This article will focus on ways you can have your party move along smoothly and leave plenty of room for dancing and mingling with your guests. Too many times, you see people leave many gaps in between the important highlights of the night, which then creates long, interrupted timelines that leave you feeling like you didn’t really get to enjoy it properly.
This feeling can be avoided. Make a list of all your anticipated events: first dance, daddy-daughter dance, waltz, surprise dance, cake cutting, crowning, shoe change, special gifts, toasts, and anything else you will have. Once you have this list, you can start allowing time for each. A song typically lasts about 3 minutes. If you allow each song at least 5 minutes and then an additional 5-10 minutes for each event, you will have an idea of how long all of your special moments should take. In order to have the most time with your guests and for dancing, plan all of your special moments to occur up front, at the beginning of the evening. Instead of waiting til after midnight to cut your cake, for example, do it right after your dances. This way, people are focused on you and you will signal the start of the party. As soon as your dinner hour ends, you can plan for the grand entrance, followed by your dances and waltz.
It’s up to you whether you choose to do your coronation before or after the dances, just so long as they follow each other, one after the other. Below is a sample timeline which you can use to create your own. We have not included the timeline for the mass/religious service because most of the time, you cannot control that portion.
4:00pm – 5:30pm Limo Ride
6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Presentation starts – Announce the court
7:20 Waltz with Court
7:25 Dance with Dad
7:30 Crowning and Shoes **many people start with this first, before everything.**
7:45 Special Gift
8:00 Surprise Dance
8:10 Cake Cutting
8:30 Open Dance floor
Written by writer and photographer Linda Guerra