Post # 1
For my wedding reception I’m trying to come up with ways to acknowledge tradition, but reinvent it in my own modern way. Everything decor wise is quite folksy, diy and vintage, and the venue is going to be at a campground where guests will stay the night in cabins (renting out a kid’s summer camp on a lake). Okay, enough background haha.
I’m thinking of another way to do the champagne and toasts before dinner. I don’t want to ask people to stand up and make a speech, because I personally would have so much anxiety about speaking in front of 200 people, and I know that many people in my family are the same way. So instead of having traditional toasts, I want to make a video before the wedding of (brief) interviews with friends and family, asking them for wedding advice. I would show it at the beginning of dinner so that people can eat and hopefully laugh/cry and enjoy the video at the same time. I’m sure, knowing my fiancee’s father, that some people will still want to make a toast, which is fine, but I want to take the pressure off my guests and I also think it would be really fun to be able to have the video of marriage advice from all of the guests. My fiancee and I like making films!
Also, instead of just serving champagne, I was looking to create a sort of, prosecco bar. Prosecco is a cheaper alternative to champagne, and to make it more fun, I was thinking of buying all sorts of the torani liquid flavoring. Like coconut, raspberry, lemon, pineapple, toasted marshmallow, sour apple, etc. etc. and then people can flavor their own prosecco. For kids I would probably just get seltzer water and they could make their own soda.
What do think?
Post # 3
I like your idea about the interviews! As long as it’s spliced together in a fast paced (but you know, not buzzing through) way that keeps people interested, I say go for it! That would be very memorable. And I have a suggestion for your prosecco bar – what about doing trays of fruit instead? I think that it’d make a prettier set up and better pictures, and be better for guests to drop a handful of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc etc in their drink instead of the sugary flavors. Plus, people that didn’t drink could still have maybe some sparkling water with the fruit.
Post # 4
The film is a GREAT idea! super cute. I love it =]
Post # 5
i think it’s a cute idea! i once wen to a wedding where the dj interviewed the bride and groom before the wedding and played their answers at random moments during the wedding.
Post # 6
Most people don’t like champagne of any kind. But if you know your guests will enjoy what you are fixing, then go for it. Just have something available (using the flavored syrups) that others can enjoy who don’t like wine, which many adults don’t.
You know your guests best. If you think they will love the video then do that. Having it during the dinner hour is good because people can watch who want to and those who aren’t interested don’t have to feel obligated to.
Post # 7
As far as the video goes, I’d make an announcement beforehand telling guests that they’re free to eat and mingle over the video – otherwise people might think it’s stuffy.
With the prosecco, I would just make sure you include detailed instructions nearby – I had never even heard of it, and would have no idea how to use it. 🙂