When I asked Mr. Big what he was most looking forward to during our wedding, he replied, “Oh that’s easy—the reception.” Though I’m looking forward to the ceremony because “Oh my God, we’ll officially be married!” I can totally agree with him on the reception. The best way to describe the reception we intend on having is “jam packed.”
So packed, in fact, that we’re having a hard time figuring out how to plan the whole thing! (Although our day-of timeline is looking better and better.)
You see, there are a few key things that Mr. Big and I wanted, as well as a few things that my parents were fervent on. This has caused something of a fustercluck, and so it was really hard for Mr. Big and me to pinpoint where things will be going (more me than him—he’s a lot better at this whole timeline thing).
I want this shirt. / Image from Shirtoid
Among the speeches (we’ll be having six of them), the first dances (two of these), and the obligatory cake-cutting, we’ll also be having other things at the reception.
A Photo Booth
Ah, the photo booth. Upon starting the planning of this wedding, Mr. Big and I were adamant on a photo booth.
It’s the perfect homage of geeky and fun, and we can also add our own flair to it by using props. We know not ALL of our guests will want to dance, so this gives them something to do that we hope people will love.
The props we intend on making are an Xbox sign (which is proving difficult, but I think I’ve just about nailed it), Marvel/Avengers and DC Comics props (read: Hulk masks, Iron Man props, Spiderman props, Batman masks, etc.), and a whole plethora of other thing which may just find their way to the dance floor. Our photographers, who will be providing us the awesome booth, will also be providing a backdrop and props of their own (including funny animal masks, hats, glasses, and scarves).
Some initial reactions to the photo booth were, “Why?” “Everyone does that!” and “Oh, what’s that?” but a lot of people who have attended weddings with photo booths between then and now are like, “I CAN’T WAIT FOR YOUR PHOTO BOOTH!”
It’s kind of hilarious.
A Live Band
Papa Bighorn was adamant on a live band, and after some deliberation, failed negotiations, and a lucky break, we finally found one. FBIL Muso, Mr. Big’s brother, came to the rescue, opting his band’s services to the wedding. They’re a Kiwi band based in Nelson, but are flying up for the wedding to play.
They have about the same tastes in music as we do, so we’re uber excited to have them at our wedding. After some negotiating with FBIL Muso and playing around with the timing on the day-of runsheet, we’ve nailed down when they’re playing. We also have a song list outlining the songs which they may be playing. All the songs are totally within out style of music, so we’re quite happy!
A Few Good Musical Numbers
When it came time for my wedding, Papa Bighorn kept dropping hints (read: anchors—my papa isn’t very subtle) about wanting to perform at the wedding, chirping up with, “I can sing this, your mum can sing that, we can do this.” Unfortunately, our five-hour reception doesn’t have time for everything he wanted, so I had to put my foot down: three songs, that’s it.
I didn’t want my father behind a drum kit all night, as has happened at several weddings where he’s been asked to play. He OK’ed this idea, and he’ll be doing three songs at the wedding. What makes it even more special: he’ll be doing those three songs with De Papa Big (Mr. Big’s dad, who plays the drums), FBIL Muso, and Mr. Big himself. De Papa Big, FBIL Muso, and Mr. Big will be playing their own song together. FBIL Muso’s bandmates will be playing additional instruments to form up the band.
So those are the things we need to consider!
Add to that two dance numbers (at approximately two to three minutes each), the cake-cutting (which may or may not take longer than three minutes), and the speeches (six of them at approximately three to ten minutes each), I think we’re going to have a lot going on at the reception!
So what do you guys think? Are we trying to cram too much into our reception? Are we crazy? 🙂