Serendipity Photography on Wedding Receptions

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The icing on the cake of many wedding days is the reception, this event is a wonderful opportunity for bride and groom to let their hair down (after all those months of planning!) and celebrate with family and friends. Serendipity appreciates that whilst each wedding reception has its own unique atmosphere, theme, scale, and location (as distinct as the couple themselves) there are certain traditions such as: the first dance, speeches, bride and groom’s toast and the cutting of the cake, which remain important components of the event.

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We have brought together a selection of useful advice, planning tips and of course wedding day photographs! to inspire couples in the lead up to your big day.

serendipity photography reception

First Dance

As hosts, the bride and groom carry the important responsibility of setting the tone for the celebration. Their first dance as husband and wife is of both symbolic and practical relevance. Generally the first dance will take place sometime after the main course and directly after the cutting of the cake.

Traditionally, the bride and groom will be the first to dance. The father of the bride will dance with his daughter and the groom asks his mother to join him in a dance. Now the rest of the guests can join the couple on the dance floor! Partners change once again, with the groom’s father stepping in to dance with the bride as the groom dances with his new mother-in-law. This choreographed inclusion can be seen as symbolic of the groom’s family welcoming the bride into his family. When the bride and groom make their way to the dance floor, many of the guests are still seated; the first dance is an invitation for friends and family to join the couple. Taking the event from formal to celebratory.

Serendipity Photography highly recommend the option of private dance lessons before your wedding day. Whilst many grooms may drag their feet at this prospect, it’s definitely worth persevering, for many couples surprise themselves and find the experience truly enjoyable. A professional dance instructor gives you the creative flexibility of choosing many aspects of the dance theme, such as song and dance style, as well as the confidence to deliver your dance in front of family and friends.

When selecting an instructor, ask about their experience with wedding dances. An instructor experienced in wedding dance is worth their weight in gold and will make valuable suggestions about things that you may not have considered, such as bustling your gown and practicing in your wedding shoes. Remember that sometimes grooms are a little reluctant in taking dance lessons, so be sure you find an instructor who makes learning for your man fun and easy. For more inspiration follow the link to this great selection of Wedding dance advice,  a useful Wedding dance directory and some music suggestions First dance song ideas.

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The dancing is a much anticipated and enjoyable part of many wedding receptions, a time when guests can have fun with the couple, listen to the music and enjoy themselves after the formalities (and of course show off their best dance moves!) It is also a natural way for the newly married couple to display their love for each other. Perhaps surprising and entertaining their guests with a unique choreographed dance routine. Serendipity love the diversity of poses and the lively facial expressions that can be captured during the dances. If your reception is in the evening, the ambient lighting (such as a disco ball, smoke machine or coloured lights) are the perfect backdrop for wedding photography full of vibrant atmosphere and tones.

Cutting of the Cake

The wedding cake is a tradition that began in the Roman Empire. The color of the cake is typically white to symbolize purity. The action of the bride and groom cutting the cake is meant to symbolize their first joint task in married life. The cutting of the cake is often followed by the couple feeding cake to one another — a symbol of the commitment bride and groom are making to each other. Today there are many options for your wedding cake. From the traditional white iced fruit cake, to one off creative cake designs. Serendipity recommend following the link to this excellent website with information on the top 28 wedding cake businesses in Victoria: Wedding cake suppliers.

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Reception Locations

Melbourne is home to a beautiful selection of Reception Centres. Have a look at the links below, which lead you to a selection of new (and much loved) pages focusing on some of the top locations around Melbourne, including Serendipity’s favourite wedding photography venues. We are always delighted by the abundance of photographic opportunities which arise when capturing weddings at the below venues. When vibrant atmosphere, great service and delicious catering are combined with great interior design, elegant décor, modern facilities and in many cases: spectacular views, the result is a wedding reception of the highest calibre. where experience and celebration is matched by beautiful wedding day photography.


Bililla Mansion and here


Rippon Lea

Leonda by the Yarra and here

Red Scooter



Stones of the Yarra Valley

Manor on High


Quat Quatta


For a comprehensive list of locations, as well as further inspiration on all aspects of the wedding reception, follow the link to Serendipity’s new page dedicated to Wedding Receptions 

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