They say your wedding day is the happiest day of your life. It can also be one of the most stressful. Although the true meaning of a wedding is love, its easy to get caught up in everything when planning the big day. Obviously, you want to ensure everyone has a good time. After the wedding, the reception is the bit where everyone can kick back and have some fun. We’ve put together some tips on planning a fantastic reception which everyone will enjoy.
The first step to any successful event is planning. Make a start on planning as soon as you can., even if you can’t finalise things. The more things ticked off the list means less stress for you. Don’t feel like you have to do it alone. As well as your partner, friends and family are likely to be more than happy to help get your big day perfect. Assign tasks to people and make use of itineraries and spreadsheets to record your plans.
Put some time into considering where your guests will sit. The dinner tends to be at the beginning of the evening when people are still settling in. You want everyone to be comfortable and around others who they can chat and laugh with. It sounds so simple but putting real thought into the seating plan can make an impact on the whole night.
The food is one of the focal points of the day. You can go for the traditional sit-down meal or mix it up if you prefer. A buffet is a good option, so everyone has something they enjoy. Gauge your crowd and think about what they would enjoy. An interactive buffet where guests create their own meal is always fun. You could choose sushi, sandwiches or a favourite of you and your partner. No matter what you decide, ensure your food is high quality and delicious.
Obviously, music is going to be a big one for the reception. Decide if you would like a band or DJ. If you do go with a band, ensure there’s some music for their breaks so people don’t get bored. Allow the guests to make requests so everyone can enjoy their favourite music. If you want to splash out, some other entertainers like jugglers, dancers or magic acts are always a nice touch. Think about how the night will come together with the speeches, music and entertainment. Ensure the night is broken up so no one gets bored.
By the end of the night, guests might begin to get tired. Create little party packs with flip flops, gum and plasters. You could also have a tea and coffee station for guests to refresh. Ensure there’s water readily available and a cool place to sit down. The night will go more smoothly if guests are able to be comfortable and relaxed.
Similarly, people’s phones will be important to them. Everyone wants to take photos, post on Instagram and contact taxis when it’s home time. Set up phone charging stations so people are able to charge their phones. Carefully thought out things like this are what ensures people have a great night.
Little interactive activities around the venue space are a nice touch. A photo booth, guest book and even carnival games are all fun ideas. It’s nice to have something for the guests to do in between eating and dancing.
Above all, make sure that you enjoy yourself. This is your day after all. There would be no point in a day where everyone else has fun and you’re miserable. Think about what you want and what would make you and your partner happy. Don’t spend money you don’t have just to impress people. Make sure it’s a night you will always remember.
If you are looking for a fantastic wedding venue in Nottinghamshire, look no further than Eastwood Hall. Located in the charming village of Chapel Brampton, in the heart of the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, you’re sure to have your perfect day here. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.