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What is the one thing people remember the most about a wedding reception?

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We are trying to make our wedding something people will talk about to others. What stands out the most at a wedding reception beside the food? What kind of entertainment do people like the most?

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  1. Silver_Stars on Feb 08, 2011

    I’m sure you want people talking about your wedding in a GOOD way, and not in a "What were they thinking???" kind of way.

    To me, memorable things are:
    – A gracious couple that seems happy to be married and enjoying their celebration. Don’t let stress or mistakes or something going wrong spoil your day. Take a deep breath, squeeze your husband’s hand and move on.

    - A couple that is together at their wedding. Yes, you will need some alone time (like in the bathroom! LOL) but you shouldn’t socialize only with your family and friends and your groom shouldn’t take off with his friends. Remember that you’re there to celebrate your wedding day.

    - A bride, groom and a wedding party that stays sober. Have fun, have a few drinks, but nobody should be getting sloppy drunk (save that till after people have gone home). A little tipsy is fine. Falling down and throwing up on yourself is inappropriate. Appropriateness is key in mixed company – what’s cute at a frat party may not go over so well at a wedding, and keep in mind that this is the first impression you may be making on each other’s extended families.

    - Food. We always remember the food, but my husband and I are really into food and we may notice it more than other people. Still, it was important to us to have quality food and wines at our wedding. We went with fewer, better quality things than a massive array of "stuff"

    - Music. Try to have a good mix – older, newer, faster, slower. A good DJ or band is key, not only for the mix and getting people up dancing, but for controlling the volume as well. Nothing is as painful as blaring music, except maybe an annoying DJ. One that keeps the party going is great, but one that harrasses your guests to get dancing just grates on your nerves

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  2. usmctanker1962 on Feb 08, 2011

    The thing that people remember most, it what went wrong and something always does.

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  3. PreciousLady on Feb 08, 2011

    the thing that i remember the most from the weddings that i have attended are the first dances of the bride and groom. watch dancing with the stars tonight (if you havent already) and get some ideas of what types of dances that the two of you are willing to do. you dont have to do the traditional dances. you can waltz, cha-cha, ramba, or pasa doble. find a teacher and go from there.

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  4. SO In LOVE on Feb 08, 2011

    Definaltey if they had good music. I always remember if it got every on their feet. Its one thing you must have!! SO all your guest will be shaking their bootys on the floor! :)

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  5. greeneyes_bjb on Feb 08, 2011

    People remember entertainment and anything unusual. At our reception, we had a strolling violinist who went to the tables during dinner to take requests. Four months after our wedding, we still have guests telling us how cool and unique it was.

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  6. karenhar on Feb 08, 2011

    A band and the people who get a little tipsy and make you roll with laughter!

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  7. Veiled on Feb 08, 2011

    Most people will remember the tossing of the bouquet and the garter throw. Especially the people doing the catching.

    Also, any form of music will be remembered. If the music is done by a DJ, people will remember. A live band who had a variety of songs so that people can make their favourite requests always goes over well. My favourite wedding had a band that could play nearly all the old favourites.

    Perhaps not the dancing so much. I do remember one dance were the DJ called up all the married and long term couples to dance on the floor. Every 20 seconds or so he called a larger number of years together. If you didn’t meet the requirement, you stepped out. Everyone danced until the longest standing couple was alone.

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  8. saltyspinach on Feb 08, 2011

    I think the DJ/entertainment are key since they sort of set the tone for the evening. Be sure to talk with your DJ before and let him know how wild, or tame, youd like him to be. A real professional can adjust themselves depending on the crowd.

    I like dancing to any music, but I hate the chicken dance and all those other cheesy group dances!

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  9. Marianne T on Feb 08, 2011

    I like a good upscale DJ service. The kind where the DJ shows up in a tuxedo and has all kinds of music for requests. Be sure to tell your hotel you will need a dance floor. Now I don’t mean one of these DJ’s that want to entertain the reception. With the upscale ones, they will introduce the bridal party as they enter and make announcements such as the Father-Bride dance, etc. You are right. Food is important but not as important as the Bride and Groom out there dancing. If they are having a great time so will their guests,

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  10. Haley D on Feb 08, 2011

    The things I remember the most were the love the bride and groom showed for each other. This often came out in their first dance together.

    I love it when the guests get to dance, I went to a wedding once, where all of the guests picked a song when they RSVP’d and the D.J. played a lot of them, that was fun.

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  11. mediahoney on Feb 08, 2011

    What I got the most compliments on reception room. I had three-foot, clear vases surrounded by votives on small mirror tiles. It was an evening wedding. The bouques in vases draped down about 6 inches of the vase. The lights were low. There were small twinkle lights in the ceiling with yards of tulle draped loosely from the ceiling to give the illusion of a starry sky. Roses were tucked in topiaries on the perimeter of the room.

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  12. Heather on Feb 08, 2011

    People’s tastes vary, but they tend to remember if they had a good time. The food and decor can be fabulous, but if the entertainment doesn’t match the crowd or the setting then people are going to remember that they didn’t have a good time.

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  13. ks cowgirl on Feb 08, 2011

    I have read alot on http://www.theknot.com and they say the one thing that couples report they would have spent more time/money on is the reception. What I remember most about my cousins reception was that she danced ALL night and how much fun and how happy the couple looked. Also that the reception was really causal (jeans and nice shirt). Their DJ was awesome. He played 70′s-current music from rock, soul, country. He even played the macarana and the chicken dance. Another thing was the first dance, father daughter dance, and mother son dance. That’s when all eyes are on you again and they are really special.

    Good Luck!! Congradulations!!!!

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  14. Rita D on Feb 08, 2011

    what people remember most about a wedding reception is the Music and how good or bad the DJ or Band is (I’ve never been to a wedding where a band played) and how good the cake is. People remember if the bride and groom do the ever distasteful garter and bouquet throw. If your ethnic have some ethnic music for dinner (marachis or bag piper, examples) something that will stand out.

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  15. Lydia on Feb 08, 2011

    I think they remember if you had a good band, that played a variety of music that all ages could get into and have fun with! It’s always great at a wedding to see the really elderly folks do their amazing waltzes and two-steps – there’s nothing like a couple who has been dancing for 30 years together! Then, lots of polkas, schottisches, etc. for energy and fun. Classic rock just for the fun of it, then the assorted other kinds of music up to contemporary and whatever the couple likes best. People love to dance and watch others dance!

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  16. skip2mylou on Feb 08, 2011

    For me it was the catered food from one of my favourite mexican restaurants here in SA called Picante Grill. The florist centerpieces and the reception place,@ The Witte Museum. Convient enough the caterers at Picante Grill is located right across the street from the Witte. Another reason why I chose them. The catering staff and the bar staff were great. Mostly everybody enjoyed the trio that played for us during the dinner. A local trio here in San Antonio thats known for there spanish/mexican romantic ballads. They were just perfect. The dj and dance was fun. I had fun watching everybody have a good time. Then forget it the time came around for the father-daughter dance and I think I made everybody in my family cry. I was happy with the way everything turned out.

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  17. ron63114 on Feb 08, 2011

    Definitely the entertainment. The bar service can be slow, the food not so good, photographer can be short with you- BUT- if your entertainment is good, it will overshadow everything else and remain the most memorable part of the evening. It’s funny too because people still tend to hire the entertainment LAST and because of that they end up price shopping a DJ or band because they’ve spent their budget on everything else. Completely backwards. Of course, secure the venue first, but then get your DJ! Best of luck to you both!

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