The ceremony might be the key point of the day, but it’s the party afterwards that everyone looks forward to the most! Although it is always wonderful to see two people who love each other exchange vows, getting to dance the night away and catch up with the bride, groom, and other guests can be a lot of fun and move the celebrations into full swing. This is why it is important to pay attention to detail for your wedding reception to ensure that everyone has the best possible time.
Below are four essentials that you should have at your wedding reception to make it a night to remember.
Food and Beverages
You must provide food for your guests, particularly if there is going to be champagne and other alcoholic drinks served. As weddings take up the majority of the day, it is a good idea to organise some light bites to be served an hour or two before the main wedding feast to keep your guests from getting too hungry. Make sure that you have asked for dietary information for each guest so that there is food to cater to all of their needs. If you are going to have children at your wedding, you should also think about providing some kid-friendly dishes that they will enjoy. If you want to add a special touch to your big day, consider having some signature cocktails made for your reception that can be served before and after dinner.
Another thing that people will expect at weddings is some form of entertainment. Music is a must, so look at bands to hire for weddings or DJs to get everyone up on the dancefloor. You might be thinking about getting a professional wedding DJ that can lift the mood of the guests and keep them entertained, such as a fun photo booth with props, face painting, dancers, or even a few tables with board games for some friendly competition.
Your budget will determine how big you can go with your wedding décor, but handmade decorations and floral arrangements are still a good option if you’re trying to cut back on spending without sacrificing impression. Either way, it is important to make an effort with the décor for your wedding reception as this can help to enhance the atmosphere and transform the space your reception is taking place in. Your décor should reflect the overall theme of your wedding, but flowers and candles will always work well for a romantic mood and can be utilised for most settings.
Have a Guest Book
Once the wedding is over, it’s always nice to have some mementoes of the day to look back on in the future. While you will have some stunning wedding photos, you should also have a guest book for people to sign and leave personal notes in at your wedding reception. This can be a great way to remember who came and it can also allow guests the chance to express their thanks for being included in such a special day.
If you are starting to think of ideas for your wedding reception, make sure you have all of the above as these are essentials you won’t want to miss out on.