“You want me to talk…on a mic…in front of people?!?!?!”

“You want me to talk…on a mic…in front of people?!?!?!”

Ok for starters, let me just make perfectly clear that the title doesn’t refer to us as DJ’s obviously. It means you- the newlywed. Let me explain…

So last week, I wrote a blog about why, as the bride and groom, you should absolutely 100% go into your cocktail hour. You probably paid for an awesome spread of food and you should enjoy it. But also it gives you the chance to greet all or most of your guests and frees up more time during the reception to spend it as you see fit AKA dancing your @$$ off!

But what if you want to avoid the cocktail hour? What if you would like to make your introduction more dramatic? Some couples like to have that private cocktail hour with just their wedding party as it will add to the theatre surrounding when we first introduce them. While you get to enjoy the food still, that issue of maximizing your reception minutes comes back in to the picture. Well, I present to you a solution so long as you can get over one of people’s biggest fears: PUBLIC. SPEAKING.

I saw one of our own DJs do this at his wedding over 10 years ago and I thought it was brilliant. Once the toasts were done, he grabbed the mic and said (paraphrasing here), “Thank you so much to everyone who came! We would love to chat with you all tonight so come see us on the dance floor.” Simple and so effective. Of course there will be some guests you will take a few minutes to seek out (grandparents and other family members). But is it really necessary to chat up your coworker’s date that you’ve only just met? Eh, I don’t think so. I’m sure some wedding traditionalists will read this with a look of absolute horror on their face. But weddings are getting less and less traditional with each passing year. So why not just take 30-45 seconds to thank all of your guests in one fell swoop. And if you think your fear of public speaking is going to prevent you from doing this. Just picture everyone in their underwear! Except anyone that’s the same sex as your spouse. I mean, you are a married man/woman now, after all.

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