Tips for perfect reception party

Take Stock of Your Location
1. Do a walk through of your venue as soon as you are able, noting features to highlight a grand staircase or a grove of trees, perhaps and areas that need to be spruced up or downplayed. Above, photographed at Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate in Huntington, New York.Floral arrangements by Livia Cetti for the Green Vase tent from Sperry Tents. Tables, chairs,table linens, and place settings from Water Mill Party. .....
Get Glowing
2. Lighting can make or break an event, but to create the right ambience, you do not necessarily need to hire professionals to cast patterns on the dance floor. You can set the mood simply by flanking an outdoor walkway with dozens of luminaria or setting dining tables with elegant candelabra or clusters of small candles you might also replace harsh white bulbs in fixtures with more flattering amber ones. .....
Dress Up Your Entryway
3. Beautiful front door decorations, which can be as low key as swags of greenery, serve as a visual welcome whether adorning a building or a tent and ensure that everyone first glimpse of the party is from its best vantage point. Below, garland, topiary,and centerpieces by Livia Cetti for the Green Vase. Tent from Sperry Tents. Tables, chairs, table linens, and place settings from Water Mill Party. .....
Work with What You Have
4. An all white theme do in a hotel ballroom papered in red and gold, nor does it make sense to try to transform a rustic lodge into the Crystal Palace. .....
Choose a Theme
5. Whether it a monogram, a color pairing, or a food or flower that evokes a favorite place, a repeated element helps to both personalize and unify your event. .....
Do not Overlook Small Details
6. A few well placed touches, such as monogrammed cocktail napkins or an interesting charger, can go a long way toward making your party look extra special. .....
Think Outside the Box
7. A silver bowl of sugared fruit makes a stunning and unexpected alternative to a traditional floral centerpiece, and one long banquet table may fit a sleekly modern space better than several round ones do. .....
Size Up Your Centerpieces
8. Keep floral arrangements and other table decor under 14 or over 20 inches high, so guests can view and converse with each other across the table. .....
Build in Flexibility
9. Look for ways that allow you to change things easily at the last minute. The seating cards below keep names and table numbers separate, so you can shift guests assignments without having to rewrite the cards. Left, calligraphy by Gail Brill. .....
Tackle Big Tasks First
10. Your immediate to do list Book the venue, hire a caterer, decide on basic decor. With these major tasks done, you will be ready to focus on the smaller details. .....
Know Your Time Line
11. you will need to choose your florist at least six months ahead of time and reserve your party rentals two months after that. .....
Send Save the Dates
12. Especially if you are planning a destination wedding or marrying on a holiday, ask guests to mark their calendars. Ideally, mail out these announcements at least four months before the wedding. .....
Invite Carefully
13. Be prepared Up to 80 to 90 percent of those invited may attend. (The smaller the list, the more yeses you should expect percentage wise, because you will likely be asking only those closest to you.) .....
Get It in Writing
14. Make sure you have signed contracts from all your vendors and that youve read the fine print and resolved any questions. .....
Map Out Your Space
15. Be sure you have ample room for tables (figure 10 to 15 square feet per person, assuming that the tables are round and seat six to 10 guests) also check that the dance floor is big enough (four to five square feet per guest is about right). .....
Arrange for a Backup
16. Planning an outdoor reception.You cant count on sunshine, so either reserve a tent or opt for a location with an indoor alternative in the event of inclement weather. .....
Enlist Help
17. Even if youve decided against an overall wedding planner, you will want a cool headed pro on hand to ask guests to be seated for dinner, help organize toasts, and handle any problems. Ask if your venue can provide this service if not, some independent planners will work for a single day. .....
Do not Let the Seams Show
18. If possible, designate a separate cocktail area and close the reception space to early arrivals. To create a sense of drama, neither you nor your guests should see the behind the scenes machinations and last minute setup gaffes. Keeping the doors closed will also let your photographer take unhurried shots of the reception decor before the crowd arrives. .....
Whip Up Affordable Favors
19. Stylish tokens neednt be expensive. These biodegradable bowls (left and below) look sumptuous when wrapped with gauzy fabric and labeled with paper strips that are laser printed in a pretty font. Fill with mini meringues, an economical treat either make them yourself or ask your caterer to provide them. .....
Go for Daytime Drama
20. Many venues charge more for after dark affairs. With an outdoor reception, if you opt for a luncheon event, you will also cut back on or eliminate costs associated with lighting, such as setup and generators. .....
Narrow Your Tables
21. By seating diners family style at long tables no wider than 36 inches, you will shrink the amount of empty space to decorate, cutting down on centerpiece costs. Guests will still have plenty of room and will find conversation easier as well. .....
Reuse Your Blooms
22. There no reason why ceremony flowers cant come to the reception. Ask for altar arrangements that will also complement the party site. Alternatively, your florist may be able to refashion them into small gift bouquets for your bridal party. .....
Play with Time
23. you will save on liquor, food, and possibly vendors fees if you shave 30 minutes or an hour off the party. So it doesnt feel rushed, cut a little from everything (make the cocktail hour a cocktail 45 minutes ) instead of eliminating events. .....
Consider a Full Service Deal
24. A site with a fee that includes necessities such as linens and furniture may at first appear more expensive than an a la carte venue, but once you factor in rental fees, you may ultimately keep costs down. .....
Stay in One Place
25. Have your wedding and reception in the same location. you will spend less on decor as well as on transportation costs for you and your wedding attendants. .....
Rethink Humble Decorations
26. Balloons have long been used to fill party spaces at low cost. For a sophisticated feel, opt for a few large balloons instead of masses of birthday party style ones. Those with a diameter of 36 inches have an elegant globe shape. .....
Put Big Smiles on Little Faces
27. Young guests will enjoy goody bags that are all theirs. Fill a toteable container like ours with treats that arent messy, such as age appropriate toys, or animal crackers and Smarties. Add paper and washable crayons, and kids might even create one of a kind cards for the bride and groom. Left, photographed on location at Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate in Huntington, New York. Flower girl dresses by Bella Bliss. Satin slippers by Rachel Riley. Hyacinth hair wreaths by Livia Cetti for the Green Vase. .....
Eschew the Receiving Line
28. If you will be hosting more than 50 people, the traditional meet and greet can take an hour or more. For groups of this size, it more gracious of the newlyweds to thank guests by visiting every table. .....
Tame the Toasts
29. An unplanned ramble can interrupt the flow of a party and make everyone uncomfortable. Encourage spur of the moment speeches at the rehearsal dinner so the reception includes only words from the host, the newlyweds, and the best man and maid of honor. If you are concerned that your speakers may overindulge, schedule toasts to take place early in the festivities. .....
Break the Ice
30. At a less formal reception, a short written quiz about you and your new husband, with questions about where you met and how he proposed, can get conversation started between guests whove never met. .....
Set a Time Limit
31. Your guests have already spent hours, if not days, at prewedding events and at the ceremony itself theyre likely to be tired. Though you may wish the reception would never end, it should last no more than five hours. Also, make it clear that any after parties you schedule are entirely optional. .....
Add Thoughtful Extras
32. A few small comfort items are always appreciated. Consider stashing a basket of inexpensive slippers near the dance floor for women who are tired of their high heels. Have hand lotion, tissues, or hair spray in the restrooms. At an outdoor fete, stock sunscreen, bug repellent, paper fans, and perhaps even a few cozy wraps for the women in case of a sudden evening chill. .....
Restrain Yourselves
33. Less is more when it comes to a wedding reception, so consider ditching the 30 minute video montage or the fireworks display for something less elaborate. Even a gesture as simple as distributing sparklers at night end can charm guests and keep them from feeling overloaded. .....
Keep Your Helpers Happy
34. Your hospitality should extend to photographers, videographers, waiters, and musicians, as well as any other vendors working at your reception. Make sure they have water, scheduled breaks, and, most important, a meal. It need not be the same one that you are serving to guests, but it should be nourishing and delicious. .....
Offer Small Amusements
35. Unexpected entertainment is wonderful when your guests tire of dancing. A portrait station of do it yourself Polaroids, a cigar roller, or a strolling palm reader can offer a touch of surprise and whimsy. .....
Have Fun with Finger Food
36. Hors doeuvres are best when they are easy to serve and eat. you are offering a choice, so go ahead and pick something exotic plan on about six options and six pieces per person. Vegetable spring rolls (left) by Callahan Catering. .....
Show Off a Beautiful Cake
37. You may be able to afford a premium baker even on a tight budget. Skip labor intensive iced decorations and ask for a simpler style, then dress it up with ribbon and fresh flowers. Be sure the flowers you use are food safe and pesticide free. Wedding cake (below) by Cheryl Kleinman. .....
Be Seated
38. If your budget allows, pamper guests with a plated meal instead of a buffet it an especially nice gesture. If youd prefer a buffet, be sure to have enough serving stations to prevent long lines, and ask your caterer to prepare and serve plates of food for any elderly guests in attendance. .....
Set Up a Nonalcoholic Bar
39. For an event that includes many children or abstaining adults, consider having a separate table with sparkling and flat water, as well as a spirit free version of your signature drink if you are serving one. .....
Streamline the Bar
40. There no need at many weddings to stock your bar with a full selection of liquor. A red and a white wine, a sparkling wine, and a signature cocktail (like the mintinis ) are plenty, and theyre economical to boot. Below, photographed on location at Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate in Huntington, New York. Bar design and drinks by Callahan Catering. Floral garlands by Livia Cetti for the Green Vase. .....
Stick with One Entree
41. It perfectly acceptable (and more budget friendly) to offer a single entree instead of letting guests choose from among a few. Arrange to have a silent vegetarian option on hand in case people ask for it. .....
Limit Your Courses
42. Unless the meal will be the focus of the evening, as with an intimate party at a five star restaurant, your menu can consist of an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert (the last could even be the wedding cake). .....
Serve a Mini Meal
43. If you choose to have an after party, you will need to provide refreshments, such as a light buffet of snacks or breakfast treats. Plan on enough for about one quarter to one third of your total original invitees. .....
Have It Both Ways
44. can not decide or can not agree on whether to have live entertainment or a DJ.Split the difference and hire musicians for cocktails and a disc jockey for dancing. .....
Build the Best Band
45. If you are hiring a cover band, a good one requires at least seven pieces. A male and a female vocalist, plus guitar, bass, keyboard, trumpet or sax, and drums generally make the most versatile combination. .....
Offer Guidelines
46. If there are specific songs you must hear, make a list beforehand for your band or DJ. Are there tunes you absolutely do not want. Draw up a do not play list as well. .....
Keep Mealtime Tunes Soft
47. If your entertainers arent taking a break during this time, they should be considerate of diners by turning down the mike and avoiding any energetic selections. .....
Ask What they will Wear
48. Most DJs or bands will don tuxedos or suits, but it best to clarify attire with them to avoid surprises. For a casual event, such as a beach reception, you may want them in something less formal. .....
Depart in Style
49. Ask your site manager beforehand whether rice, rose petals, sparklers, and the like are allowed. When it comes time to leave, have someone round up guests and pass out props, then say a heartfelt goodbye. Left, photographed on location. .....
Show Appreciation
50. Make sure youve designated someone, such as the best man, to distribute gratuity envelopes youve prepared at party end. you will need to tip all service providers, including the catering and reception staff (unless gratuity is added to the total bill), cleanup crew, and limousine drivers. .....
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