Wedding Reception Planning Guide
Wedding Ceremony Music: We offer musicians, vocalists, and even sound system options specifically designed for ceremonies so you can have any of these features included for your ceremony.
Cocktail & Dinner Music: We have several options available so we can provide anything that you would like for this part of the evening.
Wedding Party Introductions? If so, we'll prepare wedding party names (paired up and in order).
Welcome Speech? Usually performed by the bride's father and mother or both sets of parents. Most often this speech is delivered by the bride's parents and the groom's parents deliver their speech earlier at the rehearsal dinner.
Toasts? Who and when? Near the end of dinner works best but anything can be done here.
First dance: What song?
Father/Bride Dance? Will the bride dance with her father? What song?
Mother/Groom Dance? Will the groom dance with his mother? What song?
Garter and/or Bouquet Toss? Both, one, none?
Special Requests? Any ethnic traditions we should know about?
Music: Any particular songs or styles of music you would like performed (or avoided)?
Just a word about receiving lines: They work best at the church where the guests are more or less forced to keep their trip through the line brief and their conversation short. At the reception where the atmosphere is relaxed and casual, guests take a longer time to pass through. The lines last longer than anticipated and it pushes the timeline back resulting in a later dinner and less time on the dance floor. You'll be visiting with your guests during the cocktail hour and if you make it a quick meet-and-greet, you'll see everyone. Also, you'll have an opportunity to finish your meal and then walk around the room together as husband & wife and speak to guests at each table. That works well to personalize your conversation with each guest on a table-by-table visit.