Venezuelan receptions are fun and different, for example:
-it is “tradition” to take the centerpiece home if you wish at the end of the party. They are designed with this in mind (usually moms and grandmoms have the priority)
-we don’t designate seats everyone just sits wherever they want as they arrive to the reception because we don’t stay at the actual tables for too long as soon as the room fills up with all the guests we start dancing and almost 90% of all guest dance even the kids and the elderly. Also we just talk so much and tend to wander to different tables, and everybody seems to know each other all the time.
-there is always a “Mesa de Quesos” with a variety of cheese, deli, bread, and fruit. Also the wedding cake and “Mesa de postres” dessert table. We don’t always serve dinner, sometimes it’s just hors d’ouvres, but if they do serve dinner it’s always a buffet with a salad bar.
-we party hard, we eat a lot, we dance all night, we drink all night and around 5 am we serve soup to recover. LOL
-Venezuelan women go all the way glamour we usually wear long beaded dresses and high heels, pro make up,”the works” unless it’s a beach wedding. And our dates match their ties to our dresses. (for example if i wear a purple dress he can wear a lilac or purple tie to match)
-Venezuela may have great rums but the favorite is scotch and there is usually a new bottle and a waiter on every table when you arrive.
-Children are always present and welcome at our weddings and they are allowed to hit the dessert stand as soon as they get there (of course the cake is off-limits) Many weddings have play areas for them but they usually run around dancing and jumping and eating.
– When the bride and groom arrive they usually hit a photography stand for a while to greet their guests, “la novia”cries with her grandparents, they take pictures for a while then they prepare for their first dance.
-There is always a band of live latino music who can do a variety set and wile they rest there is usually a dj. Music is very important to us.
-After dinner around midnight we do “hora loca”(crazy hour). The bridesmaids hand out plastic beads, masks, feather boas, inflatable instruments etc and they play samples of a variety of music for people to laugh and have fun to. The bride and the groom wear oversized specialty hats and are usually drawn to the stage where the band is to lead the dancing.
-sometimes they bring in specialty shows like brasilian samba dancers (garotas), or portuguese traditional dancers, or arabian belly dancers, or tipical venezuelan tropical drummers, people go crazy with these shows they are so much fun.
-sometimes our grandmothers or moms do want to take food home and the waiter puts it to go for them In our culture, our grandparents are so beloved they can do pretty much anything they want.
-the one thing that we don’t like amidst the crazy over the top fun…uninvited guests. If you weren’t invited we won’t ask you to leave but its not proper and nobody likes it. If you are a guest and an unexpected last minute date is needed be sure to call the bride and let her know, common courtesy is the perfect solution.