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Top tips for a successful wedding reception

After your wedding ceremony, it’s time to celebrate with a fantastic reception. Your reception needs to have that special something so your guests will remember it for all the right reasons. Below is a guide packed full of wedding reception ideas to help you plan the perfect party.

Think carefully about food and drink

Everyone always remembers how good the food and drink was, so this is important. The last thing you want is for your guests to be hungry and thirsty, so eat after the ceremony and make sure any dietary requirements are taken into account i.e gluten-free, vegan etc. It’s also wise to bear in mind that if you’re going to party late into the night, guests will be hungry again later on, so a selection of evening food, whether a buffet or catering van, will keep everyone happy.

Create the right atmosphere

If you want to get your guests in the mood for a party, the atmosphere needs to reflect this – think disco music, a DJ and flashing lights. However, if you’re keen to have a more laid back and relaxing reception after a wedding on the beach, for example, hire a band and encourage your guests to explore the venue – you could even put on some games for the kids.

Think about your guests’ needs

Even at the very start of the planning process, think about what your guests will need on the day. Good parking, plenty of seating, baby changing facilities etc., will ensure your guests are happy and relaxed from the moment they arrive.

Give guests some free time

Make sure there is plenty of ‘free’ time throughout the day. No one wants to feel rushed or that sticking to a set schedule is more important than having fun, so avoid the temptation of packing too much into your day. If you’re having a wedding in Gibraltar, giving your guests a few hours to escape the sun will be appreciated.

At Sweet Gibraltar Weddings, we can offer guidance on planning your perfect wedding day in Gibraltar, so get in touch to see how we could help you.