So much time is spent planning and preparing for your wedding day. Your ceremony is important since without it, there is no marriage. But the wedding reception is the one part of your day that will take more time to plan and cost more money than anything else.

You and your guests will spend more time at the wedding reception than during any other part of the day. So you should make it the most memorable event possible. The best way to ensure that you plan for everything that you'll need to do for your reception is to get organized with a timeline and checklist. The worse possible thing that could happen is to forget an item that is important to your wedding reception. For instance I have seen brides that did not do a bouquet toss because they forgot to buy a toss bouquet and did not want to give away their own.

Two of the most important things that you'll need to decide on for your day are the color scheme and the guest list. You will need to decide on both for the ceremony as well as the wedding reception but it has more of an impact on the latter. Your reception will be full of elements that need to flow together and having a color scheme will help that process. Some of these items include:

  • Table linens
  • Chair covers
  • Centerpieces
  • Favors
  • Wedding cake
I think that looking at photos of other receptions can give you an idea of how you want the decor for your event to look.

Your guest list matters more for the reception since catering fees are per person and can get quite expensive. Also you will need to make sure that you have an estimated guest list before you even pick your reception venue. You might find a beautiful ballroom that can accommodate 125 people only to find out later that you'll need room for 175, so estimate your guest count first.

Speaking of food, you'll need to decide what kind of food that you will want served to your guests. Even if you have the most extravagant setting for your reception, nothing will make up for horrible food. By the time your guests get to the reception they'll be more than ready to eat. So you need to make sure that you have a food tasting and that the caterer that you decide upon can make the kind of food that you enjoy.

A wedding reception is a huge event that should be carefully planned. So take the time to research your wedding reception options.