Wedding Reception Checklist
Sherry M. Lewis
December 26, 2011
Planning Your Wedding Reception
Once the wedding date has been finalized, prepare a rough guest list.
Prepare your wedding budget.
Select the reception venue.
Make a floor layout for the tables and seating area at the reception site.
Choose theme and color scheme to add beauty and style to the entire event.
Define the decor at the reception venue.
Prepare a second dress to wear at their reception.
Arrange entertainment, a band or DJ.
Arrange for a caterer, if the chosen reception venue does not provide catering facility.
Make hotel arrangements for the out-of-town guests.
Choose your wedding cake.
Have the final guest list ready and send the wedding invitations.
Take dancing lessons.
Book a photographer.
Make flower arrangements.
Order wedding favors and accessories.
Arrive at the reception location with your wedding party.
Grab a drink and get into positions for the receiving line and greet your guests.
MC introduces the wedding party into the room.
Have your first dance.
The best man makes a toast to the happy couple.
If you are having more then 4 speeches, it’s more entertaining when they’re given between courses.
If you want to have the speeches said one after the other, that can be done after the meal.
You and your wedding party should start the dancing.
Have the parent’s dance.
Cut your cake.
Toss your bouquet and your husband flings your garter.
The sweet table or late-night buffet can start right after the tosses.
Change into your going away outfit.
Have your last dance.
Say your goodbyes and leave.
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