The How To’s of Wedding Planning: The Reception

The How To’s of Wedding Planning:  The Reception

It’s finally party time!! Your are officially married and now it’s time for everyone to have some fun! But don’t be afraid! You’re got this! This is the most fun, and yes, probably the most stressful part of the wedding to plan, so stay focused on creating a one-of-a-kind party that everyone will be talking about for ages!


Finding a Venue. The venue is easily the most important thing to consider for the reception. It sets the tone for every other aspect of the party. You have to consider the wedding theme, the budget and the number of guests when selecting a venue. Having a venue that’s too large ruins the intimacy, but if it’s too small people will be packed in and there won’t be any room to dance! Determine what vendors you need to bring yourself and see if there are any specific vendors that the venue uses, or if they have any restrictions on set-up, music, food, etc. Consider restaurants, hotels, museums and catering halls when selecting a venue. Each has their own pros and cons, of course, but see which one is the best fit for your vision and budget. After all, it’s you special day!

Catering. This is the next big priority because who doesn’t love food? Some venues provide in-house catering and others don’t. Check to see which services your venue has, and if it’s off-site, ask if there are preferred vendors to consider. Discuss whether you and your fiancè would like a sit-down or buffet-style dinner. Have tasting sessions with your venue.
As for cakes, they may or may not be included in the catering package, so double check with the venue. Finally, the bar. Everyone loves to have a good time at weddings, so consider open or cash bar options. Signature drink options always add a personal touch. And don’t forget about any guests with dietary restrictions; be sure to speak with the venue beforehand to address any of these concerns!

Decor/ Layout/ Music. The decor can either enhance the beauty of the space or distract from it, so choose linens, centerpieces, and lighting that compliment the venue. Again, see what you need to bring and what the venue provides. For seating, you can have a table for the bridal party or just a sweetheart table; it’s ultimately your choice, choose what suits your personalities and ensures you will be comfortable and able to enjoy yourself. Arrangements get tricky, so talk it out and see what makes sense for seating. No one wants the ex-friends or feuding family members to distract from the party! Kid’s tables are not necessary, but a good options if there are any children at the reception. (Provide a simple menu for them too. Chicken nuggets and fries, please!) Music sets the tone for the party, so be diligent in choosing bands, DJ’s or any other entertainment!

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