Wednesday 24 April 2019

Say "I Do" To These Essential Wedding Reception Tips

Okay, we know the wedding ceremony will be at the forefront of your mind when planning your wedding - this is the moment when you finally gaze into the eyes of your loved one and say those magical two words, "I do" in front of your friends and family - but you don't want to neglect your planning for the reception afterwards. For your guests, at least, this is possibly the most important part of the day - the opportunity to eat, drink, and get merry - but it's also time for you to let your hair down after the pressures of the day, so it's worth giving it some special consideration.

Here then, are the tips you need to say "I do" too when planning your wedding reception.

#1: Arrange your seating carefully
Don't play matchmaker with your single friends by sitting them together in the hope that love and romance will blossom. Don't play peacemaker by sitting together those people who have been in a decade's-long feud. Don't force people to sit with complete strangers. You need to get the seating arrangement right, as you don't want your guests to feel uncomfortable. Ensure you give people the opportunity to bring a +1, so they have somebody they know to sit next to, and arrange people in groups with people that they are likely to know and relate to. Your guests will have a better time, and you will too knowing that there are is less danger of uncomfortable silences and dinner table tantrums!

#2: Be creative with your wedding favors
While an invite to your wedding is appreciation enough for the people in your life, your wedding favors are the proverbial cherries on top! These are the take-home gifts your guests will...erm… take home with them, and can really add to their enjoyment of the day. From handmade soaps to personalized blankets, take a lot at these wedding favor ideas, and pick out any that won't break your budget.

#3: Don't forget the kids
The last thing you want is children running around and causing chaos when they have finished with their dinner, so have an action plan for them. Provide table activities for them so they don't get bored, such as colouring books, card games, and small toys. And consider designating a special room for them with hired childminders and entertainers, so their parents get the opportunity to hit the dance floor without the constant interruption of their little ones spoiling their best moves.

#4: Be creative with your food choices
When it comes to food, you don't want to do anything that is going to alienate your guests. So, while we are recommending a little creativity, you shouldn't provide foods that your guests are unlikely to eat. Fish eyes on toast anyone? Instead, offer a range of foods to appeal to most tastes, perhaps with some of these food station ideas, so you have plenty of interesting varieties on offer. This way, your guests won't go hungry because their tastes aren't covered by a set menu, and you won't suffer the equivalent of a bad Yelp review!

#5: Provide a range of entertainment
During the meal, you could have magicians and clowns going from table to table to entertain your guests. You might also have a mariachi band or a string quartet playing music in the background to create the atmosphere you are looking for. And as the night goes on, as well as a traditional DJ playing tunes to get your guests up and dancing, you might want to throw in a comedian too, or any other kind of entertainer to add variety to your evening. Of course, with your wedding budget in mind, you might also hire members of your friends and family to offer entertainment too, perhaps in the form of a talent show. Think about your tastes then, and the tastes of the people coming to your wedding, and look for entertainment ideas that will please everybody.

We hope these suggestions were useful to you, but let us know what you think. And if you have any tips of your own, perhaps from your own wedding reception experiences (for good or bad), please share them with us, for the benefit of our brides and grooms-to-be.

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