Everyone knows that the wedding ceremony is the most important part of the day, where you and your partner go from fiancé’s to newlyweds and your next exciting chapter begins. So what better way to kick it off than with a truly epic wedding reception that you and your guests will remember for years to come. Whether it be an all out bash or an intimate affair, casual or formal – the night is yours to celebrate!
A wedding brings everyone together from far and wide, when family and friends come together and there really aren’t that many events in life where everyone you love is in one place, celebrating you both and love itself. Simply put ‘the ceremony unites the couple in marriage, and the reception honours that milestone’.
Historically, wedding receptions started as a way for the bride’s parents to host a celebratory meal, typically at home, after the ceremony. Today wedding receptions come in all shapes and sizes, typically a five hour long party, the first hour being the cocktail reception, followed by the cake cutting, dinner, dancing and speeches.
Tips on how to make yours an unforgettable night to remember…
A well planned timeline will help you execute the most amazing reception and not allow for guests to be bored or waiting in between the events of the day.
- Discuss ideas and decor with your florist/dresser
Setting the scene at your venue will allow you make the most of the space and create the ultimate atmosphere for you and your guests
- Consider additional lighting
Lighting really does add the ‘piece de resistance’ to your wedding venue, see what extras you can add to bring that extra sparkle to your night.
Well placed touches, monogrammed napkins, cute and personalized favours/settings will not go amiss
From unique entertainment, custom cocktails, late night snacks there’s many ‘extra’ touches you can add to make the day your own
Making sure your guests have the most fun is key to an unforgettable wedding reception. There are some great options you can choose from including photo booths, face painters, outdoor games, DIY ‘After Dinner’ food stations (think ‘top your own donut/ crepe’, loukoumades stand, create your own late night snack or ice cream cart) or a creative guest book that’ll entertain guests too.
Creating a well planned seating arrangement can seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be! There are great online tools that will help you plus our article here ‘to seating plan or not to seating plan’ will make the task at hand much easier!
- Enlist help or Seek advice
Have some friends who have recently married or been to a wedding? Ask them what made the reception stand out or be memorable to them.
- Don’t miss out the little ones
If you’ve got younger guests attending your wedding, taking extra thought to keeping them happy and occupied will go a long way. Consider children’s entertainment, personalised colouring books or games to keep them busy and a well deserved stress free night for you and their parents!
See what’s ‘trending’ that you can include into your reception, discuss with your wedding planner or our in-house planner to see if there’s anything new and exciting that can add to your day.
..In a good way! Just as your entrance as Mr & Mrs is important, so is the ending of the night. Why not add a final surprise to wow your guests? Sparklers/Floor Fireworks or an extra small personalised gift for the guests before you get on the coach.