Planning Your Own Wedding Reception? Here’s How To Do It Right

Planning Your Own Wedding Reception? Here’s How To Do It Right


When you’re planning your own wedding, you can be in for a bit of a rollercoaster ride. Every bride wants her wedding to be spectacularly beautiful. The dress has to be perfect, and the venue sublime. The ceremony should be full of romance and emotion. There will be gorgeous bridesmaids, and everyone else will be dressed in their best outfits and hats. What could be more spectacular?

But getting married is just one small part of your wedding. After the Wedding March has played, the confetti is thrown, and the photos are taken, you still have the wedding reception. This is a huge event in itself, and will require even more planning than the actual wedding. It lasts longer, and there are often more guests invited to this part of your big day. Getting it to be as perfect as your wedding is a challenge.

Wedding planning is a huge undertaking. But the ceremony itself lasts only a few short minutes. The celebration or reception afterward can go on into the wee hours. The first thing you need to do is arrange the venue. Wedding reception venues are often booked up months in advance, so you will need to make your commitment early. You will also need to pay your deposit early, so have the money ready.

The kind of venue you will need could be based on your guest list. Some venues are licensed for your marriage ceremony to take place there too. This could save you a lot of time and trouble with travel and expenses, so it could be worth considering. But if you have your heart set on that cute little chapel, you will need another venue for the ‘after-party’.

Music, drinking, and dancing are a traditional part of the wedding reception, but not all venues are licensed. Check with your preferred venue that they are covered. Some venues provide all the catering, music and decorations. There will be a higher charge for this, but it could take the pressure off your planning to go for this option. You will need to decide if you want a light buffet, or a three-course sit down meal. The latter option is usually costed on a per-head basis.

Your wedding reception is the venue for your first dance with your husband. You will want to make sure the venue you have chosen includes a dance floor and a sound system. It is also the place where all the toasts are made. You may want to choose a private function room rather than the pub down the road for some of the toasts! You will also be cutting the cake at the reception. Make sure your venue has a knife available for you.

Weddings often have a few hiccups on the day, but nothing should spoil the beauty of the occasion. If you have to travel between the ceremony and the reception, be sure your chauffeur knows to hang around for you! Some guests may benefit from you laying on the transport. A coach hire could be expensive so make sure your budget includes it. Have a perfect wedding day.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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