(Closed) How does a reception end?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Although we haven’t had our wedding yet, I think we’re planning on having the dj say something like, “The couple have requested the following song as their last song of the evening”; at that time we’ll play The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. I don’t know if the dj can also say something like “The bride and groom thank you for your company this evening. Everyone drive safe!”, LOL…Idk about that whole last part but yeah…

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Oh goodness. Are you guys playing music of any sort? I think you had mentioned your dad or Future Father-In-Law is being the MC? Can he maybe do the same sort of thing…”At this time the bride and groom would again like me to express their sincerest thanks for sharing this special day with them”, but I don’t know what you’d say other than that.

Then again, being that late I don’t think you have much to worry about. The people still there may be the ones you’re planning on hanging out w/ afterwards anyway.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We just went around and said goodbye to everyone. Most people left soon after we did – but we didn’t have an afterparty or anything of that sort so it was easy.

Post # 8
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Honey bee

Every wedding I have gone to, the wedding winded down on its own without any announcements and no one had any problems with it. Then the guests send off the couple with bubbles or birdseed.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

The last one I went to ended very abruptly. The last song ended, the lights came up, the DJ started cleaning up, and the bride and groom started saying good-bye to people. 

It was a little strange, but I’m not sure what else I expected.  I imagine ours will end similarly, because I don’t want to do any sort of grand exit/send-off. I don’t want to leave my own reception until it’s over and everyone else is leaving.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The most recent wedding reception I went to, the DJ played the Porky Pig “That’a All Folks” click (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBzJGckMYO4) at the end of the night. A little corny, but it got the point across!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’ve seen them end in a few ways. A lot of time when you cut the cake, people know it will end soon. It’s tradition for us and our family friends to play New York, New York as the last song, so for us, we always know that’s the end. A lot of times people will also just have the dj announce it and they’ll have a nice exit.

We just waited for the guests to go, and then ours was over.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Odd…usually, at weddings around here, the cake is cut immediately following dinner, and then dancing starts. Hm…

Same here, cake cutting is usually early in the night. Cut the cake for dessert after dinner, and then the dancing starts.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

This is a really good question! We’re having an afternoon reception (12:00-4:00). I doubt we’ll have much dancing, but there will be music (sans DJ). One thing we’re doing is putting the start and end time on the invitation, so hopefully that will help. Since we have quite a few people coming in from about 2-3 hours away we’re hoping to have some sort of “after party” in the evening. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My wedding winded down on it’s own… at 2am!  The last group of about 12 people would have stayed until 3am though if they could.  Just make an announcement I guess.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My wedding winded down on it’s own… at 2am!  The last group of about 12 people would have stayed until 3am though if they could.  Just make an announcement I guess.

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