Your reception is the celebration after the big event, and it is the time where people can mingle, dance, enjoy good food and celebrate you and your loved one. The key to having the perfect wedding reception is to make sure you are planning ahead. Here are some of the big decisions you will need to consider when planning a reception.
The Crowd Size
Some people love the idea of an intimate wedding with just close family and friends, but want to open up the reception to many more outside of that close circle. Knowing the average crowd size your reception will have is key to planning for every aspect of the reception, from the venue that you choose to how much food and drink you will need to provide.
Food and Drink
Another key decision you will need to make is what food and drink options you will be providing your guests. Traditionally, most couples provide a meal option for their guests that can be planned for during the invitation and RSVP process. However, this isn’t your only option. You can skip the big meal and go for a wide range of h’ordeuvres, a buffet-style dinner or breakfast bar if you want to hold the reception in the morning. When it comes to drinks, you can choose to provide an open bar, cash bar or no alcohol at all.
DJ or Live Music
Last, you will need to decide whether you want the music at your reception to be played by a DJ or whether you want to hire musicians for a live music experience. This option may come down to how much space is available in your venue and how much of your budget you want to reserve for entertainment. Because the reception is where you have the first dance, you will want to be comfortable with the option that you choose.
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