Where did we leave off? Ah yes, we had just finished all of the formalities like toasts, eating and first dances. Let the party begin!
Kevin and I outlined our reception to have PLENTY of dancing time. We nixed a cocktail hour, opted for a buffet instead of a sit-down dinner and kept our speeches and dances short to accommodate for hours of straight-up dancing.
While our guests hit the dance floor, we snuck off to the side to quickly dig into our dessert. We had Ted Drewes, a famous St. Louis frozen custard joint, cater our dessert. We had both vanilla and chocolate, and kept it a surprise for our guests.
Neither of us are huge cake fans (Kevin really doesn’t like it) so we thought this was a great substitute. Unconventional? Sure. Tasty? Absolutely!
Pretty soon, we did our bouquet and garter tosses. My friend and fellow Kappa sister, Emily, caught my bouquet and Peter, our groomsmen (who got engaged over NYE!) caught the garter.
During our reception, we also did my sorority’s signature Oh Pat! and Paradise song, a couple Polka songs (heritage!) and a dollar dance, where I made out like a champ! Kev, not so much. 😉 I liked doing a dollar dance because it also gave us a chance to talk one-on-one with some of our guests.
Now know a lot of people probably say this, but our dance floor was PACKED the entire night and we LOVED seeing this!
At around 10:30 p.m., Kevin and I had a big surprise for our guests up our sleeves: JACK IN THE BOX TACOS as a late night snack! Jack in the Box is one of our favorites and their tacos are the perfect drunk snack food. Plus, they’re 2 for $.99 – doesn’t get much better than that! I ate about six tacos on the dance floor as soon as they were delivered. SO GOOD!
Our reception ended at 11 p.m., but the party wasn’t over when our reception ended. Oh no no no no no. We reserved some space at the bar across the street from our reception and many of our guests followed us over there. The night was young!
I only have two pictures from the after party and I have no idea who took them, so you get the idea of how fun that was.
Our party bus driver did rounds of taking people back to the hotels and we took the last shuttle back around 2 or 3 a.m. At that time, Kev and I went to our hotel room but I heard my parents, their friends and our friends trying to shuffle around a million different coolers into various hotel rooms to continue the night. I hope when I’m 50, I can party harder than my kids at their wedding!
I really can’t describe how fun we had and how thankful we are that all of our very best family and friends were there to celebrate with us! It’s a night we’ll never forget!