- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
So, the reception. It was amazing. I did a DIY photobooth that was hilarious. HILARIOUS. I highly recommend. I got props at the dollar store and bought the $60 software for my computer. It was way easier than I thought. I also put digital copies on our website for people afterward (no one noticed. LOL), and also did a photo/video sharing site (Shutterfly Share) that only my bro and mom uploaded pics to. I had it listed on the photobooth directions and on the seating cards, but everyone kind of ignored it after the wedding. C’est la vie. At least I got the pics for myself. 😉
So…last minute/a few weeks prior items:
– Decided to do some photos on all the tables of pics of us, so I got little frames at the dollar store and we printed up some candids and our engagement shots. I am so glad we did this. Lots of people took them with them when they left (what we wanted) and it made our – bland, but beautiful – centerpieces much more personal.
– Decided to do favors (truffles from Sees candy) – we put the boxes together ourselves. My mom bought! 🙂
– Decided to do a toss dollar bill bouquet with everyone eligible (quite a few guests did it). My SIL and mom had made it for me with 20 $1 bills I provided, but my mom said one of the bills was too smooshy, so she replaced it with a $20 bill. LOL. My friend (the determined blond in the front) caught it and gave the $20 to my Junior Bridesmaid or Best Man niece because, in my niece’s words, “I’m cute”. I also think my friend was pretty drunk if the progression of her photobooth pics are anything to go by. LOL.
We only planned to do a first dance (shortened to 2 min) and no other special dances b/c of DW’s family (we weren’t sure her parents would show, but they did). However, my dad requested a slow song at some point, and grabbed me after a fast song I’d been dancing to, and we ended up doing an impromptu father/daughter dance. I teared up again. The really nice thing: DW’s brother danced with her during it too. On the next song (also slow), we switched it up, and I danced with my brother, and Destination Wedding danced with my dad. It was great. 🙂
I kept stepping on my dress during the whole reception! It was annoying. I think my crinoline ripped at some point. LOL.
Our DJ played a little bit too much 80s (we asked for a mix of 80s and current/popular), but it all worked out – our guests seemed to really like dancing to the 80s – and we all did the Electric Slide. 😛 We were also supposed to do the Cupid Shuffle, but I think because it was a shorter reception (3 hours), there wasn’t really time for 2 group dances. People started clearing out about 30 min. before our time at the venue ended, which was totally fine since I was worried about us having to kick people out or having an awkward ending. We also had a few off-the-wall songs (swing and whatnot) and a few couples really got into that, so it was super fun.
Wedding Party intro: Bittersweet Symphony (instrumental), The Verve
Newlywed intro: Gayaneh-Suite – Dawn, Ayeshe’s Dance (this was the song at the Bellagio fountain show that was playing when Destination Wedding proposed)
First Dance: Wonderwall, Ryan Adams
Cake Cutting: Ice Cream, Sarah McLachlan
Bouquet Toss: Let’s Get It Started, Black Eyed Peas
Impromptu Father/Daughter (Brother/Sister) dance: I’ll Be, Edwin McCain
Overall, it was so much fun. The day went by so quick (as everyone mentions). What a trip!