Best wedding reception ideas and planning tips
Your reception site sets the stage for the entire party. Think about your wedding style, your guest list size and the general mood you want to set as you tour venues.
Finding the Perfect Reception Location
What exactly should you look for in your reception location, aside from that sense of rightness you know you’ll have the moment you find the most perfect spot?
Shopping for a site is like finding a mate, a test you’ve obviously mastered. You should be looking for the same sorts of things like: charm, personality, depth, more than just a pretty face or perfect body (although looks do count!). Take along this list of what to look for from the Knot website (theknot.com) when you’re ready to start looking.
Large and comfortable area
First, make sure the room is large enough to accommodate the number of people
of your guest list and where they can move around freely and comfortably. The space may look very large when it’s completely empty, but not when you factor in the wedding essentials such as: tables, chairs, a buffet, the band or DJ setup, the dance floor, etc… Not to mention your guests, who’ll need plenty and substantial space. Even if you choose an outdoor site, you’ll need enough room on the lawn, or poolside. What’s the best way to assess the size of a site?
Ask to check out the place when another wedding is being set up! Of course, if you decide you must have your wedding at your favorite bar (the one with only one bathroom, two booths, and 4 feet of floor space), you can always work backwards and tailor your guest list to match.
Also a good way to save some money is to keep the wedding at friends and family. What friend or family member has a beautiful backyard? You may want to think about holding your reception there. You may even think about having it on the beach for quick nuptials.
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