Mo+Boy Tie the Knot: Toasts and Thank Yous


The tent at night? Absolutely gorgeous. Perfect backdrop for our toasts to start off the party.


[My sister and cousin introduce us and the family members, in English and Cantonese!]

It was really important to me that people close to us did the introductions. I thought it would be much more personal, more familial, and I’m thankful that my sister and cousin did such a great job!

I originally didn’t want to be introduced. At all. But it seemed like it would lend some energy, so I decided it wasn’t too bad after all. And it wasn’t! Completely painless and not at all cheesy like I imagined.

(If you’d like to reenact it, click play on the YouTube video while reading.)


I loved our sweetheart table. We weren’t sitting there very much, but I still loved it.


We asked our close friends to do the toasts for us. My adorable girl pals you’ve seen in previous posts took the mic and wished us well. While looking at photos after the wedding, I realized that they were the few friends there who knew me before I met the boy, and it was very special to have them toast us.


Next up was the boy’s buddies from high school, who get props because they gave me credit for moving to San Diego and remembered that he wrote me a poem for our one month anniversary. I didn’t even remember he wrote that poem… I should really fish it out from my shoe boxes!



[The boy looks slightly traumatized and happy at the same time in this photo. I love it.]


Finally, it was our turn to say thank you to our guests. Although our DJ did a great job introducing our friends and playing music everyone liked, there was one part we forgot to go over: how to pronounce my name. Whoops. My whole life my name has been mispronounced (you’ve probably guessed it isn’t ‘Mo’ in reality) and it would have been nice to have it pronounced correctly at my wedding. Not the end of the world, just slightly annoying. After the one incident, the boy insisted on telling him how to say it correctly in case he had to introduce us again, which he did, for the first dance. Good save boy.


I’m really glad we did a thank you speech, and if you don’t totally puke from public speaking, I recommend doing so. We took turns thanking people close to us, and it was a nice way to end the toasts, and for me, have some closure to the wedding planning.

Surprisingly I could have talked longer (I despise public speaking and blush at the drop of a pin,) but we were running slightly behind schedule and I wanted to get dancing. So I wrapped things up, just as our first dance song started playing.

Thanks so much for coming, we hope you have a wonderful night.

* photos by Jessamyn Harris and Sheri Tennison Berg for Jessamyn Harris Photography

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10 comments on “Mo+Boy Tie the Knot: Toasts and Thank Yous

  1. Beautiful wedding and beautiful bride! I love the tented venue. I’ve been thinking about doing a sweetheart table, I think it would be a great time for the couple to reflect on the day and how everything’s going so far, but my fiance is against it and thinks we should be sitting with our wedding party.

  2. Love the lanterns, it takes the tent from being just a tent to a warm intimate environment. Also the video is good, it gives us a chance to see more from the day, good work, EAD

  3. @Maria: Thank you Maria! We chose a sweetheart table for several reasons. One, we couldn’t figure out where to sit without offending others who were not sitting with us. Two, we didn’t think we’d be sitting very much, and we weren’t. We barely sat at the table, and most of the time we were talking or dancing out of our seats.
    I’d definitely recommend it if you are having problems figuring out who to sit with. Our families are so big we couldn’t decide who got to sit at the head table, so we just eliminated anyone else from the table. :)
    Good luck with your decision!
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  4. I love that the lanterns have different patterns with varying colours. A great way to spruce up a marquee reception. Lighting can have a big effect on the atmosphere of any event, particularly a wedding. – Cas.

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  6. kori writes...

    Random question, but did you sell off your paper lanterns? I am looking for some in those exact colors.


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