Ideas and Options
I thought I'd offer you the opportunity to look over some of the special things I've done in the past at other weddings just in case you'd like to incorporate some of them into your wedding reception.
Wedding Party Introductions
A fun way to get the party atmosphere going is to introduce the wedding party on arrival to the hall but there's many ways to do it depending on your tastes.Option 1. Simple introductions of the wedding party with music-Option 2. High energy introductions with rowdy music-Option 3. A theme- depending on your tastes and lifestyle we could introduce the wedding party to a theme that fits your party. Example; I once did the introductions to a boxing theme using the song from ROCKY with the girls against the guys or we've used a sports theme with rowdy sports music. We've also done movie themes and even a Fairy Tale theme. It's up to you and your imagination!
Other options to consider; introducing the ushers, the flower girl and ring bearer, the parents and grandparents, the hosts, etc....
Suppertime EntertainmentDepending on logistical factors I sometimes do some fun things to entertain the crowd during the meal.
It's fairly common at the reception that someone will start to tinkle their glass and after a short time everyone will be making noise with the desired result of the bride and groom standing up and kissing. What I like to do is explain to the crowd that the bride and groom's kiss was only the first part- it's now your turn to pick another couple (or two) who have to also stand up and kiss just like you did!Another thing I like to do is to explain to the guests that they (one person, a duet, or table) must sing a song with the word "LOVE" in it in order to get the bride and groom to kiss. This can be fun but I have had a few crowds that just would not sing, so if you'd like to do this option just ask yourself first if you think anyone will sing.
Dances and Games
There are many, many "games" and family traditions we've done at wedding receptions. While I am more than happy to grant your wishes, I do ask that everything I do be classy or "family friendly". Yes, this is your wedding reception and I will do all I can to make it special but I have worked very hard to build a good reputation and I'd like to keep it that way.
On the East coast it is a tradition that the Bride and Groom's first dance is done immediately upon their arrival to the hall. I've only done this a couple of times but it's something that may appeal to you.
Usually the dance starts with the Bride & Groom's spotlight dance but after that it's really up to you!
The most common second dance is the Bride with her dad. You can follow this with the Groom and his mom. Occasionally these two dances can be combined. This is usually followed by the parents dance and/ or the wedding party dance.
I like to follow the wedding party dance with a "Snowball Dance". What happens is during the next song I will stop the music randomly and call out "SNOWBALL!" That's the dancer's cue to leave the dance floor, go out to the audience and bring up a new partner.
Here's an idea that is fun and can be very touching. I call it the "Anniversary" dance.
I start by asking ALL married couples to please come out to the dance floor and start a love song. After a short time I stop the music and ask that all couples married less than one day to please leave the dance floor and after you leave start the music up for a while. I then stop the music again and eliminate those couples married less than 5 years, then 10 and so on until we are down to the longest married couple present. At that point I bring the Bride and Groom back out and ask the longest married couple if they have any words of wisdom for the newlyweds.
Optional- you could give the bouquet and garter will be given to this couple.
There are many other traditional "games" that we do regularly- these include the "Chicken Dance", "Conga Line", "Hokey Pokey", "Cha Cha Slide", "The Casper Slide", "Macarena", as well as the "Bouquet Toss", "Garter Toss", "Garter Auction", "Dollar Dances", and many others. Please feel free to call me to discuss these or any other things you might want or if you DO NOT want these dances played.
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