Each year in the United States, millions of couples marry. Most of these couples elect to have a marriage ceremony in one location, and a wedding reception afterwards, to celebrate with all of their guests. For some couples, wedding receptions tend to be the focus of the whole event. And it’s no wonder because there’s nothing better than a party to celebrate a couple’s lifelong commitment to one another.
If you are getting married soon and are in the process of planning your wedding, make sure to consider these dos and don’ts for wedding receptions:
DO hold a wedding reception that reflects your personality. With couples everywhere getting married, no one wants to have a cookie cutter wedding and reception. Whether you want to focus on a shared interest between partners, such as sports, art, or music, or you want a particular location, such as outdoor wedding venues, then do what makes you happy.
DON’T feel like you have to have a strict theme for your wedding. Sometimes a couple’s personality can shine through without meticulous planning. Also, it’s your wedding, so don’t compare it to other couples’ weddings and receptions.
DO hire an event planner to help lift some of the stress of coordinating your reception. Many banquet halls and party venues have event coordinators on staff to help with every aspect of your special day. Your event planner can work with you up through the day of the wedding and/or reception, and he or she can coordinate catering, cakes, and decorations at your chosen wedding reception venue. On the day of the event, your event planner can also make sure your guests are comfortable, are fed on time, and stay on a schedule for dancing and mingling.
DON’T focus on the invitees who miss the wedding. Inviting family and friends to a wedding usually means that there will be some who are unable to make it. It can be upsetting when a close friend or family member is unable to travel, has another wedding to attend during a busy wedding season, or has an emergency cancellation. Make sure to pay attention to the guests who do make it. They have joined you to help celebrate your wedding, so be sure to be gracious hosts.
DO make sure you hold your wedding in a venue of the appropriate size and with the right amenities for you and your guests. There are plenty of beautiful wedding places and reception venues that can accommodate parties of all sizes. Make sure there’s enough room for eating, dancing, and socializing for all guests. Also, if you have any special requirements, such as your own catering, an open bar, or a band or DJ, clear it with venue staff first.
DON’T be rude to event staff or expect them to read your mind. Make sure to communicate your expectations openly and clearly with planners. Your event coordinators are professionals, and they help host hundreds of weddings and wedding receptions each year. Be honest and up front about what you want, and they will do all they can to make your day perfect.
If you have any questions about hosting wedding receptions, contact a venue as soon as possible. Spots fill up fast, so if you’re looking for the best wedding places and reception halls, make sure to start your planning and book a date as soon as possible.