Wedding receptions are often the most anticipated portion of a nuptial event, and it’s no wonder why; it will probably be the only time that all of your closest friends and family from both sides will gather in one place. As Mr. Eggplant described, we had a captive audience, which he took full advantage of.
Part I: Primped and Prettied | Part II: The Dashing Gents | Part III: The Wedding Duds + A Suite Switcheroo | Part IV: The Threads, and How They Unravel! | Part V: Meet ’n Greet | Part VI: Ceremoniously Wed | Part VII: Wedding Portraits | Part VIII: Down to the Details
After cocktail hour, the guests were seated and the bridal party waited outside of the reception room to be introduced. Our best man planned a big entrance, which involved downing a beer and throwing a long pass.
Tip for a setting the tone for a fun wedding: Get your bridal party into party mode! As the bridal party goes, so will the wedding reception. We were lucky that our bridal party was willing to dance their way into the room. Mr. Eggplant also wrote a quick blurb about each person so that our MC could introduce everyone with something fun and witty.
Our BM/MOH went long for their intro, with the football heading straight for our wedding cake!
We waited anxiously in the courtyard for our turn.
Then, Kevin (our MC) announced us, and we “danced” our way into the reception, if you could even call this dancing. Mr. Eggplant looks like he’s pushing a shopping cart, while I’m preparing to place a fruit into it.
We went right into our first dance, a good opener, since guests won’t dance at a reception until the bride and groom have done the honors.
Brian (our BM) gave the most hilarious BM speech ever. First, he shared how he and Mr. Eggplant would have nightly conversations on the phone until 3am, until he realized that it was abnormal for male buddies to chit chat that much. I guess it must’ve been guy love? Consequently, he also serenaded Mr. Eggplant with the song from Scrubs, Guy Love. HILARIOUS.
Next up: My dad! He wrote such a funny, touching speech! People told me it was the best father-of-the-bride toast ever. Papa Eggplant is a really good speaker. He used to be terrified of public speaking, until he joined Toastmasters. Eventually, conquered his fear and even won Toastmaster of the Year!
Once the main courses were almost done, our MC played our slideshow, on which Mr. Eggplant had spent many long hours arranging. He thought carefully about his captive audience while preparing the funny video.
The reaction was unanimous: our guests loved all the dorky pictures of the Eggplants’ awkward adolescent phases. Tip for a successful slideshow: the more embarrasing the picture, the funnier the slideshow!
I, on the other hand, was regretting that I gave Mr. Eggplant access to my high school yearbooks.
But, I had no time to be shy; we had a cake to cut, a bouquet to toss, and dancing shoes to break in! Next up: the final Eggplant wedding recap!