a phiLOVEdelphia story: Let’s Get It Started

After our first dance, guests joined us on the white dance floor to boogie. Jellyroll kicked things off with “I Want You Back.

All photos are by Philip Gabriel Photography.


The rockin’ band (notice the men wearing blue to coordinate with our colors!)


I warned you that most of my dance photos included an open mouth…

Now, we had a bit of a unique schedule for the wedding. The following was the order of events following our first dance:

  • Dancing
  • Toast: Father of Bride
  • Appetizer
  • Toast: Maid of Honor
  • Toast: Best Man
  • A little more dancing
  • Salad
  • Groom and Mother Dance
  • Bride and Father Dance
  • Some more dancing
  • Main Course

You can see that things were broken up over the evening with lots of dancing mixed in (including over two hours uninterrupted at the end of the night). It was a bit different from anything that Mr. Turkey and I had experienced during our extensive wedding “experience,” but we trusted the recommendation from the Rittenhouse. It seemed to pay off, too, as we have received numerous compliments from guests on the “flow.”

Brother Turkey breaks it down…
…and then gets showed up!

Instead of posting in the exact order of the evening, I plan to group together entries that make the most sense—like all the food, all the speeches, etc.

However, instead of making this the world’s shortest post ever, I’ll close with a few more pictures of our family and friends enjoying the music!

Dancers of all ages
Say heyyyyyyy
I have some really questionable dance moves.
No idea what’s going on here, but we LOVE this picture of Mr. Turkey’s cousin and aunt.
Amazing. Just amazing.

How did you schedule your reception events? Did anyone else break things up?


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Mrs. Turkey

Wedding Date:
May 2012
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  1. Member
    moderndaisy 6691 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:52 am

    LOVE Jellyroll. My guests are still raving about them 2 years later!

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 11:04 am

    We just attended my cousin’s wedding in DC, and they also broke up the flow of the evening into dance-dinner-dance etc. I really enjoyed it.

  3. castle Member
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:19 am

    I like the idea of breaking up the flow. We, like you, followed the advice of our venue and went with what they recommended on evening order.

  4. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:53 am

    I would love to go to a wedding that broke up the flow a bit more, most of the weddings I’ve been to follow a specific pattern, which can be monotonous! Your dancing looks like so much fun!

  5. mstoadstool Member
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:11 pm

    We’ve think of a similar schedule, because it’s the way things are done here, you get some dancing, then dinner, then more dancing, then the tosses, maybe a speech and then more dancing.

  6. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:45 pm

    I have never been to a wedding that had a really great band. Yours looks so fun!

  7. coyote Member
    coyote 1933 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:06 pm

    Bahahaha, LOVE dancing photos. Everyone looks like they’re having a great time!

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    purpeley 84 posts, Worker bee @ 9:13 pm

    That’s such an interesting idea for the flow of the wedding! I’ll have to keep that in mind. Did the guests seem to mind getting up to dance in between the salad an the main course? Also, I think I’ve named Mr. Turkey’s Aunt’s dance ‘The typewriter’.

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:17 am

    I’ve never heard of a wedding being separated like that! It’s definitely interesting. Our guests would be so pissed if we tried to stop-and-start the dancing and I think it would even annoy FI and me – we’re totally doing everything at the beginning and leaving the rest of the night to dancing, drinking, mingling, etc. I’d love to attend a wedding with something similar to yours, though!

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 4:40 pm

    @moderndaisy: They really are awesome!

    @Miss Bracelet: It was different, but such a great idea. Kept you “fresh” :)

    @Mrs. Castle: That’s the way to do it…the venue knows what works best, right!?!

    @Mrs. Pony: We had SO much fun dancing. I hope to attend another wedding where the schedule is like ours. No waiting for food!

    @Mrs. Sunhat: Bands and DJs are both fun – in different ways!

    @Mrs. Coyote: Oh, we have some gems in an upcoming post

    @purpeley: We were a little nervous, but people actually LOVED the schedule and have been telling us so over the last few months. There was also music during courses (slower songs), so if people finished eating, they could hit the dance floor.

    And *perfect* name for the dance move. It’s official.

    @StephK527: Yeah it’s not for everyone, but with a wedding that went into the late night, it kept guests from getting too full and tired 😉

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 11:41 am

    @Mrs. Turkey: Definitely makes sense! :) I think that’s why a lot of couples are doing it in chunks, like everything at once versus the traditional ‘speeches go here’, ‘cake cutting here’, etc. Whatever works for everyone! I love how personalized you and Mr. Turkey made this and how elegant it remained.

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    her.royal.redness 12 posts, Newbee @ 7:08 pm

    Mrs. Turkey, if you ever get the opportunity I’d love to hear a bit more detail about the “flow” and schedule of events for the evening :)

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