After the exchange of vows, is the highly anticipated wedding reception. And while the bride and groom may want nothing more than to peel out of their ceremony apparel, slip into something more comfortable and just relax; your guests are looking very much forward to celebrating by socializing, having a bite to eat and enjoying the festivities.
Your guests deserve it, after all. Their happiness is warranted. They’ve undoubtedly cleared their schedules, traveled long distances, hired babysitters or taken off from work – just to come and spend the day with you. It’s important that you reward them with a joyous and relaxing wedding reception, which will still be fresh in their minds when they go home.
Understandably, the wedding reception costs are usually higher than the ceremony itself. With beverages, food, entertainment, photography and décor, it’s no wonder your reception expenses can start to rack up. However, you can show your guests a great time by considering a few of these tips when planning your wedding reception.
There’s nothing worse than driving miles to get to a wedding ceremony, only to have to drive out of your way to go to the reception. Consider the proximity from the wedding ceremony location to the reception location. Being mindful of increasing gas costs, this will give your guests a little piece of mind and ensure that they don’t get lost!
Check to determine if the reception location has ample parking to fit your guest list. Guest won’t want to walk long distances or put money in a parking meter to go to your wedding reception. Also consider their safety, by making sure there is adequate lighting or finding out if there is security to keep your guests safe.
If you decide to hire a DJ or a band, consider having a variety of music played. If you have lots of younger, college-aged guests, you may want to play popular music that is well-known. On the other hand, if you more of your guests are older, consider playing classic music from earlier eras. It’s always best to mix it up and have music from different genres so that everyone in attendance can enjoy themselves.
Planning a menu can be challenging for any venue. When planning your wedding reception menu, consider guests’ tastes and diets. Ask yourself questions like:
- Do I need Kosher food?
- Does anyone have food allergies?
- Should I offer an alternate menu for vegetarians?
Your guests will be able to tell that you took the extra step to make them happy.
A great way to please guests at your wedding reception who choose to drink is to offer a small variety of alcoholic beverages. Beer and wine are most common, but also consider drinks like margaritas. Margaritas can be made with or without alcohol and is a great alternative for your guests that want neither beer nor wine.
Your guests will have a wonderful time at your wedding reception if you take into account a few of these suggestions. They will be relaxed and enjoy themselves, which will be good news for the bride and groom as well!