How to plan the perfect wedding reception
1 - Start planning early. You can never start planning your wedding early enough, even if you haven't set your wedding date for 18-months or even two years. Don't delay starting the planning process even if to start its just lists, lists, lists. Top tip: Buy a wedding planner (book not person!). It has ready-made ideas and list topics so you can be confident you won't miss anything off.
2 - Nail the budget. Hold off spending anything until you've set a realistic budget that won't overstretch you. When planning your wedding budget it's very common to miss off small but crucial and cost consuming factors that often crop up in the week before the wedding. By this point, you'll probably have already blown most of your budget! These tend to include thank you gifts, final beauty treatments, and dress alterations. Top tip: Speak with a friend or family member who is married and double check all the last minute costs that they encountered with them.
3 - Be selective with the guest list. Getting your head around the guest list early is crucial. Once decided, it means you can crack on with finding the ideal wedding venue that can cater to your numbers exactly. Make sure you don't get guilted into extra invites or let anyone influence your decision. It's up to you and your partner to be and that's it!
4 - Get the best photographer you can. I would think it is universally agreed (between married folk) that your wedding album becomes one of your most cherished possessions, so you'll want to ensure you get the best photographer possible. Do your research, make sure you find someone who understands exactly what you want. It may be a good idea to have them do some engagement photos too, so you can see how they work with you as a couple.
5 - Food glorious food. Food is one of the biggest talking points at any wedding. From delectable canapés to hog roasts, buffets, three-course meals and of course the all-important wedding cake, which is becoming less and less traditional as the years pass. Anything goes now with cheese cakes, doughnut cakes, and jelly cakes all now considered feasible options! Whatever it is, it is unanimously agreed that food can be make or break.