Wedding Planning 101: 10 Tips in Planning a Wedding Reception
Are you thinking of planning your own wedding? That can be stressful and overwhelming, but of course, possible. One of the things that you should arrange first is the wedding reception timeline. Below are some tips you can follow to ensure a smooth reception flow.
1. Late Night Buffet
According to professional wedding event planners, it is advisable to begin your late-night buffet at around 10:30 or 11:00 pm to give your guests time to properly work up an appetite. In case the wedding cake won’t be served as one of the desserts, you can include it in the buffet table.
2. The Parent Dances
What should you do after the speeches and dinner time? It’s time for amazing performances. The mother and son, and father and daughter dance are exciting ways to open the dance floor.
3. Slow Dances
After the couple’s performances with their parents, it’s to encourage the other guests to participate on the dance floor. Why not queue in a classic slow song? A good love music will encourage other couples to join in.
Make sure to schedule speeches between the courses. A 5-minute message should be enough, and it should be spread out throughout the night. Don’t let them proceed much longer, as much as possible. Wedding guests often prefer this flow compared to listening to around 20 long minutes of continuous speeches.
5. Speech Timing
See to it that your host knows the entire program. Once dinner has been served at the last table, he or she can introduce the next person to give a message to the couple. He should encourage the guests to continue enjoying the food, while messages are being given. If you are on a small reception space, advice the kitchen people not to wash the dishes until the speeches are finished. You wouldn’t want any competing noise.
6. The Best Man Speech
This should be done earlier in the wedding reception program. The best man may get really nervous, and drink a lot before his turn. As much as possible, he should be the first one to speak, along with the others who are always nervous.
7. Begin With Your First Ever Dance
Start the evening with the bridal party introduction. Then, proceed with your first ever dance. You wouldn’t want to think about this later on in the evening—all eyes would be on you, as the beautiful bride.
8. Cake Cutting
After the first dance, proceed with the wedding cake cutting immediately. This would be great if the photographer and videographer you hire will be leaving early that evening. He or she can take videos and pictures right then and there.
9. Bouquet and Garter Toss
Are you sticking to these traditional wedding activities? If yes, make sure to set them around 10 pm.
10. Hire a Wedding Coordinator or Planner
If you are not getting a wedding planner, at least hire a day-of wedding coordinator. You would surely need someone to take care of the catering, photography and other matters on your special day. Let go of the stress. It’s your wedding day, and you deserve all the relaxation, happiness and enjoyment.