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#1 JanineA

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    Posted 29 July 2010 - 05:11 AM

    Sorry if there is already another thread with this but I searched and couldn't find one. My dj just asked me what is the format of my reception and I have no clue. I was thinking something as follows:

     

    Arrival of guests

    Intro of Bridal Party

    Intro of Newlyweds

    Dinner (during dinner have the speeches by MOH and Best Man and toasts)

    First Dance

    Bride/Father Dance

    Groom/Mother Dance

    Cake Cutting

    Everyone get down and boogy

     

    What are you ladies doing? What is your format going to look like? I have been to 6 weddings already for the year and sadly I can't even remember what the format was like. I was just at two on Saturday alone....lol. I'm attending another one this Saturday, perhaps I will pay better attention. Would love to hear your thoughts though.



    #2 JanineA

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      Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:03 AM

      *bump*



      #3 MsSmithtobe

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        Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:09 AM

        I'm doing the same order..



        #4 lyndsay_h

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          Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:30 AM

          I think ours will be in the same order.  Though we don't have a dj so I don't know who really controls the flow of things...



          #5 JanineA

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            Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:32 AM

            Lyndsay_h are you using an ipod? Who will be controlling the music for your ipod, another family member or someone from the resort?



            #6 lyndsay_h

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              Posted 03 August 2010 - 08:50 AM

              We'll have an ipod.  I'm trying to get all the playlists in the order they need to be played, then I think we'll ask a friend to watch over it, change playlists when they need it.  I'm not sure about playing music for the ceremony though. 



              #7 jenngene2011

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                Posted 03 August 2010 - 05:56 PM

                Well in my experience with weddings.  I used to work as a bridal assistant and ran weddings at a Banquet facilities here in NJ.  The following is the basic format:

                 

                Guest get seated for the reception

                Parents get introduced

                Bridal party gets introduced and usually lined up in formation for an arc

                Bride and Groom get introduced

                immediately following First dance first course is either out on table or is being served

                right after the father daughter dance

                Than the second course comes out

                speeches start

                than the main course any final speeches or videos to show the guests are done during this while everyone is eating

                than it's time to partyyyyyyyyyyyy

                than a break for cake(if you are cutting cake)/Garter and Bouquet Toss

                Dessert and more PARTY

                 

                The main reason we did the parent dances in the beginning were for several reasons one was ALCOHOL either for you, your parent or the guests.  Nothing ruins an intimate moment as someone falling in the middle of the dance or shouting cause they are too drunk to think about what they are doing.  Also you want to do all this stuff while everyone is still sober and eating at the tables and not stop the dancing and try to gather everyone to sit at their tables.

                 

                My plan is very simple and are still working on it:  I am most likely not doing parent intro or bridal party

                 

                Bride and Groom intro

                First dance

                (no father daughter dance as I don't have a dad and his passed)

                EAT & drink

                Speech during dinner or earlier

                Cake cutting

                than Dancing the night away

                 

                i am still debating on the garter and bouquet toss.


                Jennifer & Eugene - May 7,2011 Dreams La Romana, Dominican Republic

                #8 Mrs.S2B

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                  Posted 04 August 2010 - 04:41 AM

                  I didn't think I had to plan the order of events....I am hoping the WC will take care of all that. 



                  #9 jenngene2011

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                    Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:52 AM

                    The WC should take care of however since it is a destination wedding and from what I hear they are very busy if you want to keep everything organized and prepared instead of wondering when to do what the day of.  It is good to at least have an idea of what you want.  As soon don't want to do traditional wedding reception stuff.


                    Jennifer & Eugene - May 7,2011 Dreams La Romana, Dominican Republic

                    #10 Cassie

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                      Posted 04 August 2010 - 06:59 AM

                      Our was pretty close to what you posted.  We didn't have a DJ though.  We just used our iPod and I had my cousin run it and introduce what was happening.  It worked out really nicely.

                       

                      Arrival of guests

                      Intro of Bridal Party

                      Intro of Newlyweds

                      Dinner

                      Cake Cutting

                      First Dance

                      Bride/Father Dance

                      Everyone else join in for dancing


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