Planning a wedding reception can be a huge nightmare if you do not know what to prepare. As we all know, the wedding is a sacred thing where two people, who are in love, are united in front of God. That is why it is very important to have a beautiful and joyful wedding. If you do not know what to prepare, keep on reading this article. We will help you by giving you a step by step guide.
The first thing that you need to do is to set the date before you decide on the venue. It is important to do this because some venues may be booked up to a year in advance. By doing this, you will be able to choose an alternative date if the venue is already booked.
The next thing that you need to do in planning a wedding reception is to determine the reception budget. Once you already set the date, you need to consider your budget. For your information, there are many venues that carry the minimum. So, you need to ask for this while you are deciding on the venue.
The next thing that you need to do is to decide the key elements of your wedding party. You need to decide or consider things such as either you will have an indoor or outdoor reception, the type of reception that you want to have, whether you want to have a receiving line or not, whether you want to be officially announced as you enter the reception or not, whether you plan to have toasts or not, whether there will be dancing or not, the type of photos that you like, and whether you want to do a bouquet or garter toss or not.
After you decide the key elements of your reception, it is time for you to make the seating arrangements. You can either choose to sit alone with your partner in a “sweetheart table” while usually facing your guests or you can choose to sit among your guests for a more modern and intimate feel. As for the parents, they are usually sitting together with close family and friends at their respective tables. You also need to consider to place people who know each other together in one table so they can fully enjoy the reception.
The last step in planning a wedding reception is to decide the menu. Food is one of the most important elements of a wedding party so you need to decide wisely. You need to keep in mind that some of your guests may have a dietary restriction. For this, you can discuss with your caterer to find other options. Not only that but you also need to decide whether you want to have a buffet or plated meal served at the table. As for the cake, you need to choose where the wedding cake will be placed and decide when you and your partner will cut the cake.