Jamil and Danielle Malakieh got married Saturday and I was proud to be a part of it. Combining the cultural and entertainment needs of both French Canadians and Arab Canadians was a new one for me but the dance floor never emptied. At the Bride's request the slow songs were kept to a minimum (I managed to squeak in two) on top of the First and Father/Daughter Dance. Rarely do you see a group with so much energy! Perhaps it was the inspiration of the Lebanese Belly Dancer Carina or the fact that the Bride never left the dance floor that kept them motivated but there were definitely some sore knees the next day myself included!
The picture above was taken at the Caruso Club about 12:30 nearing the end of the party. It reminded me of something Dave Thomas from the Wendy's chain of restaurants said. I'm paraphrasing but he said the two most important bites of any sandwich are the first and the last. The first bite is the satiation of an expectation. The last bite is the appreciation of a great meal and the promise of another.
For a wedding reception it's the Grand Entrance that sets the stage. It has everything to do with an expression of the couple and the guests realizing that this celebration is going to be different. A great Entrance is a promise of more to come and sets the rules of decorum and level of energy. It also raises the bar turning the evening into a real celebration instead of just a party.
The last bite of the Reception is the ending. Finish strong either with energy or romance and sometimes both. That means pacing the guests, creating flow with a valid plan and an experienced MC that keeps the guests informed about what is going to happen next or soon. It all leads up to the ending that makes the entire day feel complete and satisfying with just a little regret that it's over.
A special thanks to Unforgettable Wedding's Amanda and Sean for an outstanding job of decorating the Caruso Club.