Post # 1
I have been talking to married friends and family about their wedding reception and it appears that the general consensus is that the reception is over in the blink of an eye. Former brides/grooms stated that they barely danced or ate at their own wedding. They indicated that they spent so much time greeting guests (and saying goodbye to them as well) that there was little time for anything else (except first dance, mother/son dance, daughter/father dance).
Post # 3
@californiabride2013: I am not married yet.. (33 more days to go) and I am getting the same response.
FI and I have planned our wedding in a way so that we can enjoy our cocktail hour, go into the reception, have our first dance, say hello to people. When we see that our food is being set down, we will go to our table, eat fast, and continue to say hello. 1) Our food is amaze-balls. 2) We didn’t pay all that money to NOT eat! 3) We plan to dance as much as possible.
But we will see how our plans turns out lol
Post # 4
@californiabride2013: Well our party lasted way into the night (we didn’t get to bed until 5 or 6 AM), so I was very ready to go to sleep by the end. Everyone danced, drank and had a great time because my ceremony, reception and hotel were all in the same location. Since my guests were all from out of town, everyone stayed at the same hotel (I got a great rate for having everything there) so no one had to drive, plus we had an open bar. To me, a wedding is a party, so I planned it as such. We’re still getting compliments on how great of a party it was.
Post # 5
@californiabride2013: This is why I LOVED having a small wedding (30 people, including us). There weren’t many people to say hi or bye to, and I literally spent more than 3 hours dancing (i do not even dance often). It was a blast! My husband and I had a ton of fun, and everyone always says it was such a great wedding: very intimate, very fun…
Post # 6
@Daizy914: Date twin!
Like you, we are planning on eating and hitting the dance floor. But with the ceremony starting at 12.30 and the bar closing at midnight we should have enough time to get round everyone AND have loads of fun ourselves.
Post # 7
@californiabride2013: I didn’t dance that much, or eat that much, but I still had a fantastic time. I was just so drained from the prep and the ceremony! I danced to maybe about 3 songs, and had some snacks, but my body was so hyped from all the excitement I couldn’t muster an appetite. They gave us a doggy bag at the end of the night to enjoy our awesome food back at the hotel, which we did. I spent most of it chatting with friends which was wonderful.
Post # 8
Just got married saturday so it is fresh in my mind. 🙂 after we came in for dinner i stayed at my seat until i ate. People came up to say hi but they did so between my bites. I also danced my ass off. You’re the bride, people will find you. If they wanted to say hi or bye, they did so while busting a move. I made my rounds of course, and hopped in the photo booth with a few people, but i still got to enjoy my reception very much. We had about 150 guests, plated meal and 3.5 hours of dancing, which was more than enough. Some guests left early, which is fine, but the dance floor had people on or all night. By 11 pm when it was over i was so ready to go home.
Post # 9
I loved my reception. We didn’t have a traditional affair, more a huge and informal evening celebration and there simply wasn’t room in our venue (a pub) for dancing. So no, I didn’t dance but I did get around to speaking to most people (like nearly all brides you can never quite talk for as long as you’d like to everyone) and as I looked across the room, everyone was enjoying themselves. We also had fireworks and flares and some singing and we stayed up very late – nobody wanted to leave! it was so good I wish I could do it all again!
Post # 10
@LilLis: our ceremony starts at 3pm. THe ceremony will be about 30-40 mins. Hopefully it ends at 3:45 we take some pictures at the Church, and are done by no later than 4:30. The reception is about 5 mins away. We can take pix from 4:45-6pm. 6pm the cocktail hour starts. I plan on telling my photographers to work quickly because I do want to enjoy my cocktail hour. I do not want to spend the entire cocktail hour taking pictures. LoL Then the reception is from 7pm to 11pm. I will take pictures of course with all the tables, eat, drink dance, more pictures, eat drink dance. But again, we will see how the day pans out!!
I can’t believe how fast my engagement went by!
Post # 11
I had a blast at my reception! We took all of our pictures before the ceremony, which I highly recommend. We took about 10 minutes worth of sunset shots though, but that was all we took after the ceremony. We got married at 5:30 and our reception was at the same venue where we got married. So the ceremony lasted until almost 6 and by 6:15 we were doing our introductions! We were the first people to eat dinner. I talked to people as they came up to us, but we spent a lot of money on that food, and I was determined to eat. We finished eating, started our dances, and greeted some more people. Between the two of us, we’re almost positive we spoke to every single person there. We had 85 guest. And I had a blast and danced most of the night! We had to have the music off at our venue at 10 pm.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
DH and I did a first look, so we got all of the photos done before the wedding ceremony. During cocktail hour, our bridal party went and enjoyed the appetizers and drinks and we had a quiet dinner alone in the bridal suite. That way we could spend all of dinner walking around and talking to guests.
When the dancing started, I probably spent 75% of the time out on the dance floor and the other 25% getting a drink and hanging out with friends/family who weren’t dancing. I absolutely loved our wedding reception and I had so much fun.
Post # 13
I tried to make it out on to the dance floor as much as possible (which is hard when you have people pulling you in all sorts of directions). I don’t think I danced to a full song, but would start dancing on one side of the dance floor, dance with a few different people and exit on the other side. I’ve been at other weddings though where the bride and groom haven’t left the dance floor.
We had speeches between courses, and since we told everyone to be short and sweet, it gave us lots of time to walk to the different tables to visit. We had 12 tables, and I think we only missed 3 or 4.
I didn’t hire a day of coordinator (because I provide this service to others, and figured I would be so organized I wouldn’t need one), and I was called in many directions throughout the day. Everyone came to me if they had a problem or a question (ie. Someone took a 3 foot vase from the lobby and was using it as a glass, so the venue manager came to me to tell him to stop – it was actually hilarious; a friend was breastfeeding in the wrong area and came to me to ask where she was supposed to go – she had been in someone elses bridal suite, and should have been in mine).
The one recommendation I have, it’s not about the reception, but about the photographers. Regardless of how many times they say “we know what photos to take, we’re professionals”, make sure you have a list of must have photos. We did not have a list because we ‘trusted him’ and now we do not have any photos of just my groom and his groomsmen, or groom and the bridesmaids, or of me and the BM’s and me and the GM. We don’t have any photos with us and my grandparents either.
Post # 14
It was a little bit of everything, we took photos with guests from every single table (guests from each table went to our sweetheart platform whilst the entrees are being served to their respective table, by the time they got back to their seats, the food is still hot)
I danced the night away too and photos are still being taken every angle. We had a lot of fun! It was an AMAZING reception! not just for DH and myself, but for all our guests as well. Don’t take my word for it! check our reception (photos and video attached) here
Post # 15
It went by super fast. We spent most of the night saying hi/bye to guests and doing the planned reception events (dances, cake cutting). I didn’t even say get to hi to some guests, or I’d say “hi, thanks for coming, have a safe trip home” all at the same time.
We tried to go around and talk to people but we would get stopped probably every couple steps by someone. So pretty much anyone who wanted to say hi to us had to find us themselves.
Take a few minutes to soak it in, because it really does go by so fast!
Post # 16
My reception flew by, but it flew by bc I was having SO much fun. Seriously, my reception was the best four to five hours of my life. We did all our pictures before so we ate our meal alone in the bridal suite after the ceremony. Then we greeted all guests right after our first dance. We got that all out of the way pretty quickly and spent the rest of the time dancing, drinking, and socializing.