Ladies and Gentlemen, at your reception….MORE THAN 4 SPEECHES IS A BAD IDEA! Please refrain from having more than max, maybe 5 speeches. Trust me, people LOVE to talk and it eats out of your dance floor time. Throw in a father/daughter dance if you have to but cut down on your speeches. I’ve been seeing this mistake happen over and over again despite informing clients about this! I’ve done too many Weddings where dancing ends up being an hour and 30 minutes. That’s lame, especially for the amount of money you spend on a DJ. LET PEOPLE ENJOY THEMSELVES! Let your DJ’s talents shine! =)
Also, it doesn’t hurt to keep each speech to 3-5 minutes maximum. Having 4 speeches, at 10 minutes long is 40 minutes out of your program! That’s not including the time it takes for your MC to introduce the next person, for that person to walk up to the mic; settle in, and then begin their speech followed by them walking off the dancefloor. You’re looking at easily an hour for 4 speeches at 10 minutes a piece. Do the math when deciding who is speaking and think realistically who’s going to speak for too long.
Oh yeah, and NO PERFORMANCES! Nobody wants to come to a Wedding Reception to watch your cousins and friends perform dances to songs they hear at every other Wedding. Your guests come to do 3 things and 3 things only. Drink, Dance, and Eat! (yes in order of priority)
If you haven’t seen my interview with Royal Pains star Reshma Shetty, watch it! I point out some good tips that’ll truly help your wedding experience.
Goodluck with your wedding planning!