Did ya miss part 1 of our wedding reception? If so, go back and check it out! If you’re all caught up then you’re in the right place 🙂
Immediately following the best man and maid of honor speeches it was time to eat.. FINALLY! I was STARVING by the time we sat down. Hah! One of the most common tips I was told before the wedding was to make sure to eat a good breakfast and lunch on the day of. I nibbled on a couple things as we were getting ready, but was having such a blast that I didn’t even realize that I needed something more substantial. Having fun sure does take a lot out of a girl!
After Will and I finished our meals, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of our guests for coming.
I almost started tearing up– It was so overwhelming to have so many important people in one room at the same time. We were so grateful for everyone who traveled from California, other parts of Florida and even their nearby homes to spend an evening celebrating with us. As Will and I looked out to the tables full of so many close friends and family, I remember thinking that this type of get-together would probably never happen again. It was truly the best day of my life!
Next up, cake time 🙂
Cutting the cake was one of the most awkward yet hilarious memories I have of our wedding day. The photographer basically gave Will and I private play-by-play instructions before handing us the knife that went a little something like this—“Hold the knife together, look up, smile, cut the cake, look up, smile, pick up the slice, smile, put it on the plate, look up, smile, give each other a taste, look up, smile, kiss.”
Telling us such specific instructions made me SO CONFUSED! Instead of just cutting the cake and giving each other a taste, we were so focused on doing specifically what he said in that order. We were both cracking up and I was making all kind of sound effects and wacky expressions the entire time!
After all of the guests sat down and enjoyed their cake, it was time for some other fun wedding activities! This included the bouquet toss–
I have a terrible throwing arm. Don’t judge me 😉
We also played a game called “Dance That Tune” which included having three different volunteers stand up in the middle of the dance floor one by one and try to dance the correct moves to three recognizable songs. Once each of the dancers have gone, the crowd votes on the winner.
Although a couple people advised us not to include games in our reception because it would take away from the dancing time, I’m so happy we did! Willl and I got such a kick out of watching the players, and I really think everyone else enjoyed it too!
The recognizable dance songs we used were It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones (The Carlton Banks dance) which was danced to by our friends Lizzy and Sam (they wanted to be a team)
Sugarhill Gang’s Apache (Jump On It) which was performed by one of Will’s groomsmen, Albert–
And last but definitely not least, Will’s uncle proudly performed The Twist by Chubby Checker. He got REALLY into it and definitely deserved the $10 Starbucks gift card he won!
His California fan club—haha!
After dinner, cake, games, speeches, and toasts, it was finally time to DANCE! Woohoo!
FYI—my husband does a meannnn Michael Jackson 😉
I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that our wedding day was literally the best day of my life. Leading up to it, I had moments of nervousness about everything turning out “right”. I got worried about the music, my dress, my makeup, the guest list, the flowers, the schedule. I think as a bride, it’s natural to feel pressure coming at you from all sides when trying to plan a major event like this– But at the end of the day it was all just STUFF. At the end of the day, the only thing that mattered was my husband, our friends and family, and all the love in the room. Nobody cared about the little details, everyone was there to CELEBRATE.
And that my friends, is what I consider a promising start to the rest of our lives 🙂
Read about our honeymoon here!
Have you ever planned a wedding? What was the best wedding you’ve ever been to?