Post # 1
Was wondering if you ladies could help me out with logistics of this crazy idea I had! Let me give you a few details first:
Our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception will all be held in one location. Ceremony in Ballroom 1, cocktail hour in the grand atrium between the two ballrooms, and reception in Ballroom 2. The events will literally flow from one room to the next, which is one of the things I am most excited/concerned about for our wedding, that the night will be completely seamless for our guests.
Okay, onto my question: The ceremony will end and of course my groom and I will exit the room first and enter the atrium … followed close behind by our attendants and family, and finally by all of our guests. We are having a pianist/vocalist play on the grand piano in the atrium during the cocktail hour. We were thinking/hoping to have our first dance song right then … we would hope that the guests would form a circle around us (guided by the bridal party?) and we could have our first few minutes as husband and wife all to ourselves (with 200 people staring at us!) as well as have our first dance song be played and sung by a beautiful musician rather then a DJ. (It’s My Wish by Rascal Flatts which is played mostly on the piano.) What do you think? Do you think that would work? We were also planning to have a champagne toast during the cocktail hour, and would have glasses set up, as well as have them passed around while we are dancing. We wouldnt open the rest of the bar/food until the song is over.
Ok, so will this work? am I crazy? am I overthinking it? or not thinking enough?! let me know!!! Thanks!
Post # 3
I don’t think you’re crazy…but maybe I’m biased since I’m doing the same thing! We have our friends’ band playing during the cocktail hour and we are going to dance to one of their songs.
As long as the atrium is big enough and your bridal party leads the way in the guests forming a circle so that the guests don’t get confused. Also, maybe you shouldn’t pass the glasses around for the champagne toast while you are dancing–that might cause more volume and disruption while you’re dancing, how about passing those around after the dance? I think this sounds like a good idea. I think it’s fun to do things that people don’t expect.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2010 - The Pierre Hotel
I think that’s a great idea – would there be an MC or someone to announce that you are having your first dance? That might help with getting people to form a circle around the two of you, etc. Good luck!
Post # 5
Great minds think alike latoya! 🙂 Agreed on the champagne pass causing a bit of noise — Hopefully they can hold off for another 3 minutes and 41 seconds!
wheresmydessert — I had that same question. I think we are going to have a sign as they exit the ceremony room that says something like "Please surround HumGroom and HumBride with your love as they partake in their first dance." or maybe we’ll have the officiant announce it at the end of the ceremony … or we could also have the pianist say something.
Post # 6
I’m also doing the same thing. We’re not making an entrance or anything, but the patio area where our cocktail hour is being held is beautifully lit with white Christmas lights all over the trees and such, and the patio is slightly elevated, almost like a stage, so we decided (weather permitting) to have our first dance there.
You’re not crazy! When you have these unique ideas, just go with them so long as your FI agrees, too. It’s the different details like this that will make your wedding stand out 🙂
Post # 7
We did something similar! We were introduced and came down a huge staircase into a round atrium. It all started with our DJ introducing the bridal party which encouraged the guests to form a circle around the edges of the atrium. When we were introduced after the bridal party and made it down the stairs, the DJ said something about us doing our first dance. It was really neat to be sharing a special moment surrounded by family and friends!
Post # 8
sminerva — The Christmas lights sound so pretty, seems like it will be a perfect spot and a perfec time for a first dance. As for standing out — that is exactly what we are trying to do! We have so many weddings in our family and among our friends this year that standing out is pretty much my number one priority!
linzella — glad to hear a "success story" of an untraditional first dance! 🙂
anyone else have any thoughts/concerns regarding the logistics?!
Post # 9
I think it sounds totally do-able and very nice! As far as logistics go, I would be sure someone (maybe the MC) is able to gather the attention of all your guests so they know what’s going on. I know after ceremonies so many people run to greet other guests right away.
Or, if you are having your programs, maybe at the end of the ceremony rundown you could write something like, "Post-ceremony please join the newlyweds in the atrium hour for a cocktail hour and their first dance".
Post # 10
Ooooo good idea with the program. I like, I like. Thanks!!