The reception is usually the single largest expense in any wedding. Times, cultures and economic temperment are having effects on the historical and traditional flavor of receptions, thus putting a spin on this celebratory segment of the wedding event. With this in mind, here are a few thoughts to ponder.
- Leave the reception before your guests. It used to be the “rule” that the couple changed into their “traveling clothes” and left the reception to begin their honeymoon, but today’s couples have challenged that tradition and are often the last to leave! There are times, though, that this poses sort of a waiting game…no one is sure who should leave when, so no one does, which can leave an awkward taste for some guests. Do your family and friends a gracious favor by leaving your incredible party before everyone starts to nod off!
- Do your reception WELL, no matter your budget! Do what you can afford to do and do it beautifully. Switch days, times, venues…whatever gives you the most beautiful reception within your budget. Skimping always shows, so don’t try to reach for a level above what you can afford.
- Let the focus of the reception be your guests. This is a huge celebration and you are the host, and hosting means focusing on the guests. The first rule of entertaining is that you consider the time and attention of your guest, meaning cut down the time between the ceremony and reception. Don’t make them wait several hours between events, and work hard to have the venues for each close together. Be considerate…two hours between the two is too long, and driving more than an hour to get from one to the other is asking too much.
- Cut down the guest list. Surveys have shown that after several years, couples look at their wedding photos and are amazed by the number of guests that they cannot name, so inviting only those who matter to you may prevent regrets later.
Your New Beginnings Team
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