Just how does this whole reception thing go down anyway? When do you dance the first dance? Cut the cake? Toss the bouquet and garter? While you should discuss with your catering/reception manager the events you would like included and excluded from your reception, here is a general breakdown of how to pull off one of the biggest celebrations of your life: Immediately following your “I dos,” your guests will head to the cocktail reception. The cocktail hour lasts for - you guessed it – about an hour. Your family and friends will enjoy hors d’oeuvres and beverages while you and the bridal party are busy with the photographer. A receiving line is a nice way to meet and greet your guests before you head off to snap those photos. Rejoining your group, you’ll make your grand entrance as husband and wife. Some couples go right into their first dance, while others will wait until after the meal. Next, dig in to dinner. Your catering/reception manager will assist in getting everyone to the buffet tables, or servers will attend to the guest tables. And don’t you forget to eat – you’ll need the energy! After dinner, it’s time to party! Head out to the dance floor and get the merriment started! During this time, you may opt to have your father/daughter dance, as well as possibly doing the bouquet/garter toss, etc. Finally, it’s on to the cake cutting. Sure, it’s absolutely stunning, but you know it’s going to taste as good as it looks! Just be sure to let your husband know ahead of time if you have a no-cake-in-the-face policy. You and your guests will continue to dance through the night, and you’ll be shocked when the evening is finally over. After a celebrated goodbye, you’ll be off to your honeymoon and to begin your life together – and that’s when the fun really begins!