Wedding Part 4: The Reception

This post might end up being the longest and probably the least interesting photos for anyone who wasn't there, but it is what it is. When it comes to the planning, a bulk of it revolves around the reception. As I mentioned, we kept things pretty simple for the ceremony, so most of the little details were about the party. My next post will go into the decor, but oh man, our reception was a GOOD TIME. I've been thinking about something that was said to us a few times after the wedding, but a wedding really is only as good as the people there. At the end of the day, none of the details really mattered all that much. We had a lot of people tell us that it was the most fun wedding they've ever been to (which what every couple wants to hear) and it's truly only because we had such a good group of people. 

So much to unpack here, but in this post: the speeches (including my dad stealing the damn show), first dance, music, and food. 

My next post will be the last (finally) and will go over reception decor, desserts, and all of the little details in between. 

First Dance
This was honestly the thing I dreaded most about the whole wedding. I am NOT a dancer I don't really enjoy it, and I especially don't like the idea of everyone staring at me while I dance. I felt really uncomfortable the entire time so I'm thankful that Jon kept making me laugh. Luckily, our song is a really short one - "True Love Will Find You in the End" by Daniel Johnston. 

Okay, this was probably the highlight of the entire night. My maid of honor, Jenn, Jon's best man, Greg, and Jon's mom all gave absolutely wonderful speeches that were equal parts funny and sentimental. Then my dad came up...with a bag in his hand. Some background: two years ago at my brother's wedding, my dad gave a really funny speech that people couldn't stop talking about. Ever since then, we've all been joking about how excited people were for his speech at our wedding and how he had to top the last one. Oh did he. 

I honestly had no idea what to expect when he brought up a bag full of props. First, he pulled out a tiara to put on Jon. His speech was about how it was time to welcome Jon into a few clubs, the first being the "daughter-in-law club". My parents have 3 daughters-in-law, but Jon is the first and only son-in-law. My dad then called all of my sisters-in-law up and then...pulled out a big bottle of tequila. Jon doesn't drink so we were a little worried at first that my dad forgot that fact, but then he pulled out an energy drink for Jon. He made them all do shots together and then pulled up my parents' "forever friends" (their group of best friends who I grew up knowing) and had them all do shots together as well. It was all just so unexpected and hilarious. I swear more people came up to me to tell me how much they loved my dad than anything else. He was 100% the hit of the wedding. 

He continued to make things memorable by refusing to put the tequila away later in the night when the venue asked him to since we weren't allowed outside liquor (we had paid for a bartender). I got pretty upset with him for not following the rules and getting us in trouble, but he finally complied. I think the power of being the center of attention for a while went to his head.

This was one of those things that I cared SO much about before the wedding, but completely stopped caring about by the time we were there. Jon and I were very into the idea of playing all oldies/classic rock since neither of us are really into most of the music that plays at weddings. We worked on playlists with our DJ and refused to give in to any of our friends who weren't as pumped about it as we were.

Before the wedding started, our DJ (the very sweet Sam from Local Boy DJ) asked if we were okay with guests requesting songs, and even though I had previously against it, I decided to say screw it. Jon didn't care, and once we were there, I realized that I didn't either and just wanted everyone to have fun. It ended up being great because a lot of our music still got played, and people ended up having a blast dancing to it. The more people drank (we had an open bar), the more songs like Cha Cha Slide got requested, and it didn't matter. Our guests went HARD on the dance floor, and it was just such a good group of people to party together. 

Our food came with the venue and was from an awesome caterer, Easy Street Catering. Jay took such good care of us and (like all of our vendors) made us feel so at ease. Jon and I both love our carbs and Italian food, so we did chicken parmesan, meatballs, pasta, and veggies. SO GOOD. 

I have more closeups of our desserts to share in my next post, but our desserts were from Kimberly's Kupcakes and were amazing. More details on that in the next one!


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