Planning a wedding is time consuming and you can agonise for hours over what you should and shouldn’t do, trying to please everyone. Choosing the right venue is key to setting the tone for the day but you must also think about what style of wedding you would like, will it be formal black tie or a more relaxed affair?
You need to find a place that suits the theme of your wedding or where you think your guests will feel most relaxed. If you can’t decide what kind of reception to organise, then here is a little guide to the different types of reception you could have:
This is the usual choice of reception for traditional weddings because the guests can comfortably sit down and enjoy a meal. However, this option can be quite expensive, but many hotel venues offer all inclusive packages that can save you time and money in your planning and budget. Venues such as Hawkwell House Hotel offer packages that start from just £49 per person.
Cocktail or Drinks Reception
This optional is very popular with US weddings, can work out much cheaper than having a sit-down reception and can also accommodate more guests. Instead of canapés you can offer more substantial bowl food to keep your guests happy and well fed. This type of reception would work well for a relaxed country marquee wedding where you don’t have the huge corkage costs than many venues charge. While the guests are sipping on their favourite wine, they have the freedom to go around and mingle with other people. You can shop around and make huge savings on your wine and champagne rather than buying from your caterer, many suppliers will offer case discounts like Marks and Spencer where you can save by ordering two wine cases or more to get 25% off the total price.
Huge savings can be made by having an informal buffet rather than the traditional sit down meal. Guests can be offered more choice in the dishes they have and it can be a great way to get them to mingle. Why not offer a tasty hog roast, or bring in food carts to give your guests plenty of choice or to have a real homey feel you could ask your guests to bring homemade cakes for the dessert table.
Just remember that you will never be able to please everyone and older guests will still think of a sit-down reception as a traditional wedding but it is your day and it should be just the way you want it.
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Love & Sparkles