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What are you doing first???

After ceremony, you go to the reception. Are you doing your first dance before or after dinner?
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    We are doing ours after dinner. I don't want to make our guests have to wait for dinner.
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    Ours will most likely be done as our intro to the reception - if that makes sense (When the DJ/MC introduces us for the first time, we'll go straight into the first day)... and then food! 
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    We will be doing our first dance after dinner. In my area and in my circle of family/friends the first dance is the signal that the dance floor is about to open.
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    We will be having 6 different little finger foods for cocktail hour.. so we are doing the dances before dinner. Our DJ said it flows better that way.
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    In my crowd, the couple typically enters and goes into a first dance. For my Jewish friends (and me), there's usually a hora right after that where all the guests dance, then toasts, first course, dancing, main course, dancing, and cake cutting and desert about an hour or more later followed by more dancing. I had no concerns that anyone would be "hungry" for dinner after a lavish cocktail hour. 
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    The only dancing at our wedding will be our first dance so we're going to do it before dinner.  People just came from a great cocktail party with lots of food so they'll be able to wait a few more minutes to eat :)

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    We had dinner, cut the cake then had our first dance.

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    We are having dinner cutting the cakes toasts and then first dance. We do not want to make quests wait for dinner-cocktail hour from 5-6 our reception at 6
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_reception-ideas_doing-first?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:5Discussion:b2ca54b8-f8b0-449e-b9d3-f9655eb874fdPost:cdca545d-7e52-4b99-9c35-9b0e829f147f">Re: What are you doing first???</a>:
    [QUOTE]Ours will most likely be done as our intro to the reception - if that makes sense (When the DJ/MC introduces us for the first time, we'll go straight into the first day)... and then food! 
    Posted by Milsey32[/QUOTE]

    That's what we are doing.  The guests will have just had the hors d'ouvres so they won't be starving and one dance is pretty quick.  Then after dinner it's all party!
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_reception-ideas_doing-first?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:5Discussion:b2ca54b8-f8b0-449e-b9d3-f9655eb874fdPost:72f0ccb8-4daa-478d-a0fe-2e04a8797157">Re: What are you doing first???</a>:
    [QUOTE]We are doing ours after dinner. I don't want to make our guests have to wait for dinner.
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    this.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_reception-ideas_doing-first?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:5Discussion:b2ca54b8-f8b0-449e-b9d3-f9655eb874fdPost:77d6dc4d-9ec8-4515-9254-f32b8c5c7130">Re: What are you doing first???</a>:
    [QUOTE]The only dancing at our wedding will be our first dance so we're going to do it before dinner.  People just came from a great cocktail party with lots of food so they'll be able to wait a few more minutes to eat :)
    Posted by vexie[/QUOTE]

    This is what we did.  Our first dance was the only spotlight dance and we wanted to get it over with so we wouldn't be nervous all through dinner.  We were announced and went straight into it and it worked perfect.
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    bidge24bidge24 member
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    the first thing we did was walk in and cut the cake, since we already had everyones attention....then we ate dinner and the dancing began

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    We are having a coctail reception so people will be snacking anyway before we arrive. So we will make our entrance then move into our first dance. Its more of having us get it done and over with (and while we are sober and still have some coordination lol)
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    Not sure 100% yet but the timeline given to us for advice from the wedding coordinator was to cut the cake before dinner so it could be served right after..BUT we are having mini cupcakes and cheesecake bites in a variety of flavors, only cutting is our custom cheesecake. So we figured get introduced, first dance, open up dinner...cocktail hour is at 4:30-dinner at 5:30 to allow proper time for other things going on
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    we're doing ours before dinner. 
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    We're doing ours before dinner.  The DJ is announcing us, we walk into the middle of the dance floor, we dance, then plop down at the table to eat.

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    we did ours immediately after entering the reception which was right after the cocktail hour.

     

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    Ours was after OUR dinner, while the other guests were still finishing up.  We didn't want to make our guests wait for food. 

    Our dances opened the dance floor for everyone.
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    I haven't really thought about this yet, but I've seen it done both ways.  FI and I are going to take dance lessons and actually learn a real dance for our first dance, so with all that work, I think we'll be likely to have everyone's full attention right after our entrance. 

    I'm thinking:  entrance, first dance, dinner, mother/son dance, then open dancing.  I dunno, we are still a few months out so I'll probably nail down the details after we meet with our DJ.
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