Planning your wedding may just be one of the most stressful things you will ever do in your life. It rivals moving home and having a baby. One way you can reduce this stress is to start focusing on separate areas of the wedding. Seeing the wedding as a whole can be very overwhelming. However, focusing your time and energy on one area at a time will be manageable and certainly less overwhelming. If you try to plan too much at any one time, you may overlook a crucial detail that you wanted to include. Focusing on the wedding reception as soon as you can is going to give you a good starting point. It will allow you to start planning out the rest of the day’s events.
Secure the Perfect Venue
The venue that you select will set the tone for your whole reception. If it is too small, or does not cater for wedding receptions, it will have an impact on how your whole day feels and looks. To secure the perfect venue, you need to carefully think about what you want. For example, do you want a venue that is small and quaint? Or, are you looking for a venue that accommodates a larger number of guests? Do you want a venue that is close to where you are getting married (or saying your vows), or are you happy with a little drive? Decide on three key things that are important to you and then base your search around these key areas.
Create an Awesome Menu
The bride and groom will be the main talking point at any reception, but so too will an awesome menu. If the food and drink that is offered at a reception is not meeting the guests’ expectations, then they will talk. To ensure this does not happen, you need to put together a memorable and awesome menu, and one that is filling yet creative. Looking at wedding reception catering packages, speaking to caterers, and thinking about what you want to be featured on a menu is crucial. If your preferences and ideas are not present within the wedding reception, then you may be left feeling disconnected.
Choose the Best Entertainment
After guests have eaten and drank their body weight, they are going to expect entertainment. When you choose the best entertainment, think about what you want and think about your guests too. A dancefloor and music may be essential, but would you like a live band too? Do you want a host that interacts with your guests and engages them? What do you like to see from entertainers, and what is important to you?
Work Around a Theme
All good wedding receptions have a theme, and they have an idea about the décor and design. Without this central theme, you may find that a wedding reception feels very pieces (or patched together). A theme may be around something unique to you as a couple. Or, it may feature where you first met, or part of your first date. A theme will help you connect all elements of your wedding reception.