The Ultimate Wedding Reception
Once the vows are exchanged, the newly wedded couple kiss and the photos are taken, it’s time for the wedding reception.
Planning a wedding reception can be tough, especially if you don’t know where to start. You’ve got a million concerns running through your head; will people hit it off? Have we chosen the right wedding DJ? And is there enough cake to go around?
This article will discuss how to create the ultimate wedding reception, leaving those worries at bay and creating a night to remember not just for the bride and groom, but all guests too.
It’s no longer school, but consider implementing a seating plan
That’s right – we said a seating plan. While it may be a little lame – chances are you’ve guests arriving who don’t know one another. Creating a seating plan is a great way to avoid awkwardness, allowing you to seat people who already know one another, or those you know will hit it off.
Create a playlist everyone will love, not just the newlyweds.
While it’s all great creating a playlist packed with his and her favorite songs, it may dampen the atmosphere a little. Instead, consider creating a playlist all guests will love – add a little bit of everything in there.
If you’re unsure of what to include, talk to your band or DJ beforehand – ask their professional opinion. They’ve likely heard this question a hundred times and seen the atmosphere change at a handful of weddings.
Serve food and lots of it…
There are only so many moves you can bust without going hungry. Consider adding a small buffet alongside the main meal, allowing guests to dip in and out whenever they feel like a quick bite to eat, allowing them to recharge for a solo rendition of Snow Patrol’s, Chasing Cars.
Also, consider adding an open bar. While it’s not essential, it’s a nice thought – allowing guests to relax, let loose, and enjoy your big day too. They’re here to celebrate you, so show your appreciation.
Add a picture-perfect backdrop or photo booth
To keep the party from going stale, consider adding a photo backdrop or photo booth. The more booze you drink, the better the pictures get, allowing you to create hilarious pictures and memories to hang on the fridge for years to come.
Consider adding a few props, these are usually included when hiring a professional wedding or party photo booth, but it’s worth checking whether or not these are included beforehand.
Create a photo book for your guests
If you’re after a trip down memory lane, create a photo book for your guests to look through and sign. This is a great way to share some memories and experiences, not to mention a few laughs and relatable experiences.
Either dedicate the role of passing the book around to a trusted friend, family member, or member of staff, allowing all guests to experience and witness those magical moments. Also, you’ll have a great laugh reading through these the next day, creating your very own piece of history.