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|Wedding Reception Events|
Wedding Reception Events
Most wedding receptions include some traditional events or ceremonies. You can choose which to include or not to include; here's a list of the main possibilities.
Head Table: The head table is where you'll sit. Most couples include their wedding party at the head table, but you can choose to sit alone if you like to. (Couples sitting alone happens in about 10% of the weddings we attend.) The head table should be in a prominent location so guests can see you. If you're sitting at a long table, you and your spouse will sit in the center, the best man will be next to the groom, the maid of honor next to the bride, and the ushers and bridesmaids alternating outwards from there. If you have children in your wedding party, they typically will sit with their parents.
First Toast: If you have a receiving line, once you're seated it's customary to have the first toast. The first toast is normally made by the best man. Others can then follow if they choose. While it's traditional for the first toast to be held at this point in the reception, many couples choose to have the first toast later.
Opening Dances: You and your bride have the First Dance. Once completed, you may choose to have the bride dance with her father and the groom with his monther. Then you can expand the dancing to your wedding party or whoever else you like. More than half the time the couple does a First Dance and then opens the floor up to everyone, so don't feel like you have to have other dances (but you certainly can if you want).
Cake Cutting: Normally held after dinner, the cake cutting ceremony is when you'll, well, cut the cake. Once you've cut the cake and fed a bite to each other, your service staff will handle cutting the cake and serving it.
Bouquet and Garter Toss: While many couples have eliminated this event, a lot still find it to be fun. The bride performs the bouquet toss first, followed by the groom's removal of her garter and then his toss. At some weddings, the man who caught the garter places it on the woman who caught the bouquet, but this event is by no means common. (Although it can be a lot of fun to watch depending on who caught each item.)
If you're trying to streamline your reception, consider ordering your events this way: