- 5 years ago
I haven’t been to many weddings, so I’m not exactly sure what the “norm” is supposed to be. We are looking at having this in a beautiful old hotel. We will be eloping and this will be the wedding reception a few months later. This is the timeline of events I was thinking:
When guests arrive, they will be in the reception room with a full bar. We will also have passed appetizers and signature drink (I’m thinking a lavender champagne cocktail). Old jazz – 30s and 40s – will be playing. We will arrive without fanfare and mingle with everyone. I am thinking of decorating the room with pictures from the wedding.
Guests will be ushered into the dining room. We don’t want a buffet or sit down dinner (the food always comes out cold, I swear). We are thinking of stations, but with waiters. Each table of 10 is assigned a waiter and an assistant. The guests will be given a few choices for the main meal. Such as, main meal: steak with gorgonzola butter or proscuitto wrapped chicken? Side dish: balsamic green beans or roasted red potatoes or light penne? Salad will be chosen for them, as well as dessert. The waiter will take the orders to the food station at the edge of the room and cook the “custom” meal. Did I explain that well enough? The waiters will be on hand for drinks, wine, water, condiments, etc.
I’m not sure what to do about and MC and speeches. I personally hate them, but I know they are par for the course. Does anyone have suggestions on how to do this? Who should speak? How long? How can we fit in entertainment?
Guests will be ushered into the dance hall. There are couches on the edges of the room for anyone who doesn’t wish to dance. There will be a live band. Do I have to do the “first dance” with everyone watching? That sounds embarrassing. The signature cocktail will also be passed around so people aren’t just standing around watching.
8:45/9:00: Cigar Bar/Dessert Buffet
I know not everyone is going to want to dance, especially all night. So we want to set up areas for people to enjoy themselves. We will have a cigar bar in the first room (reception room) with club chairs and old Rat Pack tunes. The dining room will be turned into a dessert bar (after dinner there was just cake). This room will still have tables and seating.
The rest of the night is simply for our friends and family to dance, mingle and simply enjoy themselves. We have three beautifuls rooms to spread out in. As those who have planned a wedding or attended many, how does this sound? What should I add/change/remove? I don’t want people leaving at 9 because they are bored. Should I move it an hour later?
Any help you can offer would be great! I’m in completely unfamiliar territory here.