Posted 08 March 2010 - 12:07 AM
Finally my social is done! It was FANTASTIC! I had the best time. My face hurt after only 20min of being there, so it was a long night!! We actually arrived later than we had planned, my FI is diabetic and because we had been running around and he didn't eat properly, he needed a nap. But when we got there at 9:45 the place was packed. Our wedding party was handling the door so they started cheering and the place erupted in cheers. We felt like rockstars! LOL
I cannot say enough about the crew at Greendell Community Centre. They were so helpful and kept everything running so smoothly. Leonard and his team were so efficient and handled anything that came up, so we could just relax.
Our prizes went over really well. We had to draw for the Wii & accessories, and the Big BBQ (we had 2) out of a huge tub because the paper bags couldn't hold all the tickets!! Hearing everyone's excitement over all the prizes (16 regular & 3 Grand) made all the hard work worth it. My faves were the "As Seen on TV" prize (who doesn't love the Slap Chop!), a Pilates starter kit, and a huge movie-style Popcorn maker.
Unfortunately, our tickets were attacked by an over-zealous aunt, the one person we forgot to tell not to open them! But my FI's cousin is having a social April 1, so they are gonna buy them off of us. We bought way too many tickets, but at least we didn't run out. We bought all of our tickets at The Party Stuff Store except the drink tickets. We got really fun ones at Labelle's, they were sheets of 5 and each ticket said something different like "I'm thirsty" and "time for another drink". Everyone thought they were really fun. To make it easier, I ripped off one ticket, because 4 tickets were $10.
One of the best things we did for the people at the door was give them a "cheat sheet": 4 drink tix=$10, $20=3 sheets, ect. This helped keep the lines moving and helped out our friends so they didn't have to do a lot of math!!
Serving Pizza was a huge success. We ordered 50 and 43 got eaten in what seemed like minutes. Domino's delivered on time and when the bill was higher than we were quoted, a quick phone call honored what we were told. Because we had some guests who can't eat pizza, 2 meat trays were ordered along with a small amount of social food, and this was devoured as well.
I am so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and bought this totally hott dress from Le Chateau Outlet (paid $29.99 for a $169 dress!!). I was so worried about wearing a strapless dress and almost bought a new one, but once I was there I didn't even think about it. And my FI used a free tux rental we won at a wedding show. It was great for everyone who can't be at our wedding to see us really dressed up, especially because we are not "dress up" people.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I can now be considered an expert lol. I received a lot of excellent help on the forum, so I would love to pay it forward.