if everything is getting done on time.
For reference, the most common order of events are as follows:
– Cocktail Hour
– First Dance
– Cake cutting
– Parent’s dance
– Open dance floor
– Last dance
Each wedding is unique though, and the order of events should vary based on how you want them to happen. We are always more than happy to hash out plans with our couples and offer any insight that we can to help make their reception tailored to their needs. It is not always easy to know how the flow of a reception should be, and that is what we are here for.
Give yourself the best opportunity to enjoy your wedding day free of stress by keeping your order of events simple, and letting your experienced Wedding DJ take over.
The difference between good lighting and great lighting can be seen with nothing more than the eye. You may not always see the details that go into setting lighting properly but our staff at Nittany Entertainment does. “The lighting totally made it! You have an eye!” was the recent comment we received from our most recent event. Like I mentioned before, anybody can paint if you put the paint in front of them but the results will vary. We not only want you and your guests to say “great lighting” we want them to be blown away. Create the real “Wow Factor” at your next event.
The picture of this ice sculpture was made mixing yellow,orange and red lighting to create the illusion the dragon was on fire!
When We line couples up for the introduction into the reception,there is often confusion as to which side the bridesmaids and groomsmen stand. It is common to keep the same sides that you lined up during the ceremony.
The Brides and Bridesmaids traditionally go on the left and Groom and Groomsmen line up on the right.
The tradition actually stems back to the Middle Ages when Brides were traded and sold for Marriage. In other traditions the Brides family would often provide gifts and dowry and bring that to the ceremony. The Groom and his Groomsman needed to keep their right hands, which was their sword hand, free to protect the bride and their party from bandits and thieves that would attempt to steal her or the dowry. The bride probably won’t be stolen at a modern wedding but this tradition has kept true hundreds of years later.
When we talk about the reception planning we always mention to couples the main rule. That is “There are no rules!” Wedding receptions are built on traditions, some come from family or ethnic traditions, others are regional and can vary depending on what part of the country you live in or are from. If you want to do those traditions or if they are important to your family, then add them into the reception. If you are more about getting to the party and want more time to dance, you can skip them. The tradition we have seen skipped over the most recently is the “Bouquet and Garter Toss.” Some couples skip it because most of their friends are already married. Other brides mentioned how they didn’t like being embarrassed at recent weddings they attended and didn’t want to put that on their friends. The most important decision to make is “Do What You Want To Do!” This is your wedding and we want it to happen the way you envision it. If a particular tradition makes you uncomfortable, don’t feel bad about cutting it out!