Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. It’s a chance to tell the world how much in love you are, and that you’re committing to loving one person for the rest of your life.

But, there are two elements to any wedding and both need careful consideration. The first is the wedding ceremony. This is when you generally have your closest family and friends witness you saying your vows. You’ll need to pick the perfect venue and organize official registrants, etc.

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It’s best to pick your venue well in advance to ensure you get it, you’re not the only one after the best venues.

Once you’ve chosen that, you can turn your attention to the second element, your wedding reception. This is usually split into the more serious side when toasts are done and a relatively traditional format is followed. You can then enjoy a more informal party.

Here’s how to plan the perfect wedding reception:

Choose Your Venue

Once you’ve set the date for your wedding and worked out how many people are coming you can choose an appropriate venue. Ideally, it shouldn’t be too far from where the ceremony is taking place. In fact, you can have the same venue for both.

Don’t forget the time of year and even the day of the week can affect the cost of your venue.

Set A Budget

You need to know how much funds you have to cover the cost of the reception. From this, you’ll need to deduct the cost of hiring the venue. What you have left will need to cover the rest of the reception cost.

That’s why you need to consider which elements are most important to you and start planning them first.

The Décor

If you’ve decided on a theme for the wedding then decorating the reception is straightforward, it will need to copy your theme. But, if you have no theme then you’ll need to take a look at the best wedding decor ideas that others have used and then adapt them to your own tastes. You’ll find professional help is really beneficial with this part of the planning.

Décor includes flowers, centerpieces, and even the favors. It’s what transforms the space from just a reception venue into a memorable and stunning centerpiece for your reception.

Don’t forget to think about whether you prefer a sit-down meal or a buffet, as well as whether you’ll need a receiving line or not.

Music & Food

With the above sorted you need to book your food and some music to create the right ambiance. There are plenty of options available and no right or wrong answer. In fact, you should go with what you and your partner like most. It is, after all, your wedding reception.

Table Arrangements

If you’re having a sit-down meal that means you’ll have to arrange where everyone needs to sit. This can be complicated but you’ll need to go with your gut, it’s the safest way of organizing the tables to ensure people get along.

Don’t forget that you may have extra guests arriving in the evening and you’ll need to be able to accommodate them. Plus, you do need to make sure everyone knows where the reception is!