How To Have The perfect St Lucia Destination Wedding Party
Planning your destination wedding remotely from across the globe is undoubtedly difficult. You have to ensure that your guests, who may have travelled from miles away to enjoy this day with you, have a fabulous time. One way to ensure this is by planning an enjoyable reception party.
Our last wedding was done at Capella Marigot Bay. The couple had the perfect wedding timeline. The timeline was well planned allowing everything to transition smoothly.
We were so impressed with the timeline that we requested permission from the clients to share this timeline with you.
Wedding Reception Timeline
GUESTS MOVE FROM CEREMONY INTO COCKTAIL HOUR |
Guests are moved from the lawn to the rum deck. While guests are mingling with each other after the ceremony, couples session and formal family photos are taken. Wedding party will join other guests to have their drinks & canapés on the rum deck after photos. Steelpan player will play for one hour here.
GUESTS ARE SEATED IN RECEPTION HALL I
Your wedding coordinator and/or DJ/MC will get all of your guests rounded up and seated in the reception hall so that they are ready for the party to start. If necessary, they will explain how guests can find their seat and will give any other special announcements during this time.
WEDDING PARTY ENTRANCES
Your DJ/MC will announce your family and wedding party entrances here. This is a fun time for your wedding party and/or immediate family members to enter the reception hall with a funny dance or action that gets your guests excited and ready for your grand entrance.
- Mother of the groom & Grandmother of the groom
- Father of the groom
- Groomsman & Bridesmaid
- Ring Bearer & Groomsman
- Ring Bearer
- Best Man & Maid of Honor
BRIDE AND GROOM GRAND ENTRANCE |2 MINUTES
This is your time to celebrate being introduced for the first time as the newlyweds that you are. (Mr. & Mrs. )
FIRST DANCE | 5 MINUTES
After making your grand entrance, all eyes are on you and it is a perfect time to go straight into your first dance as a married couple. Whether your dance is choreographed or just a slow and sweet moment to a sentimental song, this is your moment to shine together.
BRIDE & BROTHER DANCE I 5 MINUTES
GROOM & MOTHER DANCE I 5 MINUTES
WELCOME SPEECH BY DJ & PRAYER FOR MEALS | 5 MINUTES
Now you and your forever honey are seated at your head table and it’s time to thank your guests for coming. Also, a family member will commence the meal.
DINNER IS SERVED | 1 HOUR
Make sure you grab your food first, chow down and be sure to enjoy the wedding meal you selected! Then if you want, you can make your rounds and greet your guests before your return to your table for the toasts. This is if you haven’t set aside other time to mingle with your guests somewhere else in your wedding reception timeline. If you do choose to take the meal time to greet or take photos with each table, make sure you allow yourself at least 3 minutes per table and adjust the
meal time accordingly.
TOASTS | 10 MINUTES DURING DINNER
While your guests are still in their seats with their meals. This is a great time to go through the toasts.
Maid of Honor
FIRE DANCERS | 45 MINUTES
May start towards end of dinner.
This is a perfect time in the wedding reception timeline to start the dancing portion of your party. DJ ask all your guests to come to the dance floor for a group photo. This gets everyone up and out of their seats and on the dance floor. After photos, music hits you will have a good crowd to get the party started!
CAKE CUTTING & DESSERT | 15 MINUTES
(WHEN CAKE IS TAKEN AWAY TO CUT,
HAVE GARTER & BOUQUET TOSS)
The cake cutting ceremony lets your guests know that the party is almost over, and can be done about an hour before your grand exit or the end of the reception. After the bride and groom cut their pieces of cake, have your DJ play some slow to mid-tempo songs while your guests enjoy their dessert. During dessert is also a good time to thank your guests for coming!
KEEP THE PARTY GOING | 30-40 MINUTES
After dessert has been enjoyed and the sugar rush begins to kick in, it’s time to keep the dance party going! This last dance set will simultaneously coincide with your nighttime photo session on your wedding reception timeline. Have your DJ announce when he is playing the last song so your guests know this is their last chance to get out there and dance before the party’s end. Choose an upbeat, big hit that will get everyone out on the dance floor to shut the party down!