Saturday, March 13, 2010
Provide your DJ or master of ceremonies with a detailed timeline of your reception.
Instruct your servers, in advance, to start pouring champagne for the toast as soon as the family and bridal party introductions are made.
Upon your entrance into the reception hall, you should immediately move into your first dance, followed by father/daughter, and mother/son dances.
By the time your first dances have ended, your servers should be finished pouring champagne, and the person(s) giving the toast should begin speaking immediately.
Instruct your DJ to announce the food directly after the toast.
After people have had a chance to eat and mingle for a comfortable amount of time, your DJ should announce dancing, or your chosen alternative activity.
Cake cutting, bouquet toss, and garter toss should occur approximately 3/4ths of the way into your reception, and at least 30 minutes prior to the departure of your photographer and videographers if they were not hired to cover the entire reception.
Note: the best time for your photographer and videographers to eat is when the bride, groom, and bridal party receive their food. This way they will be finished and ready to capture the next thing to take place in time. Usually only 15 or 20 minutes would be required, and cameras would be kept handy in case anything important happened during this time.
Be sure to get plenty of rest on the days and nights leading up to the wedding.
Set aside the day or two before the wedding day as spa days.
A well rested bride and groom, are a happy bride and groom, and it shows in your photographs.
Make sure to eat good food on and before your wedding day. If you do not eat enough food, your blood sugar level will probably be out of balance, and you will likely feel tired, anxious, irritable, or edgy. It’s super easy to avoid this. Just eat!