Post # 1
How did you get your reception to flow? We are having an iPod reception without dancing. We’re just playing instrumental versions of song we love as background music during dinner and such. Here is the order of events…
The ceremony will end at 3:30 and the reception will start around 4. The reception is at the same place as the ceremony, but we need time to set up the food since we don’t want to have it just sitting out. So during that 30 minutes, we’re going to sneak off with our photographer and take a few pictures. We will have some hor d’oeuvres during this time and background music playing. Then at 4, we’ll go straight into our first dance. After that, we will eat dinner (it’s a buffet) and then cut the cake. Toasts will be while people are eating cake. And then we’ll have one final dance where we would like people to join us and then our grand exit. So how do we handle this without a DJ to announce each thing? We have rented a sound system with mics so we could have a member of the bridal party do it. But I just don’t want it to be super awkward. Any tips?
Post # 2
taraelisabeth: Well, you’ll probably want a designated DJ – even if its a cousin or friend or whatever.
Also I would think a little bit more about the 30 minute photoshoot. 30 minutes is just not enough time tbh. If I were you i’d try to take some before the ceremony or extend the “cocktail hour”
Post # 3
We had a good (responsible) friend be the MC. He got on the mic whenever it was time for the first dance, cake cutting, toasts, etc. Otherwise, the reception just kinda flowed on its own. You can utilize your playlists to really set the pace for what’s going on. A change in music–say, from mellow dinner time stuff to faster songs–will signal guests that something’s about to happen. Worked great for us.
Post # 4
mrsjmd124: We are doing all the other pictures beforehand (family, bridal party, first look, etc.). The 30 minutes after is just some “just married” pictures while things are getting set up.
WeModerns: I was going to just put the music on shuffle, but I think you’re right. I will try to organize it a little more appropriately for the flow of events.