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Left Out Bouquet Toss and Garter
Carlin, on September 29, 2022 at 1:34 AM

Just how many of you left out the bouquet toss nor wore a garter?

Sloane, Yesterday at 10:06 AM 16 113
Dancing with both parents?
Bailey, on September 27, 2022 at 10:42 AM

My parents are not separated/divorced, but I have such an amazing relationship with both of them that I want to dance with my mom, too. I suppose I'd cut each song [1 for dad, 1 for mom] at 2-2.5...

Marlee, Sep 28, 2022 7 107
Is alcohol necessary?
Kelly, on September 24, 2022 at 4:52 PM

What do you think? Do wedding need to have alcohol? Why or why not? Full disclosure-I'm having a full open bar at FH's behest.

Paige, Sep 27, 2022 14 243
fh doesn't like to dance
Lisa, on September 21, 2022 at 11:02 AM

Are there more people worried about this? I loooove to dance and i am planning to dance all night on our wedding day. On the other hand my FH hates dancing and i am scared we won't be together because...

Paige, Sep 22, 2022 13 158
How to cover wedding stage floor
AK, Yesterday at 1:44 PM

Hello! Hotel is giving us the stage for our reception but I want to cover the floor. Any ideas on the best way to cover it?

Michael, Yesterday at 10:31 PM 4 47
Father daughter dance?
Leslie, Yesterday at 12:36 PM

Did you guys have a father daughter dance at your wedding or are planning to have one? I’m not close to my dad so unsure of whether to split a song between and have him dance first half and my mom...

Shannon, Yesterday at 6:22 PM 3 34
First dance
Taylor, on September 29, 2022 at 8:31 PM

How long did you make your first dance? Did you only dance for a minute? For the whole song? Trying to decide

Shannon, Yesterday at 11:43 AM 6 45
Cost for Catering 100 Count Wedding - Is This High?
Maleah, on September 8, 2022 at 12:52 PM

Hello! Curious if anyone has experience getting catering quotes for receptions. We're looking at a Northwest FL wedding location (Fort Walton / Destin area) and are currently getting quotes of...

Elizabeth, Sep 29, 2022 24 511
The First Dance
Hayleigh, on September 24, 2022 at 3:20 AM

Is anyone else shy and not dancing at your wedding? Me and my fiancé are both uncomfortable with dancing in front of people so we’re not going to do it. Does anyone have any activities in mind to...

Sara, Sep 29, 2022 12 139
Seating Arrangements - Parents & In-laws sit together?
Sharyl, on September 28, 2022 at 12:38 AM

Just trying to condense tables as much as possible. Do you give your parents / MIL & FIL their own table or group them together? My dad is by himself and my mom passed away a few years ago. My...

Ashlee, Sep 29, 2022 7 105
Other Possible Names for Cocktail Hour?
GoodMOB, on December 28, 2017 at 4:25 PM

We have a substantial number of guests coming to my daughter's wedding who do not drink alcohol, and are not necessarily comfortable being around others who are drinking. There will be a "cocktail...

Amber, Sep 28, 2022 28 33,934 1
Unique First Dance Songs
Allaura, on September 21, 2022 at 2:01 PM

I’m trying to get some inspiration for first dance songs. Has anyone used a unique song or something unconventional? I’m not looking for At Last, Tequila, or anything overly popular.

Kara, Sep 27, 2022 10 124
Garter Toss: Are you keeping or skipping?
Erin, on September 19, 2022 at 2:18 PM

The garter toss seems to be a hot button topic these days! Brides/Grooms, are you including this tradition in your reception, modifying it, or skipping? For our wedding we decided to skip the removal...

Altrina, Sep 27, 2022 46 761
Reception formalities: are you keeping or skipping these?
Michelle, on September 23, 2022 at 2:04 PM

Which are you keeping vs skipping: Grand entrance (of any variation) at the receptionMC announcements First danceBridal party danceCake cutting ceremony ToastsAnniversary dance or alternative...

Paige, Sep 27, 2022 9 115
Songs for High School Sweethearts
Devyn, on March 20, 2019 at 11:01 AM

I've seen threads for this before, but haven't found them very helpful. What I'm looking for are songs that don't have references to breaking up, other lovers, things like "this time". There's a few...

John, Sep 27, 2022 16 35,098 1
No one showing up..
Jennifer, on September 22, 2022 at 6:08 AM

We are having a “micro wedding” with just our immediate families (14 attendees). His family is coming from across the country so we rented an air bnb and are going to have our small ceremony and then...

Jennifer, Sep 26, 2022 2 36
Something fun/funny to hand out at grand entrance?
Kathy, on September 23, 2022 at 10:22 AM

Hi! FH and I thought it would be fun to hand out something to some of the crowd when we do our grand entrance. We are coming out to an upbeat 80s song. We thought it would be cool to hand out glow...

Cece, Sep 24, 2022 6 101
Grand Exit
Imani, on September 21, 2022 at 7:26 PM

Are you planning to do a grand exit? If so, what are you doing? Sparklers? Rice? Balloons? If you did a grand exit what did you do and did your guest enjoy it.

Imani, Sep 22, 2022 13 134
Desserts for those with Dietary Restrictions
Jennifer, on September 16, 2022 at 12:40 AM

I have 6 guests with dietary restrictions: 2x Gluten Free, 1x Gluten Free and Dairy Free, 2x Nut Allergies, and 1x Vegan. Would you feel “short changed” if you got fruits as dessert because of your...

Lady, Sep 21, 2022 36 435
Appetizer counts
Kelly, on September 20, 2022 at 8:49 PM

I so appreciate this forum and all the advice I’ve gotten on here. Appetizer amounts? We have one hour during which will have cocktails and appetizers while we’re taking photos. There’s going to be...

Veronica, Sep 21, 2022 7 117
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