While the wedding ceremony is the most important and memorable of your ceremonies, the reception party is the one that everyone looks forward to.
At some point or another, every bride has grabbed a screenshot or pinned a post to create a similar look for their own wedding. It’s a time to let your hair down, with lots of fun, music, dancing, and high spirits. This is going to be the largest and best party you’ve ever thrown!
For your first party as newlyweds, you have the opportunity to mix and combine pieces from previous wedding reception events or design a whole new theme. So, how would you define yourself as a couple? Are you a traditionalist, a conventionalist, or a creative thinker? Brides are turning away from traditional marigold decorations and toward more unique kinds of decor that speak to them. Personal, distinctive, and amusing elements are included in the greatest festivities to keep your guests and you laughing, discussing, and reminiscing long after the last dance.
To assist you, we’ve put up a list of eye-catching wedding reception ideas.
Select a Wedding Reception Venue
Begin investigating venues once you’ve determined an approximate wedding date. Know your budget and an approximate guest count, as well as the type of reception you want—formal seating, buffet, cocktail party, or food stations.
Take a look at your surroundings
As soon as you’re able, stroll through your venue, noting places that need to be spruced up or subdued, as well as elements to highlight—a grand staircase, stunning chandeliers, or a grove of trees, for example—and regions that need to be spruced up or reduced.
Prioritize the most important tasks
Booking the venue, hiring a caterer, and deciding on basic decor are all on your immediate “must do” list. Caterers frequently provide a variety of sample menus at various price points. Make sure there’s enough diversity on the menu to appeal to a wide range of tastes. If the majority of your visitors are carnivores, this is not the time to serve all vegan cuisine. After you’ve completed these important chores, you’ll be able to concentrate on the tiny things.
Get everything down on paper: Make sure all of your vendors have signed contracts and that you’ve read the fine print and answered any inquiries.
Accessorize Your Front Door
Elegant front-door decorations, such as swags of greenery or lanterns heading into your venue, serve as a visual greeting, whether decorating a building or a tent and guarantee that everyone’s first glance of the party is from the greatest vantage point possible.
Save-the-Dates are a great way to let people know when you’re going to
Inviting guests to mark their calendars is especially important if you’re having a destination wedding or married on a holiday. Send out these wedding reception invitations at least four months before the wedding to guarantee that the people you truly want to attend will be able to do so.
Make a backup plan
Are you planning an outdoor wedding reception? You can’t bank on sunshine, so bring a tent or choose a place that has an inside alternative in case of bad weather.
Limit the number of courses you take.
Unless the meal is the main event of the evening, such as during a small dinner party at a five-star restaurant, your menu can be as simple as an appetizer, entree, and dessert.
Display Your Appreciation
Make sure you’ve assigned someone to disburse the gratuity envelopes you’ve prepared at the conclusion of the celebration, such as the best man. All service providers, including caterers and receptionists, cleanup team, and limousine drivers, must be tipped.