Plan your Amazing Wedding with these Wedding Reception Ideas

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One of the first tasks on your wedding checklist will be to make decisions about a whole host of wedding reception ideas.

If you have already worked out your style or wedding theme, it will help you narrow down the types of wedding receptions you will be looking at.

Will your reception be casual, formal, outdoors, indoors, in a hall, seated around tables, or standing and eating finger food?


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Of course, the first thing you did was determine a budget, right? This will really help to narrow down your selection and ideas.

If an intimate candlelight setting is to your liking, consider tying the knot and hosting your wedding reception at a friend or relative's home.

winter wedding reception ideas

Perhaps you would like to host the reception in your own home or parent's home. Choosing to do this may help to limit your costs and make it possible to spend the money in other places. (that's not hard to do when planning a wedding!)

Looking for something more lavish? There are plenty of grand hotels and historic buildings that have massive stone fireplaces for a winter wedding reception and sweeping staircases. Picture perfect settings for the ceremony itself or the party afterward.

Choosing the venue that is perfect for your day takes time. You will want to visit each potential site (making notes in wedding planner workbook) and check off the amenities. When comparing prices, be sure all things are equal. Knowing what is and more importantly what is not included in your price quotes will ensure you make the right decision. When you visit the location, make sure you bring your digital camera, take some photos and add that into your 3 ring binder of wedding planning. Then when you evaluate the reception venue, you can remember exactly what it looked like.

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Wondering what wedding reception venues are nearby?

What do they offer?

What can you find out about them online - before you visit?

Do a Google Search here by using terms: "Wedding+Reception+your location".

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Other Wedding reception Ideas you will need to consider are these:

  • Where will the wedding reception be held?
  • Will it be big enough for your amount of guests?
  • Is there an entrance/foyer where guests mingle before the reception?
  • Is there a bar, dance floor?
  • What sort of wedding reception table decorations will you use? What decorations does the wedding reception venue provide? Will this suit your wedding theme?
  • Do you have other wedding reception decoration ideas?
  • What about the food at your wedding reception? Will it be finger food? A sit down meal? A Backyard BBQ? See the wedding finger food reception ideas page.
  • Will the wedding reception venue take care of the catering?
  • If you are using a hall - who will set it up and pack up?
  • Will you need to hire equipment?
  • What is your wedding budget?
  • How many wedding guests will be attending?
  • Will you have music at the wedding reception? DJ? Band?
  • Can you use the sound equipment at the reception venue?
  • Is there enough space for all the guests, head table, cake table, gifts table?

Click and Print this this free wedding checklist to help you sort out some of your wedding reception ideas.

Take it with you as you go to different wedding reception venues in order to help you evaluate and decide on the perfect location. Print off one form for each wedding reception venue.

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