The wedding reception is the first time you formally receive
your relatives and friends as a married couple. Properly planned, it becomes
one of the most joyous parties you will ever host. It can be as simple and
demure as cake and punch in your home, or encompass a glorious five-course
dinner and dance.
TIPS FOR THE PERFECT CELEBRATION
your guest count, budget and what kind of location you would like, THEN
begin looking for a venue.
services of a professional consultant or coordinator can greatly enhance
and expedite the planning of your reception.
looking at sites, be sure you are looking at comparable costs. Some
facilities include tables and chairs, others don’t. Be sure to find out
what the total costs will be.
your reception spot 12 to 18 months in advance.
the bar well away from the buffet or food service area so there won’t be
to make it yours. Allow your personalities and the things you love as a
couple to be represented. You can do this through your cake topper, photo
booth props, guest ‘book’ or favors.
locations include meeting halls, hotels, restaurants or clubs. Churches
sometimes have their own halls. Gardens and historical mansions also make
for wonderful receptions.
the reception site and map out how you’d like it set up. Consider grouping
furniture to stimulate conversation without obstructing traffic flow.
sure to find out what limitations the venue has regarding other vendors.
something interactive that your guests will enjoy. Who doesn’t love yard
games during cocktail hour or a photo booth at the reception?
out the parking. Is it free? If not, consider ordering parking passes and
include them in the invitation. Arrange to pay only for those redeemed.