Stressed about the reception going smoothly…

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

You might want to consider getting a DOC who can help things run smoothly so you don’t have to worry about it.  This isn’t something YOU want to try to manage on the day of!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@bretonvirgniia:  I understand that.  Any chance you could find a local bride and trade DOC services?  She provides DOC services on your big day, and you on hers?

Otherwise, I think you could probably work with your DJ / band to help with the timeline, they should be used to helping events flow through the evening, as long as you let them know exactly what you want to happen, and when.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would happily take on that task for a friend, even if I wasn’t invited to the wedding. Do you have someone you could ask? Many Bees will think it is inappropriate to ask a guest to take on that task, but I honestly believe that most people have someone in their circle of family and friends who would be glad to help out.

What about the MC? Are you having one?

 

 

Post # 7
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845 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@bretonvirgniia:  We had a DOC and while she was super-helpful for setup/cleanup and vendor coordination leading up to the day, but once the reception was in motion, very little stage management was required. People know what to and what to expect at weddings. If your wedding veers from tradition, like mine did, people still know what to do, because they’ve all attended parties before!  

That said, our DJ handled the playlists for the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner and dancing and he gave short announcements if guests needed to move to a new space. We didn’t have him announce speeches or dances. 

A Practical Wedding has some good tips about stage managing your wedding: http://apracticalwedding.com/2011/07/wedding-planner-tip/ and there other how-to’s linked to at the bottom of the post are great too. 

I don’t think you need a DOC as long as your crew is capable!

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