A Straightforward Guide to
There are usually three phases to the reception - receiving line/cocktail hour, dinner, and after dinner. At the beginning of a reception the bridal party will be busy welcoming the guests, whether informally or in the form of a receiving line. Once guests are through the receiving line they are basically in cocktail party mode until the bridal party has greeted all the guests and is ready for dinner. Before, during, and after dinner there may be toasts presented by the relatives or friends of the wedding couple. After dinner, the new bride and groom will dance the first official dance together. They will usually dance with their parents or in-law parents next before inviting all the guests to dance. Traditionally, the band will play a waltz or slow tune as a first dance, but there are other possibilities also. At some point there will be a break to cut the wedding cake. Another optional tradition is the throwing of the bouquet by the bride to the unmarried women. There may also be the removal of the garter, which the groom may throw to the bachelor men.
A live band is great entertainment for after dinner, but their music must be subdued if played during the cocktail or dinner portion of the reception. Not all bands have this capability. If your favorite band is too loud or obtrusive to play for dinner, you can consider the possibility of having solo piano or guitar for this portion; or an instrumental jazz duo, trio, or quartet. As a general rule, music with vocals demands more attention from the guests than instrumental music.
This text was written by Jack Jackson of Alaska’s Best Bands. We feature Anchorage’s finest musicians and try hard to get the best band or soloist for the customer’s budget and musical taste.
For questions or booking information on groups or soloists for the wedding ceremony or reception, call Jack Jackson at Alaska’s Best Bands, (907) 243-2910.
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