Wedding Reception Program Emcee Script

We found out from our website statistics that many are searching for wedding reception programmes so we are putting this up for added information and resource for those who are planning their own wedding. The following emcee script was prepared by Ivy to serve as an announcement guide for Master of Ceremonies Mr. Donald Sabandeja and as a music cue guide for the Sound Operator during the wedding reception at Chateau de Busay.

Since the script was only a guide containing the order of the wedding reception programme and the names of the persons to be thanked and acknowledged, the Emcee still has the liberty of using his own personal touch. It was not mandatory for the Emcee to say it word for word as it is written here. For those who were able to attend the wedding, you will find that some parts were presented differently during the actual wedding reception.

The life of the programme will entirely depend on the Emcee's preparedness, creativity amd enthusiasm so it is recommended that a copy should be given to the Emcee a few weeks before the event for him/her to practice and to familiarize with the flow of the programme. The script also contains basic instructions on how to go about with the events, so this will more or less give you an idea on how to present each part.

Call to Order

NOTE: Test microphone before speaking.

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. May I have your attention please. We are about to begin our Dinner Reception so please find a seat and make yourself comfortable.

Let us begin this celebration with a prayer. Let us all stand, bow down our heads and put ourselves in the presence of God. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Love has been your richest and greatest gift to this world.
Love between a man and a woman which matures into marriage.
Today, we celebrate that love.
Lord for the joy of this occasion, we thank You.
For Your presence here and now and at all times, we thank You.
Protect, guide, and bless Wendell and Ivy and everyone present here.
Surround us with Your love now and always.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.


Welcome Address

A very good evening to everyone and welcome to Wendell and Ivy’s. Dinner Reception. We are done with the solemn part of the celebration and. we thank those people who were with us earlier at the Redemptorist Church for the wedding ceremony. And for those who just join in, Welcome! And so, here we are on top of the hills, here at Chateau de Busay for the most exciting part - the Dinner Reception for our newlyweds in celebration of the beginning of their new life together. So sit down, relax and enjoy the rest of the evening. 

I am Mr. Donald Sabandeja, also the Best Man and I had been given the task by the bride herself to be your emcee for tonight. We thank you all for gracing this joyful occasion especially to those who took a leave of absence from work or from school and to those who have traveled many miles just to be with us. In behalf of Wendell and Ivy and their parents, I would like to express their heartfelt gratitude for your presence at this memorable occasion. It is indeed a pleasure to have you all tonight

Introduction and Acknowledgements

Parents of the Newlyweds

Before anything else, we would like to acknowledge the key persons who took a great part of this joyous affair. For without their support, this event would not be made possible. Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure to introduce to you the Parents of the Bride, Mr. Gabriel B. Centenera and Dr. Heidi Doncillo-Centenera. A big round of applause please.  

Mr. Centenera is a retired US government employee while Mrs. Centenera is a middle school teacher in Las Vegas. They just arrived from Las Vegas last week. Sir, Madam, welcome back to the Philippines.

And of course, we are truly happy to have here with us the Parents of the Groom, Friends, let us give a big hand to Mr. Nicolas S. Auman and Mrs. Pilar C. Auman. Both Mr. and Mrs Auman are retired government employees for the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Sir, Madam, thank you so much for your support.

Grandmother of the Bride

We are also happy to have here with us the Grandmother of the bride who came all the way from the Bicol Region of Naga City. Friends, lets all give a warm welcome to Mrs. Lydia B. Centenera, Thank you Ma’am for gracing this occasion and welcome to Cebu

Principal Sponsors

We would also like to acknowledge our Principal Sponsors. Let’s start off with the ladies. Please make a stand as your name is called.

Our first lady sponsor is a businesswoman. and wife of the late Consolacion Mayor, Maximo Malagar. and one of Mr. Centernera’s closest first degree cousins. Also coming all the way from Naga City Friends, please welcome Mrs. Rita Malagar. Thank you Madam for gracing this occasion.

Our next principal sponsor is a lady with a healing touch. She is Ivy’s Aunt and is one of the best pediatricians of Cebu Doctor's Hospital. Friends lets give a big hand to Dr. Maria. Janet Porcia. Thank you Dr. Porcia for sparing your precious time with us.

Our next lady sponsor is a retired Dietician in one of Vancouver’s nursing homes. Ivy’s Aunt coming all the way from Vancouver Canada. Ladies and gentlemen lets give a homecoming welcome to Mrs. Cecilia Blahut. Thank you Madam, we hope you make the most out of your stay here in the Philippines.

Then we have our fourth lady sponsor. She is Wendell’s cousin and is currently serving as one of the Councilors of Barangay Piit-os, Friends, lets give a big hand to Mrs. Leonila Famador. Thank you Ma’am, it’s our pleasure to have you with us.

And that’s it for the ladies now we go over to the gentlemen. So again please make a stand as your name is called.

Our first gentleman is a retired Captain of the U.S. Air Force. Coming all the way from Sacramento, California, USA, ladies and gentlemen, lets all welcome Mr. Modesto Jordana. Thank you sir, we are so happy that you can be with us

Our next gentleman, works as a technical support staff for a US-based Japanese firm in Ohio. He is the fiancee of our lovely Matron of Honor, Ms. Sarah Vercide and Ivy’s soon-to-be Uncle. Traveling all the way from Portland, Indiana USA, Friends lets give a warm “Mabuhay” welcome to Mr. James Chapman. Thank you sir,and Welcome to the Philippines.

Our next gentleman sponsor is an accomplished engineer and a successful businessman rolled into one. He is also Ivy's second degree Uncle. Friends, Lets give a big hand to Engr. Frederick David Chiong. Thank you sir for being with us tonight.

Our last but certainly not the least among our gentleman sponsors, he is a Naval Architect for Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, in Balamban Cebu. Lets all give a big hand to Mr. Erlito Velasquez. Thank you sir for taking the time out to be with us.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen, our most distinguished set of principal sponsors. Let us once again give them a big round of applause.

Family and Friends

A wedding brings two people and their families together. It refreshes the family ties and friendship that have gone stale and almost forgotten against the toll of time and distance. For this allow me to give a very special welcome to all who have traveled many miles to be here with us today, We would like to acknowledge the presence of families and friends who took their time out to be here with us. So again I would like to request the people concerned to please make a stand to be recognize as you are called.

From the Bride’s Side

  1. The Vercide  Family composed of the Calalang and Molijon Family   
  2. The Centenera Family from Naga City and the Jordana Family  
  3. Mrs. Gloria Seno & Family
  4. Mrs. Rosario Remedio & Family
  5. Mr. Maximo Porcia & Family
  6. Mr. Ramonito Dayao & Family
  7. Mrs. Andrea Cosido Family
  8. The Bride’s Friends from USPF-SPED Circle headed by Mrs. Cynthia Neis

And from the Groom’s  Side

  1. Covarrubias Family  who came all the way from Zamboanga City
  2. Gregorio Auman & Family
  3. Pantaleon Auman & Family
  4. Velasquez Family
  5. Mr. Diosdado Doncillo & Family
  6. The Groom's Friends from UP – Fine Arts

We would also like to acknowledge the presence of Ret. Gen. Boy Seville, a very good friend of the bride's parents who came all the way from Las Vegas.. Sir thank you so much for being here.

Also with us here tonight and it is with great pleasure to have Rev Fr. Patrick Martin.our officiating priest for the wedding ceremony. Thank you Fr. Martin for going out of your way to be with us.

So I guess that’s about it. I hope I did not miss out anyone. If I did, please be so kind to remind me.

Entrance of the Bride and Groom

At this point I assume that everyone has settled down and we are all ready to welcome the newlyweds. May I request our lovely Matron of Honor, Ms. Sarah Vercide to please facilitate the welcoming party for our newlyweds. Tonight calls for a grand celebration and it is my distinct pleasure to introduce to you for the very first time Wendell and Ivy as husband and wife. So without any further ado, let us all rise and give our warmest welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Auman........ Music Maestro

(Newlyweds enters the hall)
Background Music: "Saphira's First Flight"
from: "Eragon" movie soundtracl.

Congratulations Wendell and Ivy and best wishes to both of you. We wish you to be blessed with a long and happy life together with your future children So there you have it ladies and gentlemen our new lovely couple. Let us again give them a big round of applause.

The bride wishes to convey her gratitude to Ms. Dornie Lapiz for the beautiful gown that she made. Ms. Lapiz please stand to be recognized.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee waits for Ms. Lapiz to stand up before saying)

Let us give her a big hand for a job well done. The gown is an adapted design of Titania from Rivendell Bridal. We would also like to thank Ms. Sheila Auman for sponsoring the bridal entourage attire. Ms. Auman thank you so much. Let us also give her a big hand.

Dove Release

The bride and groom will now do the dove release. May I request the newly weds to please come forward and each get a dove. The newlyweds would like to thank Ms. Rowena Vercide and Mr. Adonis Fernandez for providing us with this beautiful pair of doves.

(INSTRUCTIONS: While Newlyweds comes forward and prepare for the dove release, Baclground music starts playing and Emcee say the following......)
Background Music: "Long Nu Zhi Sheng " from: "Return of the Condor Heroes" TV Series soundtrack

The two doves signify Wendell and Ivy being released to start a new journey together. Like the two pairs of dove, whatever happens they will always try to seek the comfort of each other and their home together. This is where they know that they will find love A dove always choose one mate for life, and signify love, faithfulness, joy, and hope,

Wendell and Ivy are now ready so we will now release the doves. At the count of three release the doves. Ready when you are. One... Two... Three... and... off they go!!! That was really beautiful.

Bridal Waltz – First Dance

Tonight is indeed a special night and will forever be etched in the memory of our beloved couple. For tonight marks the beginning of their new life together. From this day forward they shall be one, and 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. As the saying goes, “It takes two to tango.” Ladies and gentlemen, it is once again my privilege to present to you Mr and Mrs Wendell Auman with their First Dance.

(Newlyweds dances their First Dance)
Background Music: "Moon River" instrumental version from: "Breaktast at Tiffany's" movie soundtrack.

Thank you Wendell and Ivy, Let us once again give them a big round of applause .

Grace Before Meals

Well I guess the food is now ready and dinner will commence shortly. May I call on Rev. Fr. Patrick Martin to say the grace before meals.

(Fr. Martin comes forward to say grace before meals)


Thank you Fr. Martin. So there you have it ladies and gentleman. Dinner is served. You are all hereby invited to partake dinner. You may now get your food at the buffet table. . Please enjoy your meal. And always, "ladies first"

We would like to thank Mr. and Mrs Amado Calalang and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Seville for our roasted pork and Ms. Sarah Vercide and Mrs. James Chapman for the roasted calf. Mr. Nicolas Auman for the fruits. Sir, Madam, Thank you so much for your generosity.

Table Hopping for Souvenir Pictures

May I have your attention please, I guess by now everyone had their fill of our sumptuous food prepared by Chateau de Busay. We would like to thank the Operation Manage of Chateau de Busay, Mr. Victor Millora for the wonderful accommodation and service that they are providing us here. The newlyweds would also like to say a special thank you to Mr. Arnold Arcilla for supervising in the physical arrangement of our reception.

At this point the newlyweds would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone personally for your presence. Wendell and Ivy will now go from one table to another to greet each and everyone and to have their souvenir picture taking with their guests. Simultaneously, our Matron of Honor assisted with some members of the bridal entourage will be distributing the wedding giveaways and will be routing the guest book so please stand by in your seats.

Background Music: "St. Elmo's Fire" instrumental version from"St. Elmo's Fire" Movie

Cutting of the Wedding Cake

We will now resume with our program. and its time for desert. We have here a beautiful wedding cake courtesy of Dr. Maria Janet Porcia and Mr. & Mrs Chiong. Sir , Madam, thank you so much.

May I mow request Wendell and Ivy to do the honors of cutting the wedding cake.

(Newlyweds comes forward to cut the cake.)

There you have it ladies and gentlemen, the cake has been cut. May I now request the waiters to please serve the cake to our guests.

(Waiters serves the cake to the guest.)

Best Man's Toast to the Bride and the Groom

A celebration is never complete without a toast and a bottle of good wine. Let us now bring out the good wine and pour them to our glasses. We would like to thank Mr. Gabriel Centenera for providing us with the wine… thank you Sir.

Ladies and gentlemen, it takes a strong and intelligent man to realize his dreams and achieve his goals in life and love. A man that is not afraid to live life to its fullest and embrace what is truly important. I'm here to talk about Wendell and Ivy Two people who have come together today to form a union that will surely last forever.

(INSTRUCTIONS:Best Man raises his glass and addresses the newlyweds as he speaks...)

Ivy you look wonderful. Wendell is lucky to have found such a wonderful gal to share his life with. Wendell and I has been a very good friend way back in college days in UP Cebu, Fine Arts Department and I once worked with Ivy in some research projects and I'm truly honored that they have chosen me to be their best man on this most important day of their lives. Guys, I wish you both peace and happiness in your new life together and may God bless your union.

(INSTRUCTIONS:Best Man still raising his glass and addresses the guests as he speaks...)

Everyone let us all stand and raise your glasses and join me in toasting Wendell and Ivy.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Best Man waits for everyone to stand up and see to it that everyone has raised their glasses and them say…)

Here’s to good health, happiness, good luck and prosperity to Wendell and Ivy. Cheers!!!

(Everyone makes a toasts and drinks from their glasses)

Thank you ladies and gentlemen, you may now be seated.

Well Wishes from Family and Friends

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. Wendell and Ivy are truly blessed with such wonderful parents and I’m quite sure when it comes to knowing what marriage is all about, they always have a word or two to share to their children. We would like to call on the Mother of the Bride, Dr. Heidi Doncillo to say a few words of wisdom and Best Wished to our newlyweds

(Dr. Heidi Doncillo-Centenera comes forward to convey her Best Wishes to the newlyweds)

Thank you so much Madam for that inspiring message. And now we would like to call on the Father of the Groom, Mr. Nicolas Auman to say a few words of wisdom to our newlyweds.

(Mr. Nicolas Auman comes forward to convey his Best Wishes to the newlyweds)

Thank you sir. In behalf of our male principal sponsors, we would like to call on Mr. James Chapman to say a few words to Wendell and Ivy.

(Mr. James Chapman comes forward to convey his Best Wishes to the newlyweds)

Thank you sir. Last but certainly not the least, we now call on Dr. Maria Janet Porcia to say a few words to Wendell and Ivy In behalf of the female principal sponsors.

(Dr. Ma. Janet Porcia comes forward to convey her Best Wishes to the newlyweds)

Thank you Madam, and thank you all...lets us again give them a big hand for such wonderful and meaningful speeches.

Bouquet Throw

Ok now let us all have some fun and its time for the traditional Bouquet Throw. At this point we would like to request all the single ladies to please come forward for the bouquet throw. We would also like to request the bride to come forward and take her place center stage.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee motions and waits for all single ladies to come forward)

Ladies kindly take your place behind the bride and be prepared to catch the bouquet. It is said that whoever will catch the bouquet will soon be the next bride. So is everyone in? Ready when you are at the count of three the bride will throw her bouquet. May I also request the audience to please join me in the counting.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee make sure that everyone is in place)

Ready when you are ladies. Let us now do the countdown. One….Two….Three……and there it goes.

(Bride throws the bouquet and the ladies tries to catch it.)

May I request for the lady who was able to catch the bouquet to please come forward

Congratulations Miss, May I have your name please.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee draws the microphone to the lady .)

Ok let’s give a big hand to Miss ___________. Please have a seat beside the bride and in a moment we shall find your match in the garter Toss.

Retrieval of the Garter

Before we go on with the Garter Toss, the groom is to retrieve the garter from his bride. So may we request Wendell and Ivy to please come center stage and do the garter retrieval ritual.

(A chair is brought onstage for the bride to sit. while groom kneels down at the bride's feet ready to retrieve the garter)

Ladies and gentleman the groom will now retrieve the garter from the bride.

(Groom retrieves the garter from the bride.)

There you have it ladies and gentlemen; the groom was finally able to retrieve the garter. Let us give him a big hand.

Garter Toss

Ok it is now the gentlemen's turn and we will now do the garter toss. May I mow request all single men to please come forward for the Garter Toss.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee motions and waits for all single men to come forward)

Gentlemen please take you place behind the groom and be ready to catch the garter. So is everyone ready? At the count of three the groom will throw the garter and again we request the audience to participate in the countdown.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee makes sure that everyone is in place)

Ok ready when you are guys. One….. Two……Three…… and it Goes !!!!

(Groom throws the bouquet and the gentlemen tries to catch it.)

Matchmaking Ritual

May I request for the gentlemen with the quick hand who now have in his possession the garter. Sir please come forward and take your place beside the lady who has the bouquet. Congratulations Sir. May I have your name please.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee draws the microphone to the gentleman.)

Thank you Mr. ___________, Friends lets give this gentlemen a big hand.

Now that we have already found a perfect match. The next bride and groom to be in the future. It it time for another ritual. The gentlemen who got the garter is to put it on the lady who caught the bouquet. At this point we would like to request Ms. __ _________to please have a seat while Mr. ___________ will put the garter. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. __________ will now put on the garter on Ms. _________.

(Lady takes a seat while gentleman puts the garter on her.)

There you have it ladies and gentlemen. Our new lovely pair and if it would not be too much to ask we would like the gentlemen to give the lady a quick kiss.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee waits for the gentlemn to give the kiss and thanks the pair. after.)

Thank you Mr. _______ and Ms ________, Let us give them both a big hand

At his point, we request that both of you remain onstage for the picture taking. The newlyweds will now pose with our lovely new pair.

(INSTRUCTIONS: Emcee stands aside as photographers take pictures of the pair with the newlyweds.)

Again Thank you Mr. _______ and Ms ________ for your participation, you may now return to your seats

Giving of Tokens

We are truly grateful not only for the presence but also the wonderful cooperation of our principal and secondary sponsors as well as the members of the entourage. Wendell and Ivy and their parents would like to express their sincerest gratitude for all their help and support and for making this memorable occasion a great success. We would like to request our Matron of Honor, Ms. Sarah Vercide to distribute our tokens of gratitude to both our Principal and Secondary Sponsors We also have a little something for the members of the entourage.

We thank Dr. Heidi Doncillo-Centenera for the Tokens. Madam, thank you for your generosity

(Ms. Sarah Vercide distributes the tokens.)

Message of Thanks from the Newlyweds

The night and this celebration has 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 Wendell and Ivy

(Wendell and Ivy delivers their message of gratitude.)

Closing Remarks

Well I guess that’s about everything 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.

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