Planning your wedding reception is one of the most important parts of wedding planning. The ceremony is important, and so is the bridal shower, but the reception is the part that you will never forget. Your guests look forward to the reception all day, so you want to make sure it’s perfect. Here are some planning tips to make sure your reception goes off without a hitch.
The reception has so many elements to it, and you want to get most of the planning done well in advance. Most brides pick their venue eight to 12 months before their wedding. You have to book your DJ, caterer, desserts, table linen rentals, and more for the reception, and you don’t want to leave anything until the last minute. Also remember that the average cost of a wedding reception was $13,106 back in 2012, so you want to be able to plan and budget for everything accordingly.
Put together a schedule
Your wedding day will be jam-packed with activities, so you want to create a schedule to make sure you don’t waste any time. Your guests will not appreciate having to wait around, especially if they’re waiting for food! You should plan your cocktail hour to be about 45 minutes to an hour, and your reception should stick to a timeline of about five hours. Your guests will be able to enjoy the festivities without exhausting themselves, and you will too.
Be like Goldilocks
Goldilocks wanted everything to be just right, not too hot or too cold. When you’re planning your reception, you want to follow the same rule. Keep the temperature “just right,” and make sure the lights are too bright or too dim. Also, remember you don’t want the music to be too loud or too soft. Your wedding vendors will able to out to create a good balance for your reception.
The best thing you can do is stop by your venue about a week before the wedding to make sure everything is all set. Your vendors are there to work with you to make sure you’re reception is as great as you have always dreamed it would be.