Post # 1
I’m planning a low-budget outdoor wedding for about 175 guests next summer. Probably in a large backyard of a house that I will rent for the weekend.
So.. how do you make sure that the “events” at your wedding keep moving along? For example, that the first dance happens when it should, guests get herded from the ceremony area to the reception area, speeches, group photos. Is a printed program sufficient?
Being that we are low on $, we won’t have a wedding planner on site. Do we need to appoing an emcee? My fiance and I have decided that our wedding party will consist of only our younger siblings, who aren’t the best planners to begin with. We don’t really want them or our friends to “work” to hard at the wedding– we want them to have fun!
So how do you make sure everything happens when it should?
Thanks for your advice!!
Post # 3
i think it would be great to appoint someone. anyone great speakers you can trust? an uncle? aunt? friend?
Post # 4
i’m thinking of asking a really close friend to do this job, since i am keeping my bridal party to only family, i thought this would be a nice way to involve her 🙂
Post # 5
It’s safest to appoint an MC. You don’t need to appoint someone in your wedding party. Anyone who can read a timeline and gives cue should suffice. I understand that you don’t want to spend $ on a day of wedding coordinator; in that case you will evitably have to employ the service of one of your friends or family members. If your timeline isn’t too complicated and requires merely announcements, this responsibility shouldn’t be that big of a burden.
Post # 6
are you having a dj? perhaps he can follow along the timeline, do you have anyone that is a friend etc that asks do you need any help with anything? if so, you can ask this person to keep on track, but make sure that you give them the timeline so that they can make sure things go along as needed.
Post # 7
If you are having a DJ or band, ask them if they can MC. Usually you can give them your timeline and they will keep things moving.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. Maybe we will go with handing the “schedule” to the DJs (who happen to be our friends) and a couple of close friends who love wedding planning stuff….sorta a system of checks and balances.
Post # 9
Give your timeline to several people and they can help move things along. In my opinion there is nothing worse than a wedding MC who talks to much, it sort of ruins the mood.
Post # 10
At our wedding, the groomsmen (my brothers) are doing the ‘keeping to schedule’ stuff, as they’re good about it — but the best man’s wife is on backup duty, as she’s excellent at it!
At my brother’s wedding, my uncle was asked to be MC — it was a nice way of including another family member, and he did a great job.