If you have never been to a wedding, or just want to know what to expect at a wedding reception read below.
THE FIRST HOUR
The guests will already be at the wedding reception. You will have appointed a person to act as your MC for the day. This person is the timekeeper of the day and lets guests know the format of the wedding, i.e. what is happening and when. They run the reception, providing information and introducing speeches. The MC will make sure your day flows nicely and keeps to your time schedule. The master of ceremonies (MC for short) for your wedding should know when the bridal party is due to arrive at the venue from taking their photos. They announce that the bridal party has arrived and guests should be seated or ready if you’re having a stand up reception for the bridal party entrance. The wedding party enter, usually the bridesmaids and groomsmen enter the reception and then lastly the bride and groom. You should ensure that your sound set up is working, whether this is via an ipod or you hire a DJ for your wedding reception.
THE SECOND HOUR
Usually drinks are underway by now and dinner starts to get served. Depending on what you are having, either a sit down meal or canapes or food from a food cart will start to be served. Usually the bridal party will be served their dinner first.
THE THIRD HOUR
Speeches sometimes usually done in the gap between dinner and dessert, to let guests have the chance for their dinner to go down. The cutting of the cake is usually done.
THE FOURTH OR FINAL HOURS
The final hour will be filled with the couples last dance. Any DJ or band will then continue on and guests will start to get up and enjoy dancing.
Use our stress free wedding planning timeline to help you prepare your wedding reception and with your vendors. Natalie Pasco Photography enjoys helping couples with a timeline of events at the initial planning stages and discussing your overall wedding day at your pre wedding consultation.
The first bit of this video shows some great wedding day hacks.
It may not be that common in New Zealand, because a lot of Kiwis are DIY when it comes to wedding planning, however if you don’t want to worry then how do you go about finding the best New Zealand wedding planners?
If you want the perfect wedding, yet don’t want to deal with all the stress, details and responsibility, or just don’t have the time to organise the wedding yourself, then a wedding planner can eliminate all that stress for you.
You, as the bride (or groom) can control how much you want the planner to do. Wedding planners or sometimes called day coordinators can organise all the vendors, book them and then coordinate on the day of the wedding so you don’t have to be bothered when the flowers arrive, where the ceremony should be set up, whether there’s going to be a knife to cut the cake. The planner will arrange all of the small details that you haven’t even thought of and pre-empt any problems or challenges faced.
Wedding Planners are also called wedding consultants or coordinators, wedding planners are the bride’s right hand down to every detail in the ceremony and reception. She can be there the moment after the ring is on the finger to the last guest at the reception. The bride has the choice to give as much or as little responsibility to the planner as she desires.
But how do you know if you should hire a wedding planner? Here are a few examples where a wedding planner can help:
1. The wedding planner alleviates stress for the bride, yet keeps the bride involved so that she knows the details on how her day will be.
2. Your wedding planner will have contacts and may be able to get you a special deal with suppliers. They will know your budget, and stick to how much you want to spend on each area of your wedding.
3. A wedding planner will be flexible to create the wedding of your dreams, but also assist you with what may be better options for you to consider.
4. If you are from another country, hiring a wedding planner will give you the inside knowledge on the area and be able to work with suppliers in current time zones.
5. When choosing a wedding planner, ask them what their type of wedding would be to see if you share a similar style. Ask to see examples of their work so you can view previous weddings they have coordinated.
A Google search will get you all your local wedding planners in your area.
Are you looking for bridesmaid’s dresses?
Wedding planning can be stressful. Organising all the details for the wedding, choosing bridesmaids and then picking out the dresses for them. Bridesmaids dresses can be very expensive. Work out your budget for them.
First decide on the theme and colour palette for your wedding. Make sure that the bridesmaids dresses will match with the groomsmen’s chosen colour palette. It can be very hard to buy bridesmaids dresses in a particular colour and then not be able to find the right shade for the groomsmen.
Shop around for end of season deals, they may be last year’s colours, but perfect for your wedding theme.Make sure the style of the dress suits all your bridesmaids. Some of your girls may be shorter or taller and not suit a particular style. Narrow down the styles you like and then take the girls along to try out and decide on their perfect option.
They don’t all have to match either. You could go with bridesmaid’s dresses that don’t match at all. Or decide to put the girls all in jumpsuits. You have a lot of choice.
If you are ordering off Wish or Aliexpress, make sure you check reviews to save yourself a lot of heartache and look at the photos from customers who have previously purchased. Make sure you also allow plenty of time for shipping. Sometimes the couriers can take a lot longer than expected.
To help you start, some online shops can be found here