Donnie's Tips & Tricks

Love Brought You Together

Never lose sight on the original reason behind the wedding.  You exchange your vows because you love each other and want to spend your lives together.  Don't let the stress of planning make you lose sight on what's most important.

Cut the Cake, Then Guests Cut Out

Delaying the cake cutting is one way to keep guests from leaving the reception early.  An hour after dinner is perfectly acceptable.

No Hour-Long Monologues

Make toasts short and sweet.  Limit the toasts to the fathers of the bride and groom, the best man, the maid of honor, and the couple.  Let each person know beforehand how much time they can have at the microphone and attempt to keep the total toasting time to around fifteen minutes.

First Dance

The bride and groom's first dance should be done at a time when they will have the room's full attention.  I prefer to schedule it right after introductions.  Not only does this guarantee that guests watch, it also eliminates the anticlimactic feeling that occurs when the newlyweds just take their seats after the big entrance.

The 1st Look Is Yours

Don't open the ballroom until the wedding party arrives.  It is up to the couple whether they want to catch a glimpse of the reception room before it floods with guests.