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I like the idea of speeches in bits and pieces between the dinner courses. Is anyone's parents making speeches? This is a common thing at the local weddings I've been to, but I don't seem to see any parent speeches on these timelines (unless I totally missed it). Is this different with DWs?

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Originally Posted by cinnagirl View Post

 

I like the idea of speeches in bits and pieces between the dinner courses. Is anyone's parents making speeches? This is a common thing at the local weddings I've been to, but I don't seem to see any parent speeches on these timelines (unless I totally missed it). Is this different with DWs?

 

I generally think that one of the great things about DW is that you can do it however you want! If you want to include parents speeches, do it! 

The local weddings I have gone to do parents speeches as a "welcome to the family" one. So FI's parents will probably do one  (FI is an only child) but mine will be open to my parents or any of my siblings (if any come... drama). If they don't come, we will just ask FI's parents to say something nice. I usually love the parents' speeches... some of the fathers of the bride ones are the best ones I have heard!

So if you want to include it, go for it!

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for all the weddings I've been to, usually the parents speeches are pretty generic, if a sibling is speaking sometimes they can do the "parents speech" to many speeches makes the evening too long for the guests. no open mike option

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Originally Posted by whatsup View Post

 

for all the weddings I've been to, usually the parents speeches are pretty generic, if a sibling is speaking sometimes they can do the "parents speech" to many speeches makes the evening too long for the guests. no open mike option

Yes, exactly. And while I don't think it'll be an issue at my wedding as my parents and his aren't really big on lengthy speeches, I have been to weddings where the parents speeches were the longest and held up the rest of the night. 

 

I guess I'll ask the parents and see if they want to makes speeches. Maybe no one does and it'll make it easy on me. :)

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Originally Posted by cinnagirl View Post

 

Yes, exactly. And while I don't think it'll be an issue at my wedding as my parents and his aren't really big on lengthy speeches, I have been to weddings where the parents speeches were the longest and held up the rest of the night. 

 

I guess I'll ask the parents and see if they want to makes speeches. Maybe no one does and it'll make it easy on me. :)

 

 

My ceremony is at 1:00pm and reception not until 6:30.  This is not my first choice.  I really wanted it to be later in the day, but that is not an option.  Anyone have any insight on timelines for this scenerio?  It would be helpful.  Not sure what to do with the time inbetween!  Don't want "the party" starting too early!

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Originally Posted by PuntaBride View Post

 

 

 

My ceremony is at 1:00pm and reception not until 6:30.  This is not my first choice.  I really wanted it to be later in the day, but that is not an option.  Anyone have any insight on timelines for this scenerio?  It would be helpful.  Not sure what to do with the time inbetween!  Don't want "the party" starting too early!

 

You could make a beach day out of it and hang out with your guests by the ocean for the afternoon.  You can wear a bikini that says "just married" and have a margarita toast to your new status. 

 

Or, go off with your new husband for some alone time and let your guests fend for themselves for a few hours.  They're in paradise, they'll be just fine.  If you're really worried about them being bored, you could ask your maid-of-honor / best-man to plan a group activity for the afternoon. 

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Originally Posted by cinnagirl View Post

 

I like the idea of speeches in bits and pieces between the dinner courses. Is anyone's parents making speeches? This is a common thing at the local weddings I've been to, but I don't seem to see any parent speeches on these timelines (unless I totally missed it). Is this different with DWs?

I think my parents (Dad) will still want to do a speech at the reception.  I'm from TX, and even though it's a DW, traditions die hard!  Haha.  Since my parents are "hosting", I'm sure they will want to say welcome, thank you for coming, etc.

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I had a hard time deciding my reception timeline at first. We are not very traditional and want it to be casual and not dragged out with speeches and traditional elements of a reception (especially since we only have 3 hours for the reception!) Here is what I have so far:

 

7:00-7:15- Bride & Groom entrance & greetings (no wedding party entrance)

7:15-8:15- 4 course served dinner *speeches/toasts in between courses (very short and minimal)

8:15- First dance

8:20- Father/daughter dance

8:25- Mother/son dance

8:30- Tribute song to parents

8:35-9:00- Dancing & fun!

9:00-9:10- Cut cake

9:10-10:00- More dancing & fun!

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