Your Go to Guide for the Perfect Wedding Reception
It’s true that the wedding reception sets the stage for a night-long party and has to be organized to perfection but you don’t have to lose your hair doing so. Here is a step by step guide to help plan a wedding reception with little to no surprises and one that your guests will remember.
Step 1: Determine your wedding budget
You could start by setting aside a realistic amount of money you, as a couple, are willing to spend on your wedding.
It’s necessary to remember that your wedding isn’t the only special event you will ever have to prepare for and reserve some savings for later events like the birth of a child, purchasing a home, financing the education of your children and perhaps taking care of your old parents.
After defining your budget, it’s may be prudent to seek alternative sources of funding by perhaps, asking each set of parents to finance an aspect of the wedding like the décor, catering, photography or the honeymoon.
Step 2: Consider the guest list size
Catering is probably the biggest expense in the whole wedding, deciding on the number of mouths you are willing to feed is therefore very necessary. Do you want a tall guest list? If yes, then be prepared to pay to spend on food and drinks.
Step 3: Consider the date and time
To choose the date for your wedding, first consider your venue’s calendar. You must know where you want to get married and find out if the venue is free that day. It’s obvious that venues that are in high demand can book up way in advance. Your task is to start your search early, find a venue within your budget, one that can hold all of your guests withoutmaking them feel cramped or uncomfortable, inquire about its availability and determine your date and time for the wedding.
Step 4: Think about the season
Thinking of the time of the year you want to get married can also help you narrow down the dates and venues that will be ideal for you. It’s obvious that venues can get a bit pricey in summer, spring and fall and less expensive in winter.
Step 6: Décor
Your wedding reception venue should not look bland. It must be inviting. This could mean hiring a florist to jazz the place up with some decorative flowers and using lighting pros for the right ambiance. It also includes selecting decorative tables and chairs and pretty china and glassware for your dining tables.
Step 5: Decide on your reception menu
Whether you decide to leave your catering in the hands of a professional caterer or a loved one with exceptional culinary skills, you will have to decide on the menu to be served at the reception.
What food will be served? Will you serve a buffet or plated meals? What kind of drinks will be served? What will be served for dessert? These are all questions to discuss with your caterer months before the wedding. Make sure to select the best catering company to provide delicious food for your guests.
Step 5: Entertainment
Some form of interesting performances should be organized to keep your guests entertained. If you wish to have a DJ, a live musician, a band or dancers to perform this role, then try engaging them way before the wedding to give them enough time to prepare for your big day.
Step 6: Favors for guests
You can offer favours to your guests in the form of picture frames, thank-you notes or photos to show that you appreciate their presence at your wedding.
These tips will help you plan the perfect wedding reception that both you and your guests will remember for years to come.