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#11 Mangosong

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 07:29 PM

@Lia33 We will definitely skipping the bouquet and garter toss. Not my thing.

Not sure about the dances. I fee like my father would love to do it (he loves to dance), but SO's mother died ten years ago. He's close with his aunt, but I don't know he'd want to dance with her.

Also, (traditionally for my family/culture), we do cocktail hour first, then the ceremony, and then the reception. So, I want to do this, but not sure if it's going to work out. I kind of want to skip the speeches too... we'll see.



#12 calgarybride2015

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 07:32 PM

@Lia33 We will definitely skipping the bouquet and garter toss. Not my thing.
Not sure about the dances. I fee like my father would love to do it (he loves to dance), but SO's mother died ten years ago. He's close with his aunt, but I don't know he'd want to dance with her.
Also, (traditionally for my family/culture), we do cocktail hour first, then the ceremony, and then the reception. So, I want to do this, but not sure if it's going to work out. I kind of want to skip the speeches too... we'll see.


With my family a cocktail hour before ceremony = a lot of tipsy and/or drink people at the ceremony. Scary! Hehe


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#13 tygrrlily

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 03:38 PM

We're keeping some stuff traditional because I want it to still resemble a wedding reception

 

We're going to have an MC, do intros, speeches, cake cutting and a first dance.  I'm actually looking forward to speeches because our best man is hilarious and I know he'll kill it. And I think we'll try to do 1-2 games.  I always ilke the shoe game, so maybe something like that during dinner while people are eating

 

 We're taking out the garter/bouquet toss because I always hate that part, and we're not doing the mother/father dance because we want to get right into the party :)


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#14 calgarybride2015

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 03:40 PM

@tygrrlily, what is the shoe game and such?

I think I have an idea, is that where the MC (or anyone) asks questions and you hold up your shoe to answer?

That sounds like fun.


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#15 tygrrlily

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 03:43 PM

@calgarybride2015 - Yes, it's when the bride and groom sit back to back each with 1 of the other person's shoe. The MC asks different questions, and the bride and groom hold up the shoe that answers the question (or sometimes both!).  

 

I've seen it get risque and fun with audience involvement (people asking questions) and I've always enjoyed watching it


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#16 calgarybride2015

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Posted 15 October 2014 - 03:47 PM

@calgarybride2015 - Yes, it's when the bride and groom sit back to back each with 1 of the other person's shoe. The MC asks different questions, and the bride and groom hold up the shoe that answers the question (or sometimes both!).  

 

I've seen it get risque and fun with audience involvement (people asking questions) and I've always enjoyed watching it

 

That would be fun!  Wonder if our MC would arrange something like that - or a BM who can tell the MC to do it haha!


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Posted 15 October 2014 - 09:24 PM

We are also doing a MS and FD dances at the same time. We are not doing a garder toss as I have never liked the idea of my husband removing my lingerie in front of our families and then sharing it with his friends.......

We really want to do the shoe game, but I'm not sure who to ask to do it. We are using the DJ as our MC but I think someone who knowsnus would be a better choice.

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Posted 16 October 2014 - 10:35 AM

@Mangosong I never thought about doing the cocktail hour before the ceremony! I'm intrigued. So you and your groom are at the reception mingling before the ceremony? Do you still walk down the aisle? Or how does the transition to the ceremony go?

 

We were planning to walk out together for the ceremony anyway (and definitely planned to see each other first) and I really want to be at my cocktail hour, so I'm wondering if we should do it this way.



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Posted 16 October 2014 - 12:19 PM

That would be fun!  Wonder if our MC would arrange something like that - or a BM who can tell the MC to do it haha!

 

I set up/ran this game when I was Maid of Honor in my sister's wedding - SO much fun!  It's probably the only "game" we'll do at our reception, unless my sister finds some other ones.  Limited time with the photographer, and I want to make sure we get everything in so we can DANCE after!


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#20 Mangosong

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 04:28 PM

@beckys98 You still walk down the aisle!

 

The groom and I don't see each other yet, but we do mingle. He's in a separate room/area with the men (women can visit him as well, but it's usually a bro show). Meanwhile, the bride is sitting in a chair (veil not down yet), think throne-like, and everyone comes to her. Says hey, etc.

 

Guests are eating and drinking during all of this.

 

Then the "bro show" walks (more like dancing) the groom in to where the bride is. Groom puts the veil over her face and the "bro show" takes him outside. The guests go into the ceremony area, gets themselves settled, etc. Then, groomsman walk. Then groom (usually with both parents). Then bridesmaids. Then Bride (also with both parents).

 

My SO was so against this whole notion of cocktail hour first... until I took him to a wedding. He LOVED it. Then we went to a catholic wedding, with a full mass. The bride was an hour and half late to the ceremony. He decided right then and there we HAD to do it with cocktail first.

 

I think there are definitely ways for you to do cocktail hour first, and then the ceremony. I think it's nice, because you get some food in you first. If I can help in any way, let me know!







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