Wedding Reception

While wedding ceremonies are often moving and serious affairs, wedding receptions are a time for fun and celebration! While one couple”s perfect wedding reception might be another couple”s nightmare, no matter what your tastes, there are some things you can do to ensure your wedding reception is an affair to remember.

Read on to get tips on planning a perfect wedding reception!

Location, Location, Location

When planning your wedding reception, you”ll want to consider where you”ll hold the reception. Often, you”ll want the reception to be held close to the wedding ceremony. This will make it easy for your wedding guests to travel from one spot to the next.

Here are some popular spots for hosting a wedding reception:

  • a banquet hall
  • a country club
  • a public park
  • the backyard of a friend or family member
  • the church in which the couple was wed
  • the couple”s favorite bar or restaurant (Keep in mind that if you are going to have a reception in a bar or restaurant you”ll likely want to reserve a private room or rent the entire venue for a specific time period.)

When choosing a venue, you”ll want to look for one that can accommodate all of your guests and that can meet your needs. If, for example, you will be serving alcohol, you”ll want to have the reception in a place that allows you to serve alcoholic beverages. Likewise, if you will have a band or DJ, you”ll want an area that allows loud music and that features a dance floor.

When shopping around for a venue, be sure to bring a list of questions and make notes as you visit each spot.

Food and Drink

One of the most important aspects of a wedding reception is the food and drinks you will serve. While some people hire a caterer to take care of the food, others have friends and family bring dishes.

Of course, you”ll have to decide if you want a sit-down meal at your reception. While sit-down dinners can be impressive, they are considerably more expensive than a buffet-style wedding reception or a reception that offers only finger foods.

Also, you need to decide if you will serve alcoholic beverages at your wedding. If you do serve alcohol, will you feature a full bar or will you offer only beer and wine? Also, will the alcohol be free to guests, or will you have a cash bar?

Music: DJs or Band?

Many people like to have music and dancing at their wedding receptions. If you”re going to feature music at your reception, you”ll need to decide if you”ll have a band or a DJ. While a live band can be fun for the guests, hiring a band tends to be more expensive that hiring a DJ.

These days, there are a number of people offering DJ services for weddings. Often, DJs have thousands of songs and let you create a list of some of your favorite tunes to play at the reception. Also, they can take requests from guests, which can create a fun atmosphere!

Whether you opt for a band or a DJ, shop around to find one that suits both your musical tastes and your budget.