6 secrets to throwing a stand-out wedding reception
From hiring a great DJ to offering alternative activities, these simple yet effective tips will help you to throw a wedding party that your guests will love.
You’ve said your ‘I do’s’, laughed and cried at the speeches, and cut the cake, and now it’s time to relax and enjoy the party. Here are some tips to help you throw a stand-out wedding party that you and your guests will love.
Hire a great DJ or band
The quality of your entertainment can make or break your wedding reception, and good music is an absolute must. With this in mind, be sure to hire a great band or DJ who will get everyone up on the dancefloor. Ask for recommendations from friends, family and your venue, and meet with potential suppliers before booking to make sure that they ‘get’ your vision and can meet your requirements.
While a good live band is great for adding atmosphere, hiring a DJ is sometimes a better option as they can often offer more flexibility when it comes to the playlist, and will be able to take requests on the night. You could even involve your guests by asking them to include a song request on their invitation response.
Stick to your schedule
After the seriousness of the ceremony and formality of the wedding breakfast, your guests will be itching to let their hair down and hit the dance floor. So, try to stick to your schedule and do your best to avoid things which could cause a delay, such as late arrivals or over-long speeches. Your guests will thank you for it.
Plan a surprise
Everybody loves a surprise, so think about incorporating one into your party if you can. There are loads of options available to you – from showcasing a choreographed routine for your first dance, to arranging some surprise entertainment, such as a magician or mariachi band. You could even end the night with a bang by treating your guests to a stunning firework display.
Think of the kids
When you’re planning your wedding party, don’t forget to think about your littler guests. If space allows, give them their own room where they can enjoy games, quizzes, movies and dancing. Alternatively set aside an area in the main room with colouring books, crayons, small toys, books and other kid-friendly activities. Some entertainers, such as this Essex wedding DJ, will even incorporate a period of children’s entertainment into the evening, so it’s worth talking to your suppliers to see what they can offer.
Offer additional activities
Not everyone loves to dance until the wee hours, so to ensure all your guests have a great time, consider providing some alternative activities that people can enjoy when they’re not on the dance floor. Activities such as casino-style tables, and photo booths with fun props always go down well. If your venue allows it you might also want to provide a quieter lounge area where people can chat and take a break from the festivities.
Generally speaking, a lot of drinking goes on at wedding parties, so give your guests the opportunity to soak up the alcohol by providing food. Nobody expects a fancy sit-down meal at an evening reception, but more casual fare, such as a buffet, fish and chips, or pizza station will help to provide much-needed sustenance. It can also offer a natural break for your band or DJ.
These tips may sound simple, but taken together they can be surprisingly effective. And with some careful thought, consideration and a helping of creativity, you can throw a fantastic party that will have your guests talking about your wedding for years to come.