The reception represents the party element of the wedding, with the ceremony behind you now its time to relax and let your hair down. 

The Wedding Reception

The centerpiece of the wedding, the reception provides the meal and beverages for the guests.  Traditionally thought of as the thank you for the guests and the gift giving process; the reception can be a grand and elaborate affair, or a casual and comfortable party.  It can also include favors, and can be coordinated with the initial invitations.

The reception may echo the ceremony in style and décor, or it may be an entirely different expression of the wedding couple.  The venue will set the tone for the décor, the more elaborate the location the less décor required. 

Check with the catering or wedding manager on site to get a strong understanding of the venue�s capabilities, specialties and unique features that will make the wedding reception a stand-out event. 

Lounge areas, dance floors and food stations are staples in the wedding reception.  Adding elements that are more personal for the wedding couple like candy bars, cigar bars or photo displays will make the reception more fitting for that couple. 

For the more casual event, especially when the guest list is family and close friends consider stepping outside of traditions and embracing new elements to make the reception more interactive and engaging.  Wedding reception games create a playful, fun atmosphere for the more casual reception.  First dances and bridal bouquet / garter tosses are traditional elements for the reception.  This is the party for your milestone, celebrate and do it your unique style. 

Consider an event planner to bring the highly detailed reception to life.  They can manage all the vendors and will have connections to be best in the area.  Look for planners with strong recommendations or references, great portfolios of previous event ideas and wide ranges of services.   The reception can be the best party you ever attend with a bit of smart planning and the right resources.