So, you’re getting married. Congratulations! You must be so excited about the future! We bet you’ve been making heaps of plans for the big day. It’s such an enjoyable yet stressful time, isn’t it? Have you decided on the perfect wedding reception venue yet? If not, it’s something that is best arranged sooner rather than later. Venues get booked up pretty quickly. However, don’t panic, planning your reception is easier than you might think. Let us explain the steps you need to take.
Find the Right Venue
Often, reception venues can be booked a year in advance so the sooner you get moving on this the better. Venues tend to have more availability in the winter as summer is the peak season. It’s true though that there are many wedding function venues Perth-wide to choose from. For a truly romantic vibe, the Ocean Beach Hotel is a popular choice. Imagine enjoying the evening with your new spouse, surrounded by friends and family, looking out over the beautiful Indian Ocean. Perfect!
Set a Realistic Budget
When you have your date set, you can think about a realistic budget for the reception. You’ll need to provide the staff at the venue with a rough estimate of your guest numbers so you can achieve a better idea of the overall cost.
Decide on The Key Aspects of Your Reception
Once you have your venue and budget in place, you need to ask yourself a few questions such as:
- What type of reception do you wish to have? You may want to have a sit-down dinner as it’s the most traditional option. Alternatively, you could opt for an afternoon tea, lunch, brunch, breakfast or even a cocktail reception.
- Will you be having a receiving line? Having a receiving line gives you the opportunity to interact with all your guests early on. On the other hand, it’s pretty time-consuming so you might prefer just to mingle with your guests during your reception instead.
- Will you be having toasts? If you are, then remember it’s best to keep them short and to the point.
There are, no doubt, lots of other aspects you’ll want to think about and discuss with your partner so make sure you do so well before the big day itself.
Make a Seating Plan
You need to think about whether or not you need place cards as well as arranging a seating plan that works for everyone. Many function venues Perth-wide will be able to provide you with helpful, practical advice on this.
Decide on a Menu
You’ll probably wish to have your menus printed if you’re having a traditional dinner. Remember to ask your guests about any dietary restrictions or allergies they may have. You also need to think about where you would like your wedding cake placed as well as deciding when it will be cut.
There is just so much to arrange when you’re planning your wedding and reception. By taking your time and beginning the process early, you will feel so much more relaxed in the long run.