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We’re a Chinese couple with a Western venue. My concern is the entertainment. Being that it’s a Western venue, it’s a 3 course meal as opposed to the 10 course Chinese banquet. The guests at a Chinese banquet are distracted by the food throughout the night, but at a Western venue, how can we kill time with a 3 course meal and guests who might not be into dancing for 4 hours? Bands, dancers, performers are not an option. How did you plan your reception schedule? Thanks!
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I think at a wedding, people really want to be able to spend some time with the Bride and Groom so even if you take 5/10 mins to greet each table and say hello, I think your guests will appreciate the acknowledgement of their presence to celebrate your big day! You’d be surprised at how fast time actually does fly by!
Even if your guests are not into dancing, most Chinese weddings have games of some sort regardless of what style venue it is held at. So perhaps you could have your MC keep the crowd going with different games (not necessarily at the bride and groom’s expense) but maybe like a trivia game of who knows the couple the best gets to take home the centerpiece or something to that effect.
Post # 5
You can play some newlywed games at the reception.
Here’s a list of them. Also for chinese weddings you wouldn’t believe how much time is taken up with group photos and the reception line, if you do those….
Post # 6
If you are doing menus at each person’s place-setting, you can put a crossword on the back. That might occupy some time.
You could also put together a slideshow of you and your groom from childhood to today- that would get rid of about 10 minutes and they are easy to create in PowerPoint.
Toasts sometimes take up a lot of time.
On the back of your table numbers you could put "conversation starters" that are pretty neutral in politically correctness (no talk of ’08 presidential candidates, global warming, abortion, etc.). This will help people stay occupied in conversation and forget about the lack of food options.
Post # 7
I checked out that The Knot one that bearbride posted and it said to wait until an hour before the reception was over to cut the cake?
You can’t be serious? I don’t think that I’ve ever attended a wedding where they did that – is this true ettiqute?? It says people will feel that it’s soon time to go after the cake is cut so don’t do it too early?
I’m not paying over a grand for a cake that only half my guests will eat….who wants cake at 10 pm anyway….ok aside from me, but we’ve already established I’m not on the "healthy bus" these days.
Post # 8
That schedule pretty much went along with how my reception went (which was an afternoon reception). Our cake cutting was probably about an hour before the end, the whole reception went by so fast it was hard to keep track of the time. We had 3 courses (salad, pasta, main entree) and then the cake & desserts so it ended up filling in the time pretty nicely in a 4 hour reception. We were running out of time to go around to the tables, dance, etc.
Post # 9
Thanks all! These are some serious good ideas!