“Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility.”-
Are you getting married in the not too distant future? The question has been asked, the engagement ring produced, and you have said yes to the most beautiful wedding proposal offered to you by the love of your life.
What is next?
Once the euphoria of the occasion has died down, and as much as you would like to concentrate on the beauty of your unique day, there is a significant amount of planning and organisation which needs to take place beforehand to ensure that the event runs smoothly.
It is an accepted fact that the day a couple gets married is a special day in both parties’ lives. It is the celebration of the start of a new life together where bride and bridegroom pledge to love each other until their dying day. Therefore, it is important to ensure that your wedding has been perfectly planned and executed.
The wedding reception
Wikipedia defines a wedding reception as a party or occasion which is usually held after the marriage ceremony has ended. It is meant to be a courtesy to the guests to thank them for attending the marriage ceremony as well as the first time the newly-wed couple hosts family and friends. The hosts usually provide a wide variety of food and drink, from a formal sit-down meal to an informal cocktail-type party where tables of snacks and drinks are set up at the one end of the venue so that guests can mingle and help themselves.
Furthermore, it does not matter whether you hire a wedding planner, or you plan your wedding yourself, you will still have to decide what type of wedding reception to have and what to serve. Therefore, here are ten tips to help you plan your reception:
Determine your budget
The starting point when planning any function is to determine your budget. It doesn’t help planning an extravagant dinner when you are only able to pay for a simple wedding. Once you have a budget, it’s vital to stick to it as it will help you stay on track with your expenses.
Start planning early
You need to choose a caterer, wedding venue, as well as your menu before the big day. Therefore, it is a good idea to start with these tasks as soon as possible after you are engaged to be married. As part of your menu planning, it is important to add in snacks and drinks on the guests’ tables such wedding sweets, water, fruit juice, as well as other assorted snacks. These snacks will keep your peckish guests occupied until the main reception gets underway.
Decide on the number of guests you are going to invite
Pinning down the number of guests that you can invite to the reception is a crucial part of the plan. Once you have decided on the number of people to ask, you can start determining the main menu. If you wish to have a formal evening function and you have a limited budget, it is better to reduce the number of guests you can invite. On the other hand, should it be important to invite as many guests as possible, then you can counter the additional costs by having a simple affair such as a wedding breakfast or mid-morning tea.