3. Signing of the registry - playing music
Suggestions for Receptions
– Load up your iPod or laptop with some playlists and let your friends run the sounds – great if you want to save on a band or a DJ.
– A cordless mic is recommended for the speeches.
– Stage lighting creates atmosphere – for example, mirror balls, up lights, walls of fairy lights - we can supply ideas and equipment.
– A DVD about the bride and groom played during dinner is becoming more popular – some have quite high production levels.
– A floor show – we once saw an Elvis impersonator at a reception – the guests loved it!
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Weddings mistakes to avoid – just our opinion from having supplied hundreds of weddings .
1. Don't make the ceremony too short. Guests may have come long distances and dressed in their best, and elderly people put quite a bit of effort into getting ready – but after what seems like just a few minutes the ceremony is all over! So, make it longer, more romantic and more interesting with poems, songs, extended vows, have an MC to chat and welcome people, pass an object around for all to hold and bless - things like that.
A celebrant with some personality who can ad lib helps, although, over-confident professional MCs with corny jokes should be avoided.
2. Have a refreshing non-alcohol drink for guests as they arrive, served by waiters or friends. The guests can relax and mingle before the ceremony, and have some light music playing or an acoustic duo. Background music during the registry signing is also a good idea.
3. Don't have a reception in a space larger than the number of quests arriving. Big spaces like community halls and clubrooms that are only half full have no intimacy – curtain it off, ask more guests or find a smaller space.
4. The bride and groom should not help clean up after the reception, we see it happen too often - just waltz off like stars and get your adoring friends to do it.
5. Don't let the possibility of rain change your outdoor plans unless it's obviously a stormy day. In Auckland usually it only showers for a little while – it's exciting, just go ahead saying 'we're not going to let a little rain ruin our day', if you change all your plans the sun will definitely come out. Wind is a different matter, exposed places can get gusty - remember to use weights to hold gazebos and the table cloth on the signing table.
6. We think employing a professional wedding planner is worth it. We recommend Cover Decoration Hire for the complete creative look.
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