Everyone looks forward to the reception—the sumptuous food, unlimited drinks, and the celebration itself. But what should the timeline at the reception be like? Unless you have a competent and resourceful wedding coordinator, you should be thinking of the complete rundown of the event. There are no rules on how the reception should go, but there are basic order of events. We give therefore, the basic wedding reception rundown.
Registration: Just like any event, guests should register first. This can stop gate crashers to get in. This will also let the guests know their seating arrangement and if they have special participation in the reception.
Cocktail Hour: This is becoming a norm now in the Philippine wedding scene especially if the dinner has to be served later. This is like the welcome drinks for the guests once they are done with the registration.
First Dance: Once everyone has settled, the host will introduce the entourage and the newly wed. Of course, everyone is also anticipating of the couple’s first dance as man and wife.
Welcome Toast: The celebration officially kicks in once the best man (maid-of-honor or someone dearest to the couple) offers a toast to welcome everyone and solicit heartfelt participation.
Dinner: Here comes everyone’s favorite part—dinner. While people are lining up (if it’s buffet style), photo ops with the couple can coincide with this to control traffic.
Speeches/Performance: The reception won’t be complete without hearing some heart wrenching (sometimes cringe worthy) speeches from parents, best friends, and other guests. Parlor games and surprise performances often happen here.
Wedding Cake Cutting: Finish the formal program with the couple cutting and taking a bite of their wedding cake. As rare as it may be, releasing of doves can concur here.
Party: Everyone is encouraged to go to the dancefloor and dance your heart outs with the newly wed!
The Philippine wedding scene has transformed significantly for the past couple of years. It has become more ‘modern’ to put it best. The bride, for instance, goes for an elaborated, embellished wedding gown, while the groom tends to wear tuxedo or suit. It’s rare now to see a man to opt for a barong tagalog on the d-day. But today, we’re fortunate enough to witness a union that tagalog confidently and proudly stepped back a bit to incorporate the almost forgotten Filipino culture.
Richie and Kyle recently tied the knot in the Filipino way. The groom and entourage wore a fine barong tagalog from Lily’s Textile, while the bride chose an off-shoulder wedding dress that is made out of jusi and by Edwin Dress Shop. These really made us fall in love head first with this union! It’s not just a celebration of love, but also of our rich culture. We thank Peach Frost Studio for the photos!
Church: San Agustin Church, Intramuros, Manila | Reception: La Castellana | Full Planning & Coordination: Events by Miss P | Photo: Peach Frost Studio | Video: Forevermine Wedding Films | Gown: Roan Jean Gregorio | Logo: PRYNTS | Bouquets: Amelia Blossoms | Catering: Center Table Catering | Pritchon: Charlie’s Pritchon | Bridesmaid’s gowns: Edwin Dress Shop, Kamuning Market | Lechon Baka: Federico’s Lechon Baka | Flower walls: Floral Wall by Click Selfie| Barong Tagalog of Groom and Groomsmen: Lily’s Textile (Kamuning Market) | Lights and Sounds: Livesound Pro Sounds & Lights | Screen and Projector: Metrotech | Cake: Naked Patisserie and Pastry Bin by Penk Ching | Shoes: NJN Bags & Shoes | Photobooth: Pic A Pose | Puzzle Registration: Pinlight CNCrafts | Souvenirs: Pinwheel Crafts & Events | Invitations: Print Divas | Engagement & Wedding Rings: Roselle’s Custom Jewellery | Band: SQ Music