Your Guide To The Perfect Wedding Reception

Planning a wedding reception takes a lot of work, which is why it’s important to do your research and read up on the best advice. Last month in Modern Wedding Magazine, there was an entire mini mag dedicated to planning the perfect reception which was a fantastic read for new brides who are just beginning their wedding planning journey.

Besides having one of our weddings featured on the front cover (yeah, we’re pretty excited), the mag is filled with great advice and ideas for planning a night to remember. We’ve read through it all and pulled together our own guide for planning the perfect wedding reception based on our experience coordinating weddings at our venues.

Guide To The Perfect Wedding Reception

Choose Your Venue

The wedding planning journey often begins with choosing the perfect wedding venue. Some key considerations for choosing your perfect venue include location, guest list, budget and style. The benefit of booking at a specialist wedding venue is that their wedding packages are all-inclusive (meaning food, drink, staff, room hire and in some cases, styling are all covered in the one price). Discover more about our in-house House of Doltone styling service.

Plan Your Schedule

Your MC, event coordinator, wedding planner or maid of honour will be responsible for ensuring the key events of your reception schedule are running on time and to plan. Some well-known wedding traditions couples like to include in their schedule include speeches, cutting of the cake, the first dance and the bouquet and garter throwing. You can find a good traditional wedding reception schedule on The Knot.

Guide To The Perfect Wedding Reception

Inject Your Style

Most brides these days hire professional stylists for their wedding receptions. Besides having the experience and resources needed to create breathtaking events, it also means you can relax more on the day, trusting that everything is taken care of. Choosing a style and a colour theme is the first step. Then you can work with your stylist to decide on fabrics, floristry, furniture and table settings. View some of the work from our House of Doltone wedding stylists.

Seat Your Guests

The goal of a seating plan is to keep guests organised and get people chatting. For some families, there is less to consider than with others. You want to make a point of seating guests with people they get along with and who are like-minded. Some things to consider are keeping couples together, separating divorcees, seating elderly people close to bathrooms and having a separate parents table.

Image credits: 1. Michal Kriesch Photography | 2. Blumenthal Photography | 3. Mark Jay Photography

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