DropEmJayBird wrote:When I think of a wedding reception - I think it should be viewed mostly as throwing a party. Parties should not cost that much to throw. I think the linens, the chairs... all way to much. Find a venue with a few different rooms, set up a mix of regular tables, standing tables, etc. Do some food stations and some drink stations. No assigned seats - let people go where they want to go. I swear if I have to go to one more assigned seat 10 seat table wedding that makes me sit for 3 of the 4 hours while I watch a slideshow, wait until my table goes to the buffet (while the bar is closed), and then listen to 12 speeches by all the groomsmen and bridesmaids - I'm going to freak out.
Other note: unless the best man could finish top 5 in a reality tv comedy show - his best man speech should be under 3 minutes. Bridesmaids should be under 1 minute - if they give one at all. Despite popular belief - nobody wants to hear a bunch of inside jokes that arent even that good.
I feel you there. We're not doing a buffet though, and I told the caterer that everyone needs to have their food within a 5 minute window. The worst is when half of the place is already done eating and the other half hasn't even got their food yet.
Also, the best man speech.. agreed. I would hope mine will keep it under 5 minutes. And the maid of honor is the only bridesmaid that will be speaking.