Post # 1
We are doing an iPod wedding, so there will be no DJ to announce things like cake cutting and our first dance. Do we NEED these things, or will people notice without an announcement? If we have a groomsman do it, is there a better way to announce things of this nature than, "everyone look over at the cake table, they’re going to cut the cake!"
Everything I imagine someone saying is cheesy in my head. What do you think?
Post # 3
At my sister in laws wedding they did the ipod thing and it was a total bust. The first issue was with their music. They picked the things they loved whicvh were incredibly difficult to dance to- those obnxious medium slow songs. Secondly, there was no MC… so the group was sort of clueless. The first dance just "happened" and was pretty awkward looking. It would have been nice to have someone announce them… I don’t think cake cuttings need to announced, unless you want to be watched.
I suggest finding a person you know with personality to help with the flow of the reception i.e. announcing you as a couple as you enter the room, announcing "The Bride and Groom will now have their first dance," etc… Another thing I recall from SIL wedding is I remember her slightly stressed the best man felt awkward doing his speech because nothing had been said the entire reception… All of a sudden this guy gets up and starts talking, we had no idea who he was (and he wasn’t a great speaker either… so it made it even more confusing).
I think flow is important, and people don’t know what to do when they aren’t told.
Post # 4
I’d have somebody step in to make announcements, just because there are some people who will want to watch you do those things but won’t be paying close enough attention to notice on their own. I’d have a groomsman or somebody else you trust just take control of the mic long enough to say, ‘Ladies and gentleman, I’d like to announce that the bride and groom will now be cutting their cake in the foyer," then leave it at that.
Post # 5
You need someone to make announcements so people know what is going on. I’ve been to a wedding that had a dj, but he didn’t do his job properly, and eveything was a mess because no one knew what was going on!
Post # 6
definitely third the call for someone to make announcements or to at least help herd people. we’re doing an iTunes wedding, so no dj for us, but our coordinator will be helping move things along with help from others to make necessary announcements. no need to be cheesy on the announcements front – as long as you are prepared. pick someone you trust or consider scripting the announcements and having someone read.
hey look – cake!
[specific kind words about the couple or, if the couple is making the announcement, thanks to everyone for coming/sharing the big day] so-and-so and so-and-so invite you to join them for the cake cutting