The fun has begun! It’s time to relax, dance and celebrate. Your coordinator and DJ should take care of making sure that everything stays on schedule so that you can enjoy your night. Here are some helpful tips that’ll help your reception flow smoothly.
Take your guests into consideration when planning your timeline. If you have a lot of elderly guests that may not be staying until the very end, make sure you schedule the cake cutting at a relatively early time so that they can be a part of it.
If you want to have a special dance with your grandparents, do it! Make your reception a reflection of who you are and don’t feel tied to traditions. Also, make sure you give your DJ or band a “Do Not Play” list if there are some songs you really don’t want to hear during your reception.
Here’s a pro tip for amazing reception photographs—avoid vibrant-colored uplighting at all costs! Many DJs will offer this option for you. Although it may seem like a cool addition, it can be very difficult to remove that color cast from your wedding photographs. This can cause skin tones to look purple or green, and no one likes that! Staying away from purple uplighting will ensure everybody’s skin color looks natural.
Don’t get caught up in the formalities and the details. Plan your centerpieces, welcome table, etc. well before the wedding date and show your coordinator or family friend how you’d like to set them up so that you aren’t even thinking about those things the day of.
Chat with your coordinator about how you can plan your reception in a way that will keep guests engaged and moving all night.
If you haven’t purchased enough coverage time for your photography to last until the exit, that’s ok! I recommend planning your timeline so you can have at least one hour of dancing photographed. The guests who dance during the first hour will still be dancing in the third hour—one hour of dancing will be enough time to really capture the joy of your reception.