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Wedding Reception: The Location

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Wedding Reception: The Location


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Choosing where to hold your wedding reception really depends on personal tastes of the couple who are getting married. Ultimately, the wedding reception can be held anywhere that is comfortable for a group of people to congregate.

Here are a few quick tips that you want to think about when choosing where to have your wedding reception:

  • Bug free
    Especially if you’re wedding is in the summer, you’ll want to choose a place to hold your reception that is free from pesty insects that could swarm in and attack the food and the guests.
  • Not too hot, not too cold
    Extremely humid temperature is going to be uncomfortable for the wedding guests as is an area that’s a bit on the chilly side. Whether it’s outdoors or and indoor setting, be sure to think about the temperature and how you will control it, if possible.
  • Space and seating
    This one may sound obvious, but it’s sometimes taken for granted. Be sure to really take a good look at your possible reception areas. Set up the tables and chairs for as many people that will be attending so that you can actually get a visual idea of how things will look. Sometimes a a rental facility will say that it seats 300, but that is the maximum with no room left over.
  • Distance
    It’s very common to have a reception area actually on the same premises as the wedding itself. However, if you choose to have it somewhere special that is not the same location as the actual wedding ceremony, be sure that it is no more than a few miles away. You do not want to inconvenience your guests by having them drive for 30 minutes after the wedding.

Again, the decision is completely yours, but be sure to facilitate the guests as much as possible once the reception area is chosen.

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Record Your Own Wedding


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Music For Your Wedding Day

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Music For Your Wedding Day


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Paying for music on your wedding day is one cost you really aren’t going to get away from and you have two basic options. You can either choose to have the traditional live music with a performer, or you can choose to have recorded music, which has become more and more common these days.

Typically, live music is preferred because the majority of people see it as romantic to have a live performer serenading the new couple on their special day. Also, there are many who see it as being cheap to have recorded music, especially the traditional folks. However it’s quite possible that the couple simply doesn’t enjoy live music, or maybe they want their reception to be low key and be able to have more control over the volume and what music is played.  In this case, it will still cost money because a DJ will be hired to take care of the music and the sound.

If you decide to hire a live music artist or group, be sure to choose one that performs music that both you and your partner enjoy. Remember that this is your day and although you want your guests to have a good time, you don’t want to choose music that pleases them but gives you a headache. If you happen to love heavy metal, then get a hard rockin’ band that blows the roof off the reception hall! It’s your wedding and the celebration is supposed to be fun for you guys!  You still have the option of throwing in a mixed CD in between the bands sets, and that could be toned down a bit if you so desired.

Choosing a DJ is a bit easier as there usually is many to choose from and shouldn’t be hard to find recommendations. DJs are also usually very versatile and have large collections of different types of music, which is perfect for when Aunt June requests a Motown song from 1954.

It’s highly recommended that whatever type of music you choose, it includes at least 2 slow songs. One for the traditional bride and groom alone, and then one after for the guests.  However, as stated above, if you happen to despise sappy love songs, do away with it. There are a lot of traditional guidelines, but no actual rules for a celebration. It’s your wedding!

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Wedding Budget Overview


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