Time To Celebrate
Once the formalities are over, relax, let your hair down and have some fun
You've said your vows, exchanged rings, signed the papers and now it's time to let your hair down and party after the more nerve-wracking part of the day. The reception is the chance to mark the culmination of all of your hard work in the run-up to the big day – as well as show off your new status as Mr & Mrs.
When it comes to music there are lots of options out there – DJ, live band, covers band, using the venue's sound system. Ensure you hear any bands play live or listen to a recording of their work before you book them to make sure they offer the style of music you are looking for. It is also worth asking for some references from previous weddings they have played/performed at.
Check with any DJs just how extensive their library is and that they can cater to your playlist. Why not ask guests to get involved and put forward their top hit suggestions so that there is something for everyone on the night? Equally let the DJ know if there are any songs you really don't want played.
Remember you could have music earlier in the day too, whether it be as guests arrive or as you walk down the aisle – so consider hiring a harpist, pianist or quartet. They equally would work well as background music while you have the wedding breakfast. Or why not follow Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and opt for a choir?
A wedding day is inevitably a lengthy affair so it is a good idea to hire some entertainment to keep the guests occupied. While the group photos are being taken organise some games or refreshments or even hire a caricaturist so guests have something to take home and remember the day by. While people are between courses in the evening meal entertain them with a magician, or party games they can play at the table to get to know each other.
For any little guests consider face-painting, an arts and crafts table, magician, inflatables or even hiring a creche service so the parents can relax that little bit more.
If you want to do something symbolic, consider a butterfly or dove release, or once the sun goes down organise some fireworks as a magnificent end to the evening – but remember to check with your venue first that this is permitted.
An iconic part of the evening is the couple's first dance so think about a song that means the most to both of you – but also one that you will be able to dance to!
You could always book up some dance lessons if you want to get your technique up to scratch – or even follow the latest trend of an extravagant dance routine to wow your guests.
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