The rings are exchanged, the vows have been said, and everything has been sealed with a kiss. What's next? The party! The reception is by far the most anticipated part of any wedding, because it's a time for friends and family to celebrate with you and for you to thank them for coming out to support you. So how do you make your reception the most memorable and enjoyable time for your guests? By selecting the proper venue, and following a few simple tips you will have all the tools you need to make your reception everything you want it to be.
1.) Choosing a reception venue is much like choosing a ceremony venue. You must consider the number of guest that will be attending, plus the amount of space you have to serve dinner or dance if you are planning to do those things. You want people to be able to dine and dance comfortably. Packing one hundred and fifty guests into the basement of your church, isn't wise if it's a small space. This would cause your guests to feel like sardines in a can and it wouldn't be enjoyable for anyone, especially when it came time to dance! By taking your number of guests into consideration, it will allow you to pick the best place for everyone to have a great time.
2.) If you are not planning to serve dinner, you should try to plan your wedding after lunch and before dinner that way your guests aren't too hungry. When serving only cake, you should plan to also serve a few light hors d'oeuvres such as fresh fruit, cheese, crackers, and shrimp with cocktail sauce. You might even consider having a chocolate fountain for your fruit. By providing a few extra snacks you are accommodating people who may not be able to have cake or who may be diabetic.
3.) Rock your theme! Your reception is the best time to incorporate your theme and run with it. If you're having a beach wedding, a bonfire reception is a perfect way to end the evening, complete with marshmallows for roasting! If you choose a Victorian garden wedding, a tea party themed reception is a wonderful idea. You could have different kinds of tea at each table and serve cookies, cucumber sandwiches, and other goodies you would expect to have at a tea party.
4.) When your selecting a band or DJ for your reception, remember to keep all of your guests in mind. Don't just have them play the type of music you and your friends like to dance too. Be sure to include some oldies and some nice, soft slow songs that way your parents and older relatives will have a chance to dance and celebrate too.
5.) When its time for toasts, another great idea is to provide a stand up microphone so that guest will have a chance to offer their toasts and congratulations. This will truly be a memorable moment for you and your spouse, plus it will give you guest another chance to truly get involved.
It's important to go all out when decorating for your reception, as this is where your guests will be spending most of their time. Don't be afraid to get creative and to really express yourself. You should also remember that your reception is where all the fun happens and it's important that you have a great time too. So, once your done planning and decorating, quit worrying about it! You should allow yourself to let loose and really celebrate the newest chapter of your life.
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