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10 Tips for the Ultimate Wedding Reception
Your wedding day will be one of the most spectacular days of your life! Make it memorable, stress-free, and fun with just a few extra special moments of pre-planning and preparation. The experts at California DJs know all the secret elements - and the “not-so-secret” ones too – all to help you plan the ultimate wedding reception that is perfectly you! Use these 10 essential elements to create the perfect day for you and your guests. Generously Invite Writing the guest list… what a challenge! How do you agree on whom to invite and still stay within your budget? Here’s the bottom line. You are preparing for the most magical day of your life and in the end only one thing will matter – the public declaration of your love and commitment… and each and every person there to witness it. We encourage you to invite every person you love.
Your guests are the focal point of this very special day. Cut back on the cost of the dinner, limit the hours of the open bar, but don’t cross off names. As you fondly remember your wedding day, you will not remember the per-person cost. You will remember glowing faces of the people celebrating your union… the buzz at the reception… the clink of toasting glasses throughout the room congratulating your marriage! The extra veggie platter, shrimp apps, and extravagant centerpiece won’t be the center of attention – the people will be. Designate Your Celebratory Space Before you plan your reception know exactly where you want people to mix and mingle. Fantastic receptions brim with family and friends who feel comfortable, meet, talk, dance, and become acquainted with one another. Don’t let guests leave early, slip away to check out the impressive surroundings of your location, or run outside for a smoke and then never come back to join the party. Define the space with ribbons or closed doors. Don’t be afraid to close off certain areas or rooms. The liveliest receptions have a common area where guests are mingling and activities are taking place. A designated space ensures guests catch and capture each wonderful moment as it unfolds. Special Activities Just For The Joy Of It Remember, 80% of your guests won’t know each other. The greatest wedding memories are the new friendships and extended family bonds created at your wedding.
Use interactive games, specialty dances, bold announcements, or fun activities during the reception to break the ice and help people get to know one other. Suddenly you’ll see people laughing and enjoying themselves instead of feeling shy or retreating on the sidelines. Let Go, Have Fun & Toss Your Worries Aside The bride sets the stage and the tone for reception party. This is the time and place for all brides to let go, have fun, and toss any last minute worries aside. Let the months of planning and masterful professionals you’ve selected take over and do what they do best. You only have one job - to be the most radiant and loveliest guest of honor. Show up and celebrate! If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, your guests will sense it and feel uncomfortable too. You have the power and pleasure to give your guests permission to let loose and have a great time! 5. Dance Your Little Heart Out One saucy shoe must be the first to step out on the dance floor.
Guests will be looking to you for permission and timing to dance. As soon as you get up and dance, they’ll let loose and do a little rumba too! People are typically shy and most guests are very careful not to offend or overstep their boundaries. Plan to play music you love so you are comfortable. Your physical cues can create a safe space for them to dance, toe-tap, celebrate, toast, and party. Watch friends and family get up and dance, thoroughly enjoy themselves, then talk about what a fabulous reception it was in the morning. Embellish, Adorn, and Decorate The décor sets the mood at the reception. Simple décor is not only best, it is marvelously elegant. Elegant doesn’t have to mean expensive. Think sentimental instead of expensive and you’ll amaze yourself with the brilliant ideas that come to mind.
Since flowers are typically 15% of the overall wedding budget, you can save money by intermingling silk flowers. Want a discount, ask for one! Many places give quantity and wedding discounts. Use your imagination and let your creativity take over. Or just stop by the www.californiadjs.com party store for unique and affordable ideas. Invite Groups of People That Know Each Other No doubt your guests will be coming from many different walks of life - but the more people you bring together with common bonds - the more alive the reception will be. People feel safest when they are surrounded by people and situations that are familiar to them.
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