I need help about timeline and dancing etiquette because I honestly don’t know and I don’t want anyone feeling uncomfortable. Questions numbered below, extra info in case it’s needed (you can skip to numbered questions if you want). Thank you so much for your help!
My fiancé’s mom is really excited about their mother/son dance, but she is nervous as well. My fiancé suggested having the dances before eating so she won’t be anxious during the meal. She is shy and just says “whatever you guys want”, but he knows her well enough to think she is being polite and doesn’t want to make special requests. I wasn’t sure about maybe if it’s some etiquette thing within western style (American) weddings. Below is the reception timeline we originally sketched out. Details: We are having a very small wedding of 70 guests. Only one groomsman and bridesmaid in our wedding party. Ceremony 4:30, cocktail hour 5 and reception 6-10.
1) Would it be ok to have the family dances right after ours? Before the meal? They are each no longer than 2 minutes. I just want his mother to enjoy the meal and not have her tummy all twisted.
2) Is it weird to have my uncle dance with me for father-daughter dance? My uncles discussed it and said one of my father’s brothers would walk me down the aisle and the other wanted to dance. My father died and my fiance’s parents know, but I don’t want to bring attention to that by having certain father of the bride traditions marked out.
3) Should I change parts of the timeline? We are not having bouquet/garter toss.
6pm- Guests come in
6:10- bride & groom entrance, first dance
6:15- welcome/thank you & dinner blessing
6:20- appetizers course
6:35- main course
7- desserts and champagne for toasts brought out
7:15- bestman & maid of honor toasts
7:30-8 table visits (8 tables)
~8/8:15 family dances* need help with this
9-9:15 cake cutting (mid tempo music)
9:15-9:45 more dancing
Thank you so much for your help.