Although the ceremony is the most important part of any wedding – because that’s the part when the bride and groom say their vows, the reception tends to require more planning because it’s a much longer part of the day. The ceremony usually lasts no longer than an hour, while the reception lasts for at least six or seven hours, so more thought needs to go into the reception, to make sure it’s enjoyable for everyone in attendance and as magical as you and your partner hoped it would be. Here are some ideas for how you can ensure that your reception is everything that you dreamed it would be and more.
Personalize everything (or almost everything)
To give your reception that unique look and feel, try to personalize everything – or almost everything. The only want to make your big day truly special is to make it unique, because otherwise, it will be just like every other wedding. The question is, how can you do that?
By choosing to personalize as much of your reception as possible, from investing in personalized wedding napkins to personalized decorations, you can ensure that your reception is wonderfully different.
There’s plenty of inspiration on Pinterest for personalizing your reception, so go on there and have a browse. Think old photos of you and your guests, bunting that spells out yours’ and your partner’s names, candles dotted around in your chosen wedding colors – there are limitless options, it’s just a case of getting inspired.
Get creative with refreshments
A lot of couples make the mistake of failing to put enough thought into their refreshments, they simply pick a couple of dishes off of a caterer’s menu, and that’s it. Don’t make the same mistake, get creative with your refreshments and find ways to make them unique.
A great way to do this is to theme the food around your wedding, as well as your personal tastes. Say, for instance, you love Mexican food, opt to have that served, or say you are crazy about Greek food, have a Greek-themed buffet or sit-down, depending what you would prefer. Don’t forget to have appetizers as well, to ensure that your guests don’t get too hungry in the lead up to the wedding breakfast.
As for the drinks, perhaps you could have a cocktail bar complete with a barman serving a selection of different cocktails? These should also include non-alcoholic cocktails, as well as alcoholic ones. For the dessert, why not opt to offer a range of desserts and allow everyone to help themselves to them? You could have frozen yogurt as well as cakes and puddings, along with an array of toppings to go on top.
For your favors, if you want to use food for them, how about alcoholic lollipops? There are lots of companies that now offer gourmet, alcoholic lollipops, and best of all, they can be personalized.
Be unique with your entertainment
As for your entertainment, make sure to tailor it to you and your partner, as well as your guests.
Obviously, music is a must – after all, it’s not a wedding without dancing – but what else can you plan to keep your guests entertained? How about having a selection of vintage board games? Or, what about having a photo booth – everyone loves a photo booth. Get creative and come up with some fun and interesting ideas, perfect for making your celebrations extra special.
There you have it, wedding reception ideas that will blow you (and your guests) away.