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7 Tips for Planning Your Wedding Reception

With picturesque white sand beaches and favorable weather for much of the year, warm and sunny areas are a popular site for a destination wedding. The ceremony represents only half of the planning process; you also have to plan the reception. This can be a challenge; you have to think about the comfort of your guests while continuing the same aesthetic from your wedding, and you may not be able to visit the reception venue as often as you would like beforehand if you are planning a destination wedding. Here are some tips for making your wedding reception a fun and memorable experience for you and your guests.

1. Choose a Location That’s Close to the Wedding Venue

Many people plan a romantic ceremony on the beach and then have to worry about transporting the wedding party and guests to a reception venue many miles away. It can be a logistical nightmare, and it can cut into the time you have available for photography, eating, dancing, etc. You don’t have to have the reception at the same location as the wedding ceremony, but the closer the two locations are, the easier you can make it on yourself. If the reception venue is a ballroom at a hotel, you can make things easier on your guests by reserving blocks of rooms where they can stay if desired.

2. Consider Amenities

Due to year-long heat in popular wedding areas like Florida and California, swimming pools are commonplace. Attractive pool designs Pensacola can add a certain ambience to your wedding reception even if no one is swimming. If the venue is a hotel where your guests will be staying, they can take advantage of the swimming pool before or after the ceremony and reception.

3. Give Your Guests Enough Space

While aesthetic considerations are important, your guests’ comfort takes precedence. Whether your wedding is intimate or large, be sure you choose a venue that offers sufficient space to seat all of your guests without them bumping into one another. Don’t overcrowd the tables.

4. Continue Your Wedding Theme

The venues that you choose for the reception and the ceremony itself should match one another. In other words, if the ceremony is an airy, beachy, casual affair, the reception shouldn’t be super-formal. The design aesthetic from the ceremony should carry over into the décor for the reception as well. Most often your reception décor should be uniform unless you are particularly going for a rustic feel.

5. Choose Appropriate Entertainment

While some couples hire performers such as magicians or dancers for their receptions, entertainment at a wedding primarily means music. Most people opt for either a band to play live music or a D.J. Both can be good options based on your particular tastes and budget. Bear in mind that if you hire a band, you will probably have to give them at least one break.

Another popular option for wedding music is karaoke. Before opting for this, gauge your guests’ comfort level for performing, as well as your own because your guests may expect you to participate. With the right crowd, karaoke can make for fun wedding entertainment, but it can also be awkward and uncomfortable if the majority of guests are not up for it.

6. Consider Your Guests’ Comfort

While planning your wedding reception, it can be easy to take furniture, particularly chairs, for granted. However, seating will be your guests’ respite when they need a break from dancing. Therefore, your chairs should not only be in continuity with the overall décor, but they should also be comfortable for your guests.

7. Provide Artful but Sufficient Lighting

The lighting does a lot to enhance the mood of the reception. However, be sure that the light level is sufficient that people can see what they are doing. There is nothing romantic about a trip and fall.

Your wedding reception can be a warm and magical experience for you and your guests. However, be sure not to focus so hard on aesthetics that you neglect the practical considerations.