You’re finally married, you’ve had some drinks and yummy food, and there’s only one thing left - to party! Here are 5 tips to help ensure you make the most of your evening reception.
Talk to your DJ/band
Make sure you talk to your DJ/band about the music for the evening. They need to understand your goal and your vibe so they can play the music you and your close ones will love. Think about whether you want them to take requests, and if there are any limitations on this. Think about your “no playlist” which is those songs you both absolutely do not want playing. Music can really make or break the night, so definitely talk to each other and relay this to whoever is playing your music!
Sneak tip, ask for song requests on your RSVPs or wedding website, this way you can see your guest's favourite songs and what they want to hear played, which gives you and your DJ/band an idea of what to play to get the crowd going
Think about the food
Do you want a buffet with lots of options that your guests can choose from? Did you want some bowl food with different options or something quick, grab-and-go like pulled pork rolls? We love weddings that incorporate something personal into the evening food. Do you always have Fish & Chip Fridays at home? Then we would suggest having fish & chips as your evening food, this could be done as a food truck if your venue allows, as a buffet or even canape style as mini cones!
Take a breather
Sit back for a couple of minutes as a newlywed and take it all in! You’ve waited for this day for a long time so taking that breather to see all of your closest friends and family on the dancefloor, and having the best time will be worth it!
Have some kind of entertainment other than the music, this gives people a breather from the dancefloor and depending on what it is they could take this home as a favour.
A great option is photo booths, we have never seen a wedding where the photo booth isn’t in use all night, they’re a great hit! This is also a great option if you’re not doing favours as guests then have something to take home! You could always have something edible like a dessert station or candy floss instead, which can be added to your evening food and cake and is a nice little addition!
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Be on the dancefloor
If you’re on the dancefloor, so is everyone else! A lot of the time we see couple mingling and chatting, which is of course important to do, but you must make sure to enjoy your evening and be on the dancefloor. Guests will always join you on the dancefloor but can sometimes feel awkward if you’re not up there, so make sure you’re enjoying those tunes!
You want to make sure you are getting everything you can out of the day, so we hope these 5 tips can help you make the most of your evening reception.
Thank you for reading,
Wedding Planner and Stylist