While most people would argue that the ceremony is the most important part of a wedding day, we all know that the reception is the most fun! One of the top complaints I hear from brides and grooms is that they miss out on cocktail hour and socializing with their guests and then once they’re actually at their reception, they feel rushed and unable to talk with all of their guests. *Hint* One of my tips will help solve this problem! 😉 If having fun at your reception is a top priority, take a look at my 4 tips below to help ensure a good time!
1. Do a First Look
No, I’m not kidding. If you want to make the most out of the time available at your reception (and cocktail hour), do a first look! By doing a first look, not only can you get in some romantic time with your significant other, but you can also knock out your bridal party photos and maybe even your family formals all before the ceremony! This is especially recommended for those having a later ceremony time (5:30 pm and after). Of course, you’ll still want to duck out of your reception for a couple of sunset photos, but knocking out couple photos, bridal party photos and family formals gives you at least an extra hour to be at your reception and cocktail hour!
2. Hire a Fun DJ
If having a fun night dancing at your wedding is important to you, booking the right DJ is crucial. I’ve been at too many weddings where the crowd was right for dancing the night away, but the DJ just couldn’t draw them onto the dance floor. When you pick an awesome DJ that knows how to get people moving, you’re bound to have a great time! Check out my recommended vendors list for my top DJ picks!
DJ Dayna, Columbus Wedding DJ. Taken as a second shooter for Cait Rose Photography.
3. Get Interactive!
One way to ensure people have a great time is to give them something to do. Set up a photobooth with fun props, set out lawn games at outdoor weddings, provide a quiet “chill” area for guests wanting to get away from the music or put together an fun DIY dessert bar for scores or cupcakes!
4. Keep It Short
Please don’t think your reception needs to be six hours long. Some of the best receptions I’ve been to kept it short and sweet. This tip is key depending on the average age of your guests. Some guests such as grandparents or families with young children won’t be able to stay as long as what your college friends probably plan to. It’s entirely possible to serve dinner, listen to speeches, and have an hour or so of dancing in three or less hours. If the party is still going after that, pack up and head out for an afterparty!
I hope these tips will come in handy for your wedding day planning! The #1 thing to keep in mind is just to have fun! It’s your wedding! If you want to do something and it’s not “recommended,” say screw it and do it anyway! It’s your wedding day and guess what? It’s ALL ABOUT YOU!