We get upstairs to the restaurant and everything was going smoothly. I took a few minutes to put stuff down in the Bride's Room, get settled and went out to greet guests. W's fatigue was starting to get to him. I was standing close to the registration table, so I was there to witness a few biffs in the table layout. Something got changed in the table layout and the numbers didn't make it onto the list version. But it all got sorted out.
At 7:00pm, we decided that it was time to start. I asked Helen to take over the registration table for about half an hour.
I had the opening theme for Star Trek: First Contact as accompaniment to our entrance. The timing was PERFECT here again. M and M were introduced first. The music crescendo'ed into the first forte burst just as they rounded the corner into the restaurant. C and B were next and then W and me. I don't know how many people actually got the Star Trek reference. I know K, B and G must have. =)
They introduced the families after we got seated at the head table. This went REALLY well. We knew that TP, an old highschool friend of ours, was really nervous about doing the family intros in Cantonese. He said that he hadn't spoken Cantonese in EONS and he thought he didn't speak all that well to begin with. I remembered him being fluent back then. I was beginning to worry too. Not worrying that he would suck but worrying that we were putting too much pressure on him.
But his Chinese is exactly as I remembered it. And it was perfect. TP was perfect too. Throughout the evening, TP and TL introduced/explained everything in three languages. It was just the way I wanted my wedding to go.
After the introductions, they started clinking the dinnerware with the chopsticks to signal that they wanted us to kiss. W and I did a really quick peck that most of the cameras missed. There was a loud "What was THAT?!" from the audience and they started clinking again =P We did another one and held it a bit longer for the cameras =)
Fear of all fears, the food was late.