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A Fun Wedding Needs a Great Host

The 2 months I had to prepare for the wedding were spent scouring the internet for tips and ides.  Thanks to a number of wedding blogs I chanced upon, hubby and I had a wealth of ideas to choose from.  I noticed though that when it came to the actual wedding reception, there wasn’t much material online.  We used a mix of the tips and through the help of our able and lively emcee, my sister and bestfriend, Dr. Kaye Parreno (now Parreno-Bautista), we came up with a program that we though would inspire our guests to unwind and just enjoy.  A special thanks goes out also to my other sister Mimin, who was the “sous chef” of Kaye.

In the spirit of giving back, I’m posting the draft of our wedding reception program to serve as reference for brides to be…

DINNER RECEPTION Program and Script

By Kaye Parreno

Call to Order

NOTE: Test microphone before speaking.

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. May I have your attention please. We are about to begin our Dinner Reception so please find a seat and make yourself comfortable.

Let us begin this celebration with a prayer to be led by __________. Let us all stand, bow down our heads and put ourselves in the presence of God. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Opening Prayer by __________

Heavenly Father,

Love has been your richest and greatest gift to this world.
Love between a man and a woman which matures into marriage.
Today, we celebrate that love.
Lord for the joy of this occasion, we thank You.
For Your presence here and now and at all times, we thank You.
Protect, guide, and bless Raymund and Val and everyone present here.
Surround us with Your love now and always.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Welcome Address

A pleasant evening to everyone!  Welcome to the celebration fo Raymund and Valerie’s Greatest Day Ever.  This beach is indeed a fitting setting for our newlyweds as we mark the beginning of their life together.  So sit, down, enjoy the cool breeze, and enjoy the rest of the evening.

I am Kaye, the Maid of Honor, and your host for the night.  We thank you all for gracing this occasion, especially those who took a leave of absence from work or school, and those who have traveled miles just to be with us today.  In behalf of Raymund and Val, and their proud parents, I would like to express heartfelt gratitude for your presence tonight.  It is indeed a pleasure to have you all here.

Introduction and Acknowledgments

Parents of the Newlyweds

Before anything else, we would like to acknowledge the persons who took a great part of this joyous affair.  For without their support, this even would not have been made possible.  Ladies and Gentlement, it is with great pleasure to introduce to you the Parents of the Bride, Mr and Mrs. Joe and Carmen Parreno.

(Optional:  description of parents?)

And of course, let us get to know the Parents of the Groom.  Friends, let us give a big hand to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron and Nora Alova.  (Optional:  description of parents?)

Principal Sponsors

We would also like to acknowledge our Principal Sponsors.  Starting off with the ladies..

  • __________________ – description
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So there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, our most distinguished set of principal sponsors.  A Round of applause!  Thank you Sir and Madam, for taking time out to be with us.

Family and Friends

A wedding brings two people and their families together.  It refreshes the family ties and friendship that have gone stale and almost forgotten against the toll of time and distance.  For this allow me to give a very special welcome to the families and friends who traveled away from home to be here.

From the Bride’s Side:

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____

From the Groom’s Side:

  1. _____
  2. _____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. _____

Also with us here togight, it is our pleasure to have Rev _____________, our officiating priest for the wedding ceremony.

So I guess that’s about it.

Entrance of the Bridal Party

At this point, I assume everyone has settled down. May I request our lovely cousin _____ (Manang Grace?) to please facilitate the welcoming party for our newlyweds.

Background Music:  __________________

Description – voice over/MC

  • Flower Girls:
    • ______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
  • Bearers
    • Bible:_______________  Description:
    • Coin:_______________  Description:
    • Ring:_______________  Description:
  • Secondary sponsors
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
  • Groomsmen + Bridesmaids
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:
  • Best man + Maid of Honor
    • _______________  Description:
    • _______________  Description:


GRAND ENRANCE OF BRIDE & GROOM

Tonight calls for a grand celebration and it is my distinct pleasure to introduce to you for the very first time Raymund and Valerie as husband and wife.  So without further ado, let us all rise and give our warmest welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Raymund and Valerie Alova!

(Newlyweds enter the hall)

(Grand entrance of the couple with effects like bubble and fog and confetti?)

(Spotlight on the couple)

BRIDAL PARTY DANCE: Music: Marry Me song c/o Mimin

- Whew!  What an opening number!  Excitement and positive energy are already starting to brew in this splendid beach wedding party, and that’s only the beginning!

To facilitate the official opening of this night’s event, a few words will be given by the Groom’s Parents.  May I request Tito ______ and Tita  _______ for the opening message.

OPENING MESSAGE:  from Groom’s Parents?

Thank you tita and tito.  Well I guess it’s time.  The food is ready and dinner will commence in a while.  May I call on _________________ to say grace.

GRACE before meals:  Nang Aileen

Just before DINNER

All right, dinner is served.  But not so fast, ladies and gentlemen.  First you have to prove you deserve this sumptuous feast by proving to us all that you know a little something about the Bride and the Groom.  So here’s the mechanics of this little pre-dinner game.  You are grouped according to your table. Each table has a name corresponding to every little adventure Raymund and Valerie have experienced.  I give out a Trivia Question and one member from each table stands up, shouts out the table name, and is given the chance to answer.  If the answer is correct, then congratulations!  Your table gets to approach the buffet table first!  Val, Raymund, you watch out for who stands up first.  If the first answer is wrong, the other tables get a chance to steal.  Ok?  Is that clear enough?  All set?

Now for the first question…

Trivia questions c/o Manang Pech

  • ??? – Congratulations table Corregidor!  To the Buffet Table now! J
  • ???  and so on…

DINNER

May I have your attention please.  While you are eating to your tummy’s content, the newlyweds would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone personally for your presence.  As your table is called, please approach Raymund and Valeie to have your picture taken.  Simultaneously, our beautiful Bridesmaids will be distributing wedding giveaways and passing along the guest book so please stand by in your seats.

-           Souvenir Picture Taking while Background Music: “Favorite Hits”

-          Wedding Giveaways

-          Guest book

Val’s dear friend Dee and her dear boyfriend ______, will now have the chance fill your hearts with songs.  May I call on Dee and ___________, for a lovely serenade.

Thanks u Dee.  Now, may I direct your focus on a little presentation here, prepared by the Bride and Groom, to share with you the simple travels they have shared in their journey of knowing each other

-           AVP:  Video/ powerpoint presentation of Adventures

Thank you for sharing those memorable times with us, Raymund and Val.  Now give us the chance to share something special with you..

-          AVP:  Messages from people who are not present

CAKE cutting by Bride and Groom

Okay.  So are you guys done with the main course?  Ready to go for dessert?  By all means, help yourself.

Speaking of dessert, it’s now time for the traditional Cake Cutting by the Bride and Groom.  Raymund, Valerie, can you guys join me here..

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen.  The cake has been cut.  May I now request the waiters to please serve the cake to our guests.

-          Happy Marriage Secrets.  Each time the guests “cling” their glass for the couple to kiss, the couple would kiss and the MC would have them call on another married couple to share their “secret” to a happy marriage and then kiss.

BOUQUET THROW

-           Mechanics to be clarified further

-          Singled Out Bridal Catch

P.s. It drizzled during dinner.  We didn’t let that dampen our spirits though.  Of course, the chair covers got wet, hence, the “naked” chairs. =)

-          Picture with new “couple”

TOAST and WISHES

A celebration is never complete without a toast and a bottle of good wine.  While the wine is being served and poured, let us hear from the well-wishers who have been a significant part of the lives of the couple, who love them and wish the best for them.  Starting off with:

WISHES

  • Tito Tony:  description
  • Gay:  description

TOAST

Best Man waits for everyone to stand up and see to it that everyone has raised their glasses and says:  (something like)  Here’s to good health, happiness, good luck and prosperity to Raymund and Val! Cheers!

  • all guests are requested to rise and participate
  • what to serve?  Wine?

Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen.  You may now be seated.

GAMES:  Introducing the Game Masters:  Jill and Boogs!

-          Married Couple Statue Dance.  All the married couples at the wedding join the newlyweds  on the dance floor and each couple will be eliminated based on the # of years they’ve been married (the fewest to the most years).

TRIBUTE to parents

Video Presentation:  Tribute


Mother/Son – Father/Daughter Dance followed by FIRST DANCE:  Music: Teenage Dream

It is said that our parents are our first teachers, raising us patiently from childhood to adulthood.  They have been our source of comfort, support and inspiration.

Raymund and Valerie are truly blessed with such wonderful set of parents, and I’m quite sure when it comes to knowing what marriage is all about, hey always have a word or two to share to their children.  We would like to call on the Father (or mother?)  of the Bride, Joe/Carmen Parreno, to say a few words of wisdom.

Thank you, Dad/Mom.  Thank you for that inspiring message.  Now we would like to call on the Father/Mother of the Groom, for words of wisdom that life and experience have taught.

Thank you once again.  Let us give them a big hand for such wonderful and meaningful testimonies.  Tito and Tita, Mom and Dad, this video is for you.

-            Video:  c/o Nong Raymund and Manang Pech

-          (Music plays in the background, and the newlyweds invite their father/mother to dance)

-           Father/daughter and Mother/son dance

BRIDE & GROOM speech

The night and this celebration has almost come to an end but for our newlyweds, it is just a start of their new life together.  As we each go our separate ways, may this day be as memorable for all of us as it is to them.  To personally convey their heartfelt gratitude let us now listen to what Raymund and Valerie have to say..

(After speech, Raymund invites the guests to go by the shore and form a farewell circle)

THE FAREWELL CIRCLE: Raymund and Val go on inside the circle and starting from opposite sides, bids each guest thank you and goodbye until reach each other.

(Everybody hold hands.  Bridesmaids distribute sparklers)  Raymund and Val dances while the sparklers are lit up.

Music fades in from the background: ___________________

Another dance from the couple

EXIT: Golf cart with “Just  Married”

(MC leads the applause as the couple drive away.. Mimin, takes over..)

(People head back to the reception area.)

Well, what an exquisite ending to a beautiful day.  We have finally reached the end of our program, ladies and gentlemen.  It has been momentous, sharing this evening with you all.  Again, thanks for coming.  God bless, and enjoy the rest of the night.

MIMIN takes over and the DANCING BEGINS!

— Open Ending—


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