There are many ways to host a great wedding reception. Of course, what you consider to be a ‘perfect’ event will come down to your personal taste and budget.
Whether you want a standing reception with finger food and a Spotify playlist in the background, or a formal affair with arranged seating and a 3-course meal – you have the freedom to choose.
Yet, by having these 5 must-haves at your reception, you’re bound to impress your guests and create a score of memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
Being in a busy wedding reception for several hours can be exhausting. Your guests will be surrounded by and mingling with people both familiar and unknown to them. After a while, they may want to go somewhere quiet to refresh and recharge.
By having a separate outdoor setting away from the chaos of indoors, your guests can do just that.
And if you want to tie the knot surrounded by the beauty of nature? Then have both the ceremony and reception outdoors. For the entire function, you can admire the beauty of well-maintained garden, soak in the fresh air and sunshine, and capture some amazing photos.
While it’s great to chat with friends and family and hit the dancefloor, there are other ways to entertain your guests. If space permits try to include some fun and engaging party games that are accessible to both kids and adults.
Do you have a seated table arrangement? Test each group’s knowledge by leaving a fill-in-the-blank trivia card at each table. Got a large outdoor space? Host a riveting game of ring toss or compete against each other on a mini golf course.
If you’re stuck for ideas then consult your in-house wedding planner and they can recommend ideas they have seen be well-received.
Be sure to cover all your bases when it comes to dietary requirements so that there are no empty stomachs in the room. Before you order you should know exactly how many people are going to be there. So you can relax knowing there will be plentiful quantities for everyone.
To personalise the menu your venue may let you choose a signature drink or two like a big-batch cocktail. If the opportunity is there, go for a taste session and then settle on the flavours you both enjoy the most.
If your wedding is going to revolve around a theme or era – i.e. vintage, rustic, or modern – your in-house caterer can help you pick out select food and beverages that perfectly capture the mood.
Believe it or not, some wedding venues have multiple function rooms in order to cater for more than one wedding reception on the day. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, it does leave open the possibility of the venue being short-staffed on the day and potentially having an awkward run in with the other married party.
To avoid this potential conflict, it’s a good idea to settle on a venue that can dedicate all their staff and amenities on exclusively your day.
Lauriston House is notable for providing an exclusive service for all married couples. From the ceremony through to the reception you have complete support from specialist staff who attend to your every needs – including transporting guests to the venue, preparing the reception area and furniture, serving food and beverages, and cleaning up after the festivities.
Not only does this level of service add a personal touch to the occasion, it also relieves you of stress and lets you be part of the moment – without letting hosting duties get in the way of your big day.
Take the stress out of planning with an in-house wedding planner who can bring your vision to life – while sticking to your budget.
The greatest advantage to an in-house wedding planner is, by using their intimate knowledge of the venue layout and its facilities, they can plan and coordinate the event in a way that complements the unique specifications of the venue.
For example, if you wish to have a combined outdoor ceremony and a wedding reception, your in-house planner can advise you on the best way to make the transition from one event to another seamless and easy.
Your in-house planner can also document your wishes in a Wedding Organised Folder, which will help you tick off tasks on your to-do list and keep track of your budget.
Best of all? Many wedding venues can negotiate special offers on your behalf for third-party suppliers – from florists and photographers to hotels and care hire. Not only can this help you save money, but also save you from the hassle of having to shop around on your own.
Contact Lauriston House to speak to an expert wedding consultant – and host your dream wedding in a truly memorable location.