Wedding Reception Traditions

by : Anne Harvester

A country club makes the perfect setting for wedding receptions. Country club receptions offer a host of amenities not found in other locations, and they always do so in elegant style. If you are planning a wedding reception, you will want to ensure adding all of the wedding reception traditions that are popular and make the time together with your guests so special.
Since a marriage is in legal terms the signing of a contract, over time people have tried to make the signing more festive, and thus we now have wedding ceremonies and receptions to commemorate the big event. Wedding receptions are parties that are held after the marriage ceremony, and they usually include a meal, a toast, dances, and other traditions that help make the moment special.
Many receptions have a meal as the focus. At a country club you can use the able assistance provided by the professional catering staff. They will help you with all aspects of the food you wish to serve at your wedding reception, including different types of cuisine and how it will be presented. They can also offer suggestions in terms of your wedding cake, what flavors you might enjoy and how it will be decorated. Some couples prefer to focus the food around hors d'oeuvres or desserts instead of a full meal, which is a lovely choice as well.
Another feature you will find at many wedding receptions is a toast. The person or persons giving the toast might include the best man and maid of honor, but can also include the bride's father, the groom, and others important in the couple's life. Champagne is the traditional drink, but your catering staff at the country club of your choice can help you select from several delicious options that would be appropriate.
You will usually see at a wedding reception some form of dancing. Often the newly married couple have a first dance together to a favorite song they both enjoy. There might also be a special dance with the bride and her father, as a fond farewell. After this first dance, the rest of the guests are invited to join in the dance. The party will continue on until the bride and groom leave for their honeymoon, and often longer. Their car will often be decorated by their friends with streamers and flowers.
Other activities that you might see at a wedding reception is the tossing of the bridal bouquet and garter. The bouquet is tossed to all of the single women in the room, the garter to the single men, and the lucky catchers are likely to be the next married. Remember your wedding reception traditions fondly at a country club reception.