Monday, March 21, 2011

Script the Reception

Some reception venues will assist you in organizing your reception script of events, but once the dinner and dessert is served, you are on your own. Of course, hiring a wedding coordinator will alleviate this stress, but if you consider doing it yourself, below is a script you might consider:
  • Introductions - This is when the MC or DJ will introduce the bridal party, including family and children, ending with the new Mr. & Mrs.
  • 1st Dance - I always love the bride and groom to be introduced into the reception and hit the dance floor for their 1st dance. The guests are still excited and the focus is 100% on the newlyweds.
  • Cutting of Wedding Cake - If your cake will be served as dessert, here is the perfect opportunity to cut the masterpiece. This will then allow the caterer to get the cake off the dance floor, into the back, cut and plated for the dessert portion of the meal.
  • Toasts - So not to turn your wedding reception into a roast & toast, allow your Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor to make those special toasts. Some venues like to have the toasts before meal service begins, but should you want to incorporate it during dinner service, I'd suggest toasting right before the main course is presented.
  • Father & Daughter Dance / Mother & Son Dance - After meal service (and the bar is most likely about to open) now is the perfect opportunity for those dances with the "loves" of your life. Should your parents be shy or unable to dance an entire song, consider doing the dances together or shortening the song.
  • Garter Toss & Bouquet Toss - For those that still love this tradition, the perfect opportunity to watch your guests go wild is approximately 30-45 minutes after the dance floor has opened.
It's always important to discuss the order of events with the banquet manager prior to wedding day to ensure that all involved are aware of each activity and the scheduled time of the event.

Until next time...WEDologize!

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  1. Great reminders here! These are things often overlooked in the flurry of other wedding details -- but very important for a truly enjoyable reception!

  2. Thanks so much. My favorite part is always the cake cutting :)



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