Toadtally Us: From Ceremony to Reception

Entrance? Did we have to make an entrance?

After the ceremony ended, we didn’t know what to do; I never planned for that.

We didn’t have a recessional; we didn’t have a chance for one. By the time we finished our first kiss, everyone stood up and came up to us and the hugs started. Everyone waited for their turn, congratulated us, and then made their way to the reception area.


My parents getting all emotional / Photo by Alberto Alcorta Photography


The groomsmen monopolized the groom. / Photo by Alberto Alcorta Photography

Slowly, everyone started making their way to the reception area, where the band started playing some music to get everyone in the mood.


Snapshot from our video by Estudio 54

We chose not to have an entrance. The ceremony space was just steps away from the reception area and, having no indoor space to hide in, it would have felt odd.

Once the ceremony was over and the pre-ceremony stress was long gone, I took my time to look around.

Not having a DOC, the set of of the space was all up to Mr. Toadstool and my moms and sisters. If my math’s right there were over 120 candles to light, between our centerpieces, the pool lanterns, and other decorations.


Snapshot from our video by Estudio 54

I loved the way everything looked—the soft lighting was exactly what I had dreamed about.


Snapshot from our video by Estudio 54


Snapshot from our video by Estudio 54

As I looked around I started greeting everyone, chatting with people, and urging them to go sign out fingerprint-tree guestbook.


Photo by Alberto Alcorta Photography

I received multiple praises about the tree. It is something unheard of around here, so everyone was surprised by the idea.


Photo by Alberto Alcorta Photography

Soon people started dancing and it was then that one of Mr. Toadstool’s aunts approached me to tell me people should not dance before our first dance (really?) so we should have it ASAP.


Snapshot from our video by Estudio 54

It really never crossed my mind that we were supposed to inaugurate the dance floor, but the timing seemed fitting. I looked for my groom and let the band know. It was time for our first dance.

Did you/will you have an entrance? Are the bride and groom really supposed to be the first ones on the dance floor?




Mrs. Toadstool

Obregon, Mexico
Wedding Date:
December 2012
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  1. bracelet Bee
    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 11:07 am

    I think in American weddings the bride/groom dance definitely is the first one and declares the dancing begun. That’s how I always thought it went and that’s how I did it.

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:07 am

    We went right into our first dance after our entrance so the dance floor would be “open” and people could feel free to dance!

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    BookishBelle 1629 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:02 pm

    @Mrs. Waterfall: Ditto. We had background music as people found their seats at the reception, and then once they were all in, we did our entrance and went straight into our first dance, then father/daughter, after which we invited everybody to the dance floor for a few minutes before dinner was served.

  4. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:00 pm

    Love how your vision came to life, everything is so pretty!

  5. gondola Bee
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:42 am

    You can just feel the love radiating from everyone! I love all of the candles.

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