We had a second Vietnamese reception the day after our “American” style wedding at a Vietnamese restaurant for approximately 300-350 guests. We had to have a second reception due to the capacity constraints of our first venue, and other more “complex” issues (i.e. older guests not being happy with non-Asian cuisine and not being able to invite the cousin of a cousin of a friend of a cousin-twice-removed that I’ve never met or heard of… you get the idea).
Zander’s House before all of the guests arrived – we had formal portraits taken to be displayed at the Asian reception as pictured here. We re-used our hydrangea pomanders and butterfly garlands from the ceremony the day before. We had minimal decor this day, as we had to use the lazy susans that the restaurant provided – we had small low centerpieces which are weirdly not pictured in ANY photos we have. The guests removed them as they started arriving and then took them all home at the end of the night – now that I think about it, I don’t think I even saw ONE arrangement the whole night other than when they were all lined up at the bar.
Hanging out waiting to receive guests
An example of one of the guest photos – these were later printed out and put into personalized thank-you cards that matched our invitation set from Vietnam, and mailed out to each of the guests that came.
Staying hydrated – taking pictures is hard work!
Our sign-in / guest table manned by my cousin and a family friend’s daughter
Joking around before the reception begins…
About to be announced!
The family by the stage
Overall tone of the reception – lots of eating and lots of toasting. About 8-10 courses of food and several cases of alcohol.
Taking part in the aforementioned activities
The live band my mother hired. They weren’t as bad as some others I’ve seen – at least the lead singer of this band was fully-clothed and no Christmas songs were sung in July. Oh yes – that really does happen.
Time to “Greet the tables” as is tradition – the bride and groom along with the parents must go to each individual table of guests to receive their guests, blessings, words of good advice, and monetary gifts (we had to go to around 32 tables or so! by the time we got to many tables, guests were already starting to leave and/or were ‘enjoying’ themselves a lot if you know what I mean).
Most tables made us (mostly the hubs and/or my daddy) drink/toast with them (mind you, they are toasting with cognac NOT champagne). You can watch the hubs’s face slowly but surely change color from picture to picture as the night went on….
Some tables made us play games for our gifts – this game consisted of the hubs getting blindfolded and having to identify my hand out of a group of hands (one person even put a roasted quail leg in his hand! lol)
I asked the best man to go discreetly pour the hubs a glass with coke and sprint mixed together so it looked like “fake cognac” to fool the guests, but little did I know the best man was in on the plan to get the hubs trashed – he poured the glass full of cognac with a splash of coke! >:O)
Receiving more advice and well wishes for lots of kids (boys first) and a thousand years of happiness.
Time for the last quick change of the night for cake cutting and dancing
(the cake that a rainbow threw-up on)
The hubs is barely able to stand up on his own at this point…
Serving cake to our parents
First dance – more like sway since the hubs’s coordination wasn’t exactly normal
Dancing with my new little cousin, Chase – he was such a dancing machine!
The dance floor at the end of the night!