Host’s Wedding Reception Script

I’ve been hosting weddings and it’s a big help when I have a sample script as guide to help the wedding coordinators and the couple. This article is the result of research and several scripts posted online meant to help wedding hosts.
SAMPLE WEDDING PROGRAM
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. HOST’S WELCOME REMARKS
AND OPTIONAL BRIDE-GROOM TRIVIA GAME
3. INTRODUCTION OF PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
4. INTRODUCTION OF PARENTS
5. MARCH OF THE ENTOURAGE
6. VIDEO INTRO (PRENUP OR SAVE THE DATE) FOLLOWED BY  ENTRANCE OF COUPLE
7. FATHER AND DAUGHTER DANCE
8. FIRST DANCE OF THE COUPLE
9. MONEY DANCE
10. CAKE CUTTING CEREMONY
11. WINE CEREMONY
12. PRAYER
13. DINNER INSTRUCTIONS
14. VIDEO : GROWING UP
15. MESSAGE FROM GODPARENTS
16. RAFFLE (OPTIONAL)
17. MESSAGE FROM FRIENDS
18. SINGLES GAMES
19. MESSAGE FROM MAID OF HONOR
20. BEST MAN’S TOAST
21. RAFFLE (OPTIONAL)
22. MESSAGE FROM PARENTS
23. HASHTAG CONTEST WINNER (OPTIONAL)
24. SDE
25. MESSAGE FROM COUPLE
26. CLOSING
Notes:
– To all those who are expected to give their messages, kindly inform them ahead of time to prepare a two-minute message to keep everything sweet and short. There are times when they get carried away and extend to 15 minutes or more… and there are times when they don’t know what to say because they were not advised ahead of time.
– Optional Raffle: at the registration table, prepare small sheets of paper where the receptionist can write down legibly one’s full name upon arrival, roll the paper and drop into the fishbowl… the host will pick a name for the raffle draw… usually, prizes are gift certificates… raffle draws help excite the audience and keep them from going home, especially when big prizes are at stake
– What are the prizes (if any) in case there are raffle draws, hashtag contests, singles games
– Optional Hashtag Contest: guests are requested to post photos on social media using the hashtag assigned by the couple and towards the end of the reception, the couple will choose one winner
– Best man’s toast — For the coordinators, remind the best man that for the toast he should end with something like “let’s all stand and raise our glasses. Here’s to long life, love and happiness! Cheers!”
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1. CALL TO ORDER (VOICE OVER)
GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. WE ARE ABOUT TO BEGIN OUR DINNER RECEPTION SO PLEASE LOCATE YOUR RESPECTIVE SEATS AND MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE. PLEASE USE THE HASHTAG #__________ WHEN POSTING PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
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GOOD EVENING LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. MAY I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE. THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN IN 30 MINUTES. DURING THIS PERIOD, YOU MAY ENJOY HAVING YOUR PICTURES TAKEN AT THE PHOTOBOOTH AND PLEASE LOCATE YOUR RESPECTIVE SEATS.
2. HOST’S WELCOME REMARKS
A VERY GOOD EVENING TO EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO (first name of groom) AND (first name of bride)’S WEDDING RECEPTION. THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO BE PART OF THIS JOURNEY OF LOVE, ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO TRAVELLED FOR SO MANY MILES OR TO THOSE WHO TOOK A LEAVE OF ABSENCE.
LADIES, GENTLEMEN, FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES, THE NEWLY WEDS EXTEND THEIR HEARTFELT GRATITUDE TO ALL OF YOU TO CELEBRATE THEIR NEW LIFE AS A COUPLE. SO SIT DOWN, RELAX AND ENJOY THE REST OF THE EVENING.
I’M CARLO LORENZO AND I WILL BE YOUR HOST.
(optional trivia game)
I HAVE A QUESTION… HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW THE BRIDE AND THE GROOM?
TONIGHT WE BEGIN WITH A TRIVIA GAME. YOU HAVE ON YOUR TABLES SIGNBOARDS, ON ONE SIDE IT SAYS BRIDE, AND ON THE OTHER SIDE, GROOM. I WILL BE GIVING A PIECE OF TRIVIA AND YOU HAVE TO RAISE THE PLACARD BRIDE OR GROOM FOR THE ANSWER. WHEN YOU GIVE THE WRONG ANSWER, THE COORDINATORS WILL TAKE THE PLACARD FROM YOU. THE LAST TABLE STANDING WILL BE THE FIRST TO EAT AND GO TO THE BUFFET COUNTER DURING DINNER.
(trivia proper)
3. INTRODUCTION OF PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
AS I CALL YOUR NAMES, PLEASE STAND FOR A FEW SECONDS SO ALL OUR GUESTS CAN RECOGNIZE YOU. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT IS WITH GREAT HONOR AND GRATITUDE THAT WE NOW INTRODUCE TO YOU THE YOUNG AT HEART AND SPIRIT, THE GRACIOUS AND GENEROUS, THE PRINCIPAL SPONSORS:
MR ______ & MS ________
MR ______ & MS ________
MR ______ & MS ________
MR ______ & MS ________
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, OUR MOST DISTINGUISHED SET OF PRINCIPAL SPONSORS.  A ROUND OF APPLAUSE!  THANK YOU SIRS AND MA’AMS, FOR TAKING TIME OUT TO BE WITH US.
4. INTRODUCTION OF PARENTS
LET US RECOGNIZE THE PARENST OF THE COUPLE
MR ______ & MS ________ , PARENTS OF THE GROOM
MR ______ & MS ________ , PARENTS OF THE BRIDE
5. MARCH OF THE ENTOURAGE
AND NOW, MAY I  REQUEST EVERYONE TO TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE PARADE OF THE WEDDING ENTOURAGE.
(CANDLE SPONSORS)
MR. ________          & MS.________
THE PAIR THAT LIT THE PATHS OF GROOM AND BRIDE
(VEIL SPONSORS)
MR. ________          & MS.________
THE PAIR THAT CLOTHED GROOM AND BRIDE
(CHORD SPONSORS)
MR. ________             & MS.________
THE PAIR THAT BOUND GROOM AND BRIDE
THE GROOMSMEN AND BRIDESMAIDS:
MR. ________             & MS.________
MR. ________             & MS.________
MR. ________             & MS.________
THE HANDSOME BEST  MAN AND THE BEAUTIFUL MAID OF HONOR WHO ASSISTED THE COUPLE IN THEIR NEEDS:
THE BEST MAN: ________             THE MAID OF HONOR: ________
6. VIDEO INTRO (prenup or  save the date video) FOLLOWED BY
ENTRANCE OF COUPLE
AT THIS POINT MAY WE REQUEST THE LIGHTS TO BE DIMMED AND LET US FOCUS ON THE VIDEO WALL. THIS IS THE (prenup or save the date video). LET’S WATCH THIS.
(after the video, spotlight on couple’s entrance)
TODAY CALLS FOR A GRAND CELEBRATION AND IT IS MY DISTINCT PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME TONIGHT AS HUSBAND AND WIFE. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET US ALL RISE AND GIVE OUR WARMEST WELCOME TO MR AND MRS ___ ____ _____
(couple enters)
THANK YOU VERY MUCH…LET’S ALL BE SEATED NOW. TRULY, THIS MOMENTOUS EVENT MARKS A MILESTONE OF TWO HEARTS BEGINNING A BEAUTIFUL LIFELONG COMMITMENT.
7. FATHER AND DAUGHTER DANCE
AND NOW WE WOULD LIKE TO CLEAR THE DANCE FLOOR FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT OUR BRIDE TO HAVE THIS SPECIAL TIME WITH THE FIRST MAN IN HER LIFE. MAY WE REQUEST FOR MR. _____ , THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE, TO APPROACH HIS DAUGHTER FOR THE FATHER AND DAUGHTER DANCE.”
(dance for 15 seconds)
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE FATHER AND DAUGHTER DANCE.
AND NOW THE FATHER GIVES HIS DAUGHTER TO GROOM.
THE GROOM WILL NOW APPROACH THE FATHER OF THE BRIDE, AND DANCE WITH (bride’s name).
8. FIRST DANCE OF THE COUPLE
TONIGHT IS INDEED A SPECIAL NIGHT, AND WILL BE FOREVER ETCHED IN THE MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED COUPLE. ON THIS JOYFUL BEGINNING WHAT COULD BE MORE FITTING THAN TO CELEBRATE IT WITH THEIR FIRST DANCE.
THE FIRST DANCE IS SYMBOLIC OF THE CONSUMMATION OF THEIR WEDDING VOWS. THIS DANCE IS THE WEDDING COUPLES’ FIRST COOPERATIVE ENGAGEMENT AND JOINT ENDEAVOR. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT IS ONCE AGAIN MY PRIVILEGE TO PRESENT TO YOU MR AND MRS. _______ WITH THEIR FIRST DANCE.
9. MONEY DANCE
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…. FIND YOUR PURSES AND WALLETS … IT’S NOW TIME FOR OUR MONEY DANCE WHERE YOU WILL GET YOUR CHANCE TO FINANCIALLY BLESS OUR COUPLE.
OUR MAID OF HONOR, BEST MAN AND COORDINATORS … WILL BE STANDING HERE TO PUT THE SASH ON THE COUPLE… YOU MAY APPROACH THEM AND THEY WILL HAND YOU ENVELOPES AND SAFETY PINS WHERE YOU CAN PUT 500 BILLS AND 1000 PESO BILLS… AND YOU CAN ATTACH THE ENVELOPS TO THE SASH THEY ARE WEARING.”
(when finished) THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY THAT WILL INDEED GO A LONG WAY FOR THE COUPLE.
10. CAKE CUTTING CEREMONY
MAY WE REQUEST THE COUPLE TO PROCEED TO THE CAKE’S TABLE… LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO THE CAKE CUTTING TRADITION…
THE HUSBAND AND WIFE WILL PUT THEIR HANDS TOGETHER TO SLICE THE CAKE.
THE TWO HANDS MOVING AS ONE WITH ONE PURPOSE, SYMBOLIZES THAT THE TWO WILL WORK IN UNITY TO REACH COMMON GOALS FOR THEIR SHARED FUTURE AND THEIR LIFE TOGETHER AS ONE.
THE SHARING OF THIS FOOD SYMBOLIZES THE COUPLE’S WILLINGNESS TO FULFILL EACH OTHER’S NEEDS, CREATING A BOND SO SIMPLE AND YET SO STRONG…
11. WINE CEREMONY
TO SYMBOLIZE AND CELEBRATE THE BLENDING OF YOUR TWO LIVES INTO ONE, I INVITE YOU TO PERFORM THE WINE CEREMONY.
THE ARMS OF THE COUPLE WILL INTERTWINE AS THEY DRINK WINE.
THIS CEREMONY REPRESENTS YOUR TWO INDIVIDUAL LIVES, NOW INTERTWINED; COMBINED LIKE THE TWO GLASSES WINE INTO ONE SINGLE LIFE. THE DRINKING OF THE COMBINED WINE SIGNIFIES THE COMMITMENT YOU NOW MAKE TO LIVE YOUR LIVES AS ONE FAMILY. MAY YOU REMEMBER THIS DAY OF COMMITMENT YOU HAVE SEALED WITH DRINKING OF THE NEW WINE JOINING YOUR LIVES AS ONE.
(OPTIONAL: IN THE GLASS ARE THE FRUITS OF CREATION, MANKIND AND MOTHER EARTH. THE YEARS OF OUR LIVES ARE LIKE A CUP OF WINE THAT IS POURED OUT FOR THE SAKE OF LABOR, HONOR AND LOVE. MANY DAYS YOU WILL SIT AT THE SAME TABLE AND EAT AND DRINK TOGETHER. MANY ARE THE EXPERIENCES YOU WILL SHARE.)
(OPTIONAL: AS WITH A GLASS OF WINE, ONE OF YOU MAY FIND IT SWEET, THE OTHER PERHAPS DRY OR SOMEHOW DIFFERENT. LET THE DRINK YOU SHARE TODAY SERVE AS A REMINDER THAT ALTHOUGH YOU MAY PERCEIVE THINGS VERY DIFFERENTLY, BEING RIGHT IS NEVER MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING HAPPY. WITH THIS SPACE THAT YOU GIVE EACH OTHER, ALWAYS PUTTING YOUR COMMITMENT TO LOVE AND HONOR ONE ANOTHER FIRST, YOUR LIVES TOGETHER WILL GROW DEEPER, RICHER AND GREATLY SATISFYING, LIKE A RARE AND FINE WINE.)
12. PRAYER
IT IS SAID THAT A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE INVOLVES THREE HEARTS BECOMING ONE. THE HEARTS OF THE HUSBAND, THE WIFE, AND GOD AT THE CENTER. SO LET US GIVE THANKS TO THE ONE WHO MADE THIS ALL POSSIBLE, THE AUTHOR OF LIFE, LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS. OUR ONE TRUE GOD. TO LEAD US INTO PRAYER, AND ALSO TO SAY GRACE BEFORE MEALS, LET US WELCOME ________ .
13. DINNER INSTRUCTIONS
THE FOOD IS NOW READY AND DINNER WILL COMMENCE SHORTLY. AT THIS POINT TO MAINTAIN ORDER, THE COORDINATORS WILL APPROACH YOUR TABLE BEGINNING AND THE GUESTS FROM THAT TABLE WILL BE REQUESTED TO PROCEED TO THE LOCATION OF THE COUPLE FOR PICTORIAL. RIGHT AFTER THAT, THEY CAN LINE UP AT THE BUFFET COUNTER TO GET THEIR DINNER. PLEASE WAIT FOR THE COORDINATORS TO APPROACH YOUR TABLE.
14. GROWING UP VIDEO
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AS YOU’RE ENJOYING YOUR DINNER, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE COUPLE’S PICTURES GROWING UP. A GLIMPSE OF THEIR LIVES BEFORE THEY FOUND EACH OTHER, AND HOW THEY’VE TRANSFORMED AND BLOSSOMED TO WHO THEY ARE NOW.
FRIENDS, THE GROWING UP VIDEO. LET’S WATCH THIS.
15. MESSAGE FROM GODPARENTS (DURING DINNER)
IN ALL SENSE OF THE WORD GODPARENTS ARE GUARDIANS OF THE FAITH. THE BRIDE AND GROOM SHOULD TREAT THIS ROLE NOT MERELY AS GIFT GIVERS DURING NUPTIALS; BUT AS CO-SHARERS TO THE PROMISE OF A LIFETIME OF CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT.
AND THE GODPARENTS TO GIVE THEIR MESSAGE TO THE COUPLE, LET’S WELCOME ________ AND ________.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR WISDOM, A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ____ AND  _____ .
16. RAFFLE (DURING DINNER)
– 3 WINNERS
17. MESSAGE FROM FRIENDS
A WEDDING BRINGS TWO PEOPLE AND THEIR FRIENDS TOGETHER. IT REFRESHES THE TIES AND TAKES FRIENDSHIPS TO ANOTHER LEVEL.
NOW, WE WOULD LIKE TO PROCEED WITH MESSAGES FROM THE FRIENDS OF THE COUPLE. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO LITERALLY SAW THE ROMANCE BETWEEN GROOM AND BRIDE BLOSSOM INTO A SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP. MAY WE CALL ON ___   _ AND ____ TO SHARE WITH ALL OF US WHAT THEY KNOW ABOUT THE COUPLE.
18. SINGLES GAMES
19. MESSAGE FROM MAID OF HONOR
THE BEAUTIFUL LADY WHO ASSISTED OUR BRIDE IN ALL HER NEEDS… TO GIVE HER MESSAGE, THE MAID OF HONOR. LET’S WELCOME ______ .
(after her message) THANK YOU ____ .
20. BEST MAN’S TOAST
THIS TIME, LET’S FILL OUR GLASSES WITH ANY DRINK THAT WE CAN GET AND JOIN THE BEST MAN FOR THE SYMBOLIC WINE TOAST, LET’S CALL IN ______ .
(after the toast)
LET’S GIVE OUR BEST MAN A NICE HAND FOR A GREAT TOAST!
21. RAFFLE (OPTIONAL)
22. MESSAGE FROM PARENTS
IT IS SAID THAT OUR PARENTS ARE OUR FIRST TEACHERS HAVING RAISED US PATIENTLY FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD. THEY HAVE BEEN OUR SOURCE OF COMFORT, SUPPORT AND INSPIRATION. WITHOUT THEM, OUR NEWLYWEDS WILL NOT BE HERE. LET US WELCOME THE PARENTS OF THE COUPLE TO GIVE THEIR MESSAGE.
23. HASHTAG CONTEST WINNER (OPTIONAL)
24. SDE
25. MESSAGE FROM COUPLE
THE NIGHT AND THIS RECEPTION HAVE ALMOST COME TO AN END BUT FOR OUR NEWLYWEDS IT IS JUST A START OF THEIR NEW LIFE TOGETHER. AS WE EACH GO HOME, MAY THIS DAY BE MEMORABLE FOR ALL OF US AS IT IT TO THEM. TO PERSONALLY CONVEY THEIR HEARTFELT GRATITUDE LET US NOW LEND AN EAR TO THE NEWLYWEDS ____ AND _____
26. CLOSING
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE HAVE FINALLY COME TO THE END OF OUR PROGRAM. IT HAS BEEN A GREAT DAY AND A WONDERFUL EVENING WITH YOU ALL. AGAIN THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR PRESENCE. GOD BLESS AND GOODNIGHT TO EACH AND EVERYONE.
 If you need a wedding host, maybe you can consider me to be part of your celebration of love. For inquiries, email me [email protected] and check my profile www.CarloLorenzo.com.

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