Post # 1
I was at a wedding this past weekend and experienced something I’ve never seen done before… wondering if other brides have done this?
After dinner, the MC announced a little ‘game.’ The bride and groom had 4 1/2 minutes to go to each table and take a group picture with the guests seated there. To begin, the MC had everyone stand up and asked them to be ready with their best poses. Then, the bride and groom darted around the room making there way from table to table with their photographer as the Mission Impossible theme song played. It was quite fun and it definitely kicked off a good vibe for the dance that was to follow!
The wedding I was at was only about 100 people, so the 4 1/2 minute song-limit was perfect. The bride and groom did make it to every table, and they finished their ‘mission’ with a big kiss – about 15 seconds before the song ended.
I’m wondering if any other brides have done this or something similar with a larger reception? Our wedding will be about 200 people so I’m not sure a 4 1/2 minute song would work. Even if it takes 20 seconds for us to stop and running to/from each table, it could take 10 minutes – which could get old for our guests pretty fast.
Are there other songs that you think could work? Maybe two songs, each that have some sort of urgency to them that way guests don’t try to chat with us as we run around?
Unfortunately a receiving line just doesn’t fit in with our Fri evening timetable. Besides catching people randomly throuhgout the night or saying thank you in a speech, we thought this may be a good, fun idea. We could also end the ‘mission’ with a photo at the head table with our entire bridal party!
Thoughts or suggestions?
Post # 3
I love this idea! We have 20 tables though too…
Post # 4
I think this sounds awesome! Great for establishing a fun mood, and a clever way to make sure you get a photo with every table. I think my Fiance would love running around to the Mission Impossible Theme.
This is a total stab in the dark, but I wonder if your DJ might be able to kind of loop the music so you could still use the one song and still get around to your larger number of tables.
Post # 5
@graciej: I was thinking the same thing! I definitely plan on talking to my DJ about this idea; he may also have additional suggestions. My concern is that a mashup or loop of the theme song may get to be too much for the guests, but then again maybe it’s not as bad as I think? I’d hate for that song to be stuck in their heads all night!
Glad you both think the idea is a fun one!
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
That’s a great idea! We will definitely have to keep that in mind . . . One of the things we regret from the recent weddings we’ve been to is that we don’t have pictures with the bride and groom! Even the most recent one, last summer, was FI’s brother and Best Man, and we don’t have a picture of just the four of us. Oops!
Post # 7
@Elizabeth_05: This sounds like a fun idea for sure! I agree about seeing if your DJ can loop it (or even better – get a friend who knows about sounds/song editing to edit what you want into an MP3 before the wedding, then there’s no chance of anyone making a mistake with the looping pattern).
I would also suggest looking into mission impossible extended remixes, or other remix versions so that you can start with the song we all recognize but it could blend into a remix version, then at the end come back to the original version – it could be like an 8 or 9 minute version perhaps? This would need to mixed beforehand but could work out well and then it wouldn’t sound so repetitive. I looked it up on youtube and there a million different remixes out there, I think the Moby one was a standout for me. There was a Tiesto one too that sounded really fun as well.
Post # 8
I think this sounds awesome but we’re having somewhere between 20 and 25 tables! I imagine a DJ could draw out the theme song longer, though. But dude… you might get tired running around that many tables! LOL
Post # 8
Elizabeth_05: I am also an Elizabeth, but I digress…
THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this as I really really wanted to do a picture with each table and wanted it to be quick but we will have 15-18 tables so was begining to think it would be an impossible mission for sure or that people would try and tallllk to us for too long while accomplishing it etc… so how wonderful that I came across this, as it is a fantastic idea to get them done, making it fun, getting what I want, having it not be tedious for the guests etc. Great for setting the ton to be fun as well!! LOVE IT!!
Post # 9
That is a cute idea, but I think might be a little bit too much with 200 guests. We are in the same boat with about 200 guests, and I’ve been to weddings half the size and SO many things can be done at a wedding that size that just wouldn’t have worked for a larger wedding. For example, a went to a wedding where the bride and groom dismissed the aisles at the church and hugged every guests. It was cute for around 50 guests, more than that would have been obnoxiously long, not to mention a ton of hugs to give out. We decided we are just to stand right outside the congregation and hold open the door as our guests leave the church and thank our guests as they leave. It will be way more casual than a receiving line, have only the two of us, and people wanting to get out of the doors to leave the church will kind of force the line along. We will stilll do some table visits to try to connect with guests, but that way we don’t have to feel obligated to visit every table. I plan on eating AND dancing at my own reception, and personally I think it is kind of rude to visit tables as guests are eating.
Post # 10
mgbser: We will have approx 120. So hopefully can be done and I agree about the eating interuption….hoping the pics done before the eating starts..like end of cocktail hour is what my new timeline would be. Also agree that greeting the guests as they leave the ceremony just bride and groom is the best way to see/thank everyone individually. Once you get past 150 people attending it definitely has to get more creative!
Post # 11
This is a great idea!!! If your worried about taking too long, maybe you can split it up! casually do half the tables throughout the night and when you get to about the 10th table, the music starts and the dj says something like, “dancing begins in 5 mins, Mr. and Mrs. Elizabeth_05, you now have 4:30 to get group shots in” then the music drops and its a race against time.
Post # 12
Echoing PPs LOVE this idea! super fun!!
Post # 13
LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea…emailing my DJ right now to incorporate this!!!!!
Post # 14
I’m curious about what other brides and guests think about this idea. Outside of the head table, we’ll have 12 tables with under 100 guests. Do brides want photos w each table? I just never thought about that before. And is 4.5 mins fine for guests? Just not sure if this is fun even for outdoors Tuscany terrace-looking semiformal reception? Very interesting