Many people will argue that a wedding reception is the best part of a wedding. It is the time when everyone lets their hair down, the nerve-wracking part is out of the way, and the newly married couple and guests get the chance to mingle and dance with loved ones. For these reasons alone, there can be a lot of pressure on the wedding reception to be the best part of the day.

If you feel the same and want to make sure you throw an exceptional wedding reception, read this piece for some inspiration and solid ideas to make that a reality.

Think About What Your Guests Need 

It is your special day, and you should be able to create the wedding venue that you dream of and no one else. However, if you want your loved ones to have a good time and share the fun with you, you are best off considering their needs just as much as your own. What are some of the key amenities that your guests might need? Choose from the following:

  1. Baby changing facilities
  2. Easy parking
  3. Accommodation options
  4. Plenty of seating
  5. Wheelchair access 

You might also see children’s play areas as an essential if you are having an outdoor or a hybrid wedding reception.

Choose Your Evening Entertainment

Entertainment is an essential part of a wedding reception. It is the time when everyone can enjoy each other’s company, laugh, make memories, and discuss the day’s events. Really the world is your oyster when it comes to entertainment. DJs and bands are commonplace for an after-do, but you could also have your own activities inside or outside, such as clay pigeon shooting, trampolines, hot tubs, or anything else your heart desires! Just make sure you choose a venue that can accommodate your hopes and dreams.

Pick the Right Venue for the Job

Choosing a venue that can make sure you can throw the wedding reception of the year is crucial for everything coming together, especially if you have some specific amenities or requests that are non-negotiable. Book an appointment to speak with someone from each venue that takes your fancy and discuss your ideas with them. They should already be well versed in wedding receptions, so should be able to make sure they can accommodate you as best as possible, or at the very least point you in the direction of someone who can. 

Late Night Food

Food is an important part of any evening do. Guests can get peckish, and you do not want them to be having to survive off bar olives until the evening is over. Choose foods that are crowd-pleasers, such as wood-fired pizza or other light bites that will be easy to digest with alcohol.  Keeping your guests well-fed will mean they will be able to enjoy the evening for much longer than those with rumbling tummies or nothing to soak up the champagne with!