Are you ready?  It’s your favorite time of the week, Wedding Wednesdays!  This is where we answer your most pressing wedding planning questions and today we’re talking about the wedding reception:  My DJ requires me to fill out this online planning form that asks about all these different things in the reception like who is doing the welcome toast, when we are having the first dance and the bouquet toss.  The form has so many items and I’m feeling overwhelmed.  Do we need to be doing all these things?  What’s normal?

Back in the day, there really was such a thing as “normal” and every wedding was pretty much the same.  But, nowadays you can do whatever you want!  Your DJ’s form has all the possibilities so that they can prepare best for the wedding day, but just because it’s on a list doesn’t mean you have to do it.  The reception like everything else should be about you two and what is meaningful to you.  If you want to do a welcome toast, go for it.  If you don’t want a bouquet toss, don’t do it.  You can do as much or as little as you want.  I’ve had couples who had quite a large program from toasts to dances to tosses and a slideshow.  I’ve also had couples who had just 1 toast and the cake cutting.  You can even do something completely different too, but whatever you include should be things that you care about.  The one thing to just keep in mind is that guests have short attention spans, so the longer programs are less enjoyable for your guests.  While your guests love you and want to celebrate these moments with you, if you have an hour’s worth of stuff, it’s just not that fun for them to sit through.  And honestly, it won’t be that fun for you either.  Include the things that are important to you, but try to keep the length in mind so that you and your guests can enjoy time with each other too.

Is there a wedding planning question on your mind?  Share it with us and we’ll help you out.

Apr 23, 2014 by Jamie Chang

You know you are in love when they are the first person you want to talk to.  When something happens, they are the person you want to share it with.

Apr 21, 2014 by Jamie Chang

Happy Easter!!!  Easter is synonymous with Spring, religion and cute little animals.  I have a love for little furry creatures and bunnies are no exception.  Bunnies while super cute aren’t known for being very friendly, which is kind of a bummer.  But, a great friend of mine has the cutest bunny who has dog like qualities.  His name is Butters and is warm, lovable and has personality.  He’s proof it doesn’t matter what is expected of you, you can be anything.  So, on this Easter weekend, be like Butters.  Don’t be defined by what others think you should be and instead be you.  Hop to it!

Apr 19, 2014 by Jamie Chang


Jamie Chang

Jamie Chang is the owner and lead event consultant at Mango Muse Events. Mango Muse Events is a boutique event planning and design firm specializing in customized destination weddings and social occasions. Mango Muse Events is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and orchestrates events in Northern California, Hawaii and beyond.




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