Planning for your wedding reception
For a small wedding reception venues Melbourne as far as I remember the Ascot House Receptions is an appropriate venue. It’s your wedding day, one of the most important days of your life. Your wedding reception may very well be the biggest party you ever throw. It’s important that everything goes well, and to make sure it does, you should have a solid plan. A professional DJ should meet with you and go over you plans, help you pick out music for each “event” that will take place during your reception, as well as agree on how each announcement will be made.
It’s a good idea to
develop a timeline for your reception. With all that you’ll have going
on this day, it’s easy to forget the details. A timeline will help
everyone remember “what to do next”, and will serve as a guide to keep
everything on schedule. Without a schedule, the guests might begin to
leave before you’ve had the garter toss, or your time at the venue could
be up without the last dance being played. A timeline does necessarily
have to be extremely rigid, but it’s good to at least have a guide.
the ceremony is over, and the guests have arrived at the reception
venue, the first big announcement is the Bridal party’s grand entrance.
Work with your DJ to select fitting music for your entrance. A
professional DJ will have a list of songs to suggest if you don’t have
anything in mind.
During the grand entrance, you’ll want your DJ
to introduce each member of the bridal party, ending with the Best Man
and Maid/Matron of honor. Finally, the Bride and groom are introduced,
and the celebration begins! There should be a constant building of
excitement during this grand entrance, and the responsibility for
building the energy level rests on the shoulders of your disc jockey.
wedding reception is unique, and the bride and groom may want to do
things their own way, which more than fine. Generally, however, the
crowd energy built up in the grand entrance is kept alive as the bridal
party takes their seats while the bride and groom move from being
formally introduced straight over to the dance floor for their first
dance as a wedded couple. Work with your DJ to pick out the perfect
first dance song for you and your new spouse. He or she should have a
very nice list of songs to suggest. Once you have the song picked out,
practice dancing to the song with your soon-to-be spouse ahead of time.
All eyes will be on you, and although you don’t have to be Fred Astaire
and Ginger Rodgers, you’ll want to be able to do more than sway
side-to-side for your guests. Take some dancing lessons if you feel
especially uncomfortable with it.
the couple’s first dance, it’s time to serve the meal. If not handled
properly, and your reception has a large number of guests, this can
become very confusing with a long line of guests waiting to eat. Your
DJ can help maintain an orderly, manageable line, while entertaining
your guests. For example, the DJ can work with the couple ahead of time
to build a list of trivia that can be used as a means to “release”
tables of guests to the buffet line. Another idea is to have a slide
show prepared that the DJ can project, along with a sound track to keep
those waiting entertained, and the DJ can again control which tables go
in an orderly fashion to the buffet.
traditional cutting of the cake is a highly anticipated traditional
part of the wedding reception. The cake cutting is meant to symbolize
the first time the couple breaks bread together as husband and wife.
The scheduling of the cake cutting during the reception is up to the
preference of the new couple, but it can take place any time after the
meal has been served. My suggestion is to have the cake cutting shortly
after most everyone is through eating the meal. The allows for all of
the food portion of the reception to be covered before the garter toss,
bouquet toss, and special dances begin. Work with you DJ during the
planning stage to decide what song(s) you would like to have played
during the cake cutting. Popular songs for this portion of the
reception mention sugar or sweet in the lyrics. A couple of good
examples include “Sugar Sugar” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. Your DJ
should make an announcement that the time for cake cutting has arrived,
and encourage everyone to grab their cameras and gather around the cake
to watch the couple.
interesting fact about the bouquet toss at American weddings is that it
sprang from a tradition slightly more sinister. Long ago even a small
piece of the bride’s clothing was considered to be lucky, so wedding
guests would literally tear the bride’s dress to gain their own lucky
scrap. As a means of escaping the clutches of the eager guests, brides
began to toss their bouquets in order to distract them. As we know, the
woman who catches the bouquet is believed to be the next to get
married. Your DJ should work with you to select a song to play during
the bouquet toss, and should make an announcement, calling all of the
single ladies to the dance floor. You might also have the DJ call out
“1-2-3” or “3-2-1”, etc., as the bride is making her throw.
time-honored wedding reception tradition is the garter toss. The bride
should wear two garters; one to keep as a memento and the other to
throw at the reception. Both garters should be worn on the right leg,
just above the knee. The garter toss should take place immediately
after the bouquet toss. A chair should be brought to the middle of the
dance floor, where the groom will remove the garter, usually with his
hands, but sometimes with his teeth. The garter removal is usually
accompanied by a sexy or funny tune of some type, almost always to get a
laugh from the crowd. Examples are “Striptease”, “Oh Yeah”, and “Can’t
touch this”. Your DJ should be able to make some suggestions and work
with you to pick the perfect song.
Once the garter has been
removed, it’s time for the actual toss. The groom throws it backwards
over his shoulder to the single male guests, who the DJ has called to
the dance floor at the beginning of the garter toss event. As with the
bouquet, the male guest who catches the garter is thought to be the next
to be married. According to tradition, he is supposed to place the
garter on the right leg of the single female guest who caught the
meal is over, and a bit of visitation has been had, it’s time for the
Father-Daughter dance. This is a very special dance for the bride and
her father. Your DJ should be able to work with you to find a song that
will warm hearts and bring tears to many (good tears that is).
the Father-Daughter dance, this one will pull at the heart strings.
The Mother-son dance isn’t as common, but is included in quite a number
of modern-day weddings.
Just as with the couple’s first, these dances should be practiced as all eyes will be on the dance floor.
money dance is a traditional dance that some couples like to include in
their wedding reception. The money dance, sometimes called the “dollar
dance” is intended to help the bride and groom financially and to wish
good fortune upon their marriage. The way the dance works is the guests
make an offering for the opportunity to dance with the bride or groom.
The money is normally pinned to the bride or grooms clothing, or a sash
if preferred. Sometimes rather than pinning money to the bride or
groom’s clothing, the maid of honor and best man will collect the money
using a boot or other collection vessel. Your DJ should announce the
money dance, explain what it’s all about and how it works, and play the
songs that the couple has picked out for this dance. The money dance
should be allowed to run until willing dancers have dwindled down and
the bride and groom finish things off dancing together. The money dance
should take place directly after the special dances listed above and
before the dance floor is opened up to everyone.
let the guests know it will soon be time to get ready to line up and
see the bride and groom off, the end of the reception is signified by
the last dance. Work with our DJ to select a very special song as this
last dance will be the big your party’s big finish. The DJ will
announce the last dance, and the bride and groom take the dance floor
alone. Again, it’s a good idea to practice dancing before the
Once your plan and timeline is completed, your DJ should supply you with a printed copy of your plan that you can share with the venue, caterer, photographer, cake baker, etc. It’s a good idea that everyone involved is fully aware of what will happen and when. Again, the timeline doesn’t have to be followed to the minute, but you’ll be glad you prepared a schedule when it’s all over and nothing was missed.
Ross Henning is the Owner / DJ for Tunes 4 My Party Professional DJ service in Houston, TX. If you would like to hire a professional, reputable DJ in the greater Houston, TX area, please consider Tunes 4 My Party Professional DJ Entertainment and Lighting service. We specialize in Weddings, Corporate Events, School Dances, and Parties. We are also extremely creative and can assist with event planning. Visit our website at http://www.tunes4myparty.com, or give us a call at 281-846-2799.
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