How Many Traditions Should You Include In Your Reception?

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Hosting your wedding reception calls for you to make choices about what everyone will eat and drink, what to offer for dessert, and putting the right entertainment in place. In many ways, you can think of a reception as a traditional party, albeit one where you happen to be wearing some unusually fancy attire! However, there are certain moments during a reception that are unique to this particular event. The first dance, the bouquet toss, and the wedding toasts are some of the key events people expect to see during a celebration. Of course, you have control over your event, and you can decide what to include (or not), and when certain events should take place. While you are certainly allowed to break from tradition, doing so may catch some of your guests by surprise.

Planning Your First Dance

Your first dance can be sentimental or fun, and safe or challenging, depending on what your comfort levels are with this moment. For some couples, the first dance can lead to some nervousness, while others hope to use this tradition to create an unforgettable moment for their guests. Simply put, if you prefer to be conservative with your dance, no one will hold it against you, though you should take time to practice even if you keep it simple. If you want to do something more ambitious, take into account how your wedding attire may alter your movements before you commit to moves that are more challenging than you expect.

Making Time For Your Bouquet Toss

The bouquet toss and the garter toss are popular moments during a wedding, though couples can skip the garter toss, or both traditions. If you have a small wedding with a small number of single guests, feel free to let this go – your single friends can appreciate not having a crowd of couples watching them in this moment! However, if you have a larger wedding, and no shortage of single guests, it can create a crowd-pleasing moment.

Making Arrangements For Your Wedding Toasts

Traditionally, the wedding toasts are given by the fathers of the couple, the best man, and the maid or matron of honor. If you want someone else to join in, this is certainly allowed! Make sure you give people advance notice before toasts begin, especially if you are offering glasses of champagne to accompany the toasts. Hosting the toasts shortly after cake slices are handed out can ensure people are already looking to sit down, so you have less need to corral people before this moment.

Texas Old Town Can Offer A Wonderful Space For Your Reception!

In addition to creating gorgeous outdoor spaces for couples to use for their wedding ceremonies, Texas Old Town also offers lovely and accommodating reception areas. We are proud to provide a setting for your premiere Austin wedding experience, and we provide a great spot for a corporate event or other special event. To schedule a tour of our event venue in Kyle, TX, call our office today at 512-396-1800 orĀ complete our online contact form.