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10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Throw an unforgettable wedding reception with these top tips!

After your wedding ceremony, it’s time to celebrate your marriage with a fabulous reception. This once-in-a-lifetime party needs to be something special and you’ll want your guests to remember it for all the right reasons. We’ve put together this guide, packed full of wedding reception ideas, that tells you how to plan the perfect party. It’s time for us to share the secrets for a successful wedding reception…

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

1. Think about your guests

When you start planning, think about making your guests as comfortable as possible. This means plenty of seating, easy parking, baby changing facilities and all those other little things that make sure your guests are relaxed and happy from the moment they arrive.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Danielle Victoria Photography taken at Sandhole Oak Barn

2. Opt for easy entertainment

Remember to include entertainment that guests can join in with whenever they want. Lots of people love the opportunity to chat with friends and family so make sure whatever you plan is optional – don’t force guests to join in! Garden games, photobooths and even wandering entertainers all work perfectly.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Daffodil Waves Photography taken at Mythe Barn

3. Focus on food and drink

Everyone will always remember the food and drink so this is important! No one wants to be hungry or thirsty during the day so structure your menu so there’s lots to look forward. It’s also worth keeping in mind that guests are likely to be feeling peckish after your ceremony, particularly if they’ve been travelling and have missed lunch. Also, you want to party late into the evening, substantial snacks will keep everyone going!

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of White Stag Photography taken at Blackwell Grange

4. Give guests time

Make sure that your schedule for the day has plenty of ‘buffer time’ built in. This means that guests won’t feel rushed and there’s plenty of time for conversation and relaxed fun. No one wants to feel that they’re being marched through the day or that sticking to a super rigid time plan is more important than enjoyment. Avoid the temptation of cramming too much into your day.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Jackson & Co Photography taken at Clock Barn

5. Create the right atmosphere

If you want people to relax, set the mood with music, an unhurried pace and lots of space for your guests. If you want to get everyone in the mood for a party during the evening, add in some cool lighting, louder music and try to keep your guests together a little more. If you can create the right atmosphere, your wedding reception will be a huge success.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Suzy Wimbourne Photography taken at Sandhole Oak Barn

6. Plan with personality

Your wedding day needs to reflect you and it needs to be a day that you’re comfortable with. So, if you’re known for your laidback approach to life, don’t plan a really formal wedding because that won’t feel right to you or your guests. Talk to the events team at your venue and let them suggest things that will suit your personalities. Guests want to be able to link you to your wedding and when they can do that, they instantly relax and enjoy themselves.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Tom Halliday Photography taken at Swynford Manor

7. Make sure there’s always an option

As much as you might want everyone to pack the dance floor all night long, it’s not really realistic to think that all your guests will be able to party until late. Think about creating a seating area for older guests (or for anyone who just needs a space away from the main party) so that they can step away when they need without having to leave completely.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Cotswold Pictures taken at Curradine Barns

8. Choose your suppliers carefully

Your suppliers will have a massive impact on the successful of your wedding reception so choose them carefully. Ask your venue for recommendations and do you research to make sure that everyone you book suits your style and understands what you want from your day.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Daffodil Waves Photography taken at Mythe Barn

9. Don’t be afraid to be different

If there’s something that’s important to you or if you want to include some unique wedding ideas in your plans, go for it! Guests will always react well to anything that’s unusual, fun or that they can see has a link with you. However, it can be useful to prep a few people beforehand so that they can show your other guests what to do or how to get involved.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Tom Humphries Photography taken at Curradine Barns

10. Go home on a high

End your party with a bang rather than letting everything just fizzle out. This could mean choosing a special song for a last dance, arranging a sparkler send-off or setting out your wedding favours for guests to take as they leave so that everyone leaves with a smile on their face. Finally, make sure that taxis are called and everyone can get home without problems so that your wedding reception is perfect from start to finish.

10 Secrets For A Successful Wedding Reception | CHWV

Image courtesy of Guy Collier Photography taken at Rivervale Barn

 

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