If you are in the process of planning your wedding, you have probably thought more than once about how you can make your wedding reception one that everyone will remember for the right reasons. From choosing the perfect wedding venue, thinking about your menu and putting together a playlist that will have everyone on their feet, whether they have had dance classes or not, there are plenty of things that you will need to bear in mind to put together a great wedding reception.
Fortunately, it does not have to be complicated, and at the end of the day, as long as you are surrounded by the people you love, it will be an event that you will remember for the rest of your life. However, if you want some tips on how to throw a brilliant wedding reception, here are a few to get you going.
Consider how you are going to decorate the venue
Theme-based ceremonies are increasingly popular, and if you use one during your ceremony, you will want to make sure the theme continues at your reception venue to offer your guests a sense of continuity throughout the night. Your venue may even be able to provide you with tablecloths and chair covers, napkins, and other simple accessories that can help tie the area together. Other décor options include uplighting the room’s corners and some beautiful table centerpieces.
What food are you going to serve?
If the catering at your reception is not up to par, the rest of the night’s festivities may appear less impressive in the eyes of your guests as a result. Having excellent food is essential to ensuring that everyone has a nice time, so take your time locating the ideal caterer and tasting prospective menu items. Various food alternatives are available throughout the night, depending on your tastes and dietary restrictions. For example, during cocktail hour, you can have tables with food placed up as your guests arrive, or you can have a butler serve around trays of hors d’oeuvres while your guests mingle and mingle.
As the main course, you may either serve plated cuisine that visitors can choose from ahead of time, or you can set up a buffet that everyone can help themselves to. If visitors begin to feel hungry again toward the end of the night, you can always provide an assortment of desserts or even a more creative choice, such as a build your sundae bar, to satisfy their craving.
Don’t let the speeches go on for too long.
While speeches and toasts are a tradition at every wedding reception, having an excessive number of them or allowing them to stretch on for a long time can make your guests feel sleepy and dampen the overall ambience of the event. When it comes to toasts, it is all about putting quality over quantity and selecting a few very significant speeches to showcase the emotion of the evening rather than taking up a valuable half-hour of dance time. Keep the number of toasts and speakers to a bare minimum to prevent going overboard, and invite only those people who have had a profound impact on your and your partner’s lives to speak.