(Closed) Reception Help!?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
605 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

for toasts, maybe the bridal party could start clinking their glasses to get people’s attention? will you have a microphone? that may help since when someone starts speaking, people will hear it. having a microphone might also help cue other events for the reception as well (like cake cutting, first dance if you’re having it, etc.).

i haven’t been to an hors d’oeuvres wedding (although i think they’re a fabulous idea), but i’m sure there is other advice out there!

Post # 4
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010


Are you planning on having an music? A DJ? Typically a DJ would emcee the night, getting people’s attention for each change/event. If you aren’t, or if you are iPod DJing it yourself, I would ask a friend or family member who is a good clear speaker to coordinate stuff for you. Like just have them get on the mic and say “If I could have everyone’s attention, the Best Man would like to say a few words…” or something like that. He/She could lead the prayer, ask to have the bride and groom come over for the cake cutting, etc. If you have a friend do it, just make sure you give them a timeline for when you want each thing to happen so they can direct people’s attention.


Post # 5
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Is there some type of stage or porch or something that you could stand on so all of the guests could see you?  If everyone is standing then you might want to be higher up so guests can see you.

I know you said you won’t be having seats, but how long are you anticipaing the reception to last?  Even if it is just appetizers and cake, as a guest I would still expect a seat!  I know there probably wouldn’t be a seating chart, but I would like a place to rest my weary feet!

Post # 7
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Perhaps you can arrange the chairs/hors d’oeuvres tables in a circular pattern and have you, your FH and bridal party in the center? Your bridal party can use little bells/party whistles/clappers to garner attention and you and the FH can proceed with a toast.

Congrats from one soon-to-be-a-mrs-sailor to another 😉

Post # 8
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

After the wedding party was introduced and then us as the Mr. and Mrs., we took our place at the front of the room.  My Maid/Matron of Honor had a mike and just started the toast.  Everyonewas watching us make our way to the front of the room and were expecting something since we had toasts in our wedding program.

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