A wedding reception is never easy to plan, no matter how experienced you are in this field. Even those who are used to throwing parties among their friends or even host elegant receptions encounter difficulties in handling the big amount of tasks that need to be fulfilled. It’s never as easy at it may seem at first, that’s a fact. The bride needs to select her wedding gown and plan her entire attire.
Then the couple needs to find the best reception site, choose the menu, handle the decorations, invite the guests and arrange the seats. These are among the major decisions that need to be taken. But there are minor aspects to handle, and in most cases, these decisions are even more stressful and time-consuming. It can be simpler if you know the etiquette. But the truth is that not everybody is willing to follow a specific set of rules. Some are skeptical about this route, while others prefer to do it their own way. It depends from one case to another.
The etiquette is nothing but standard rules and regulations based on a smooth running of the party. The etiquette should help you plan a “successful” wedding and enjoy the party in the same measure. Traditionally speaking, the wedding reception is a formal event. It involves a sit-down meal and it is based on a lot of elegance, especially regarding the décor. If you can’t afford to pay for a formal elaborated reception, don’t expect to cover the costs with your guests’ money. It wouldn’t be right to choose an expensive menu and let your friends pay for the locale and the other services, like a full cash or partial cash bar. It wouldn’t be appropriate to bring something in the wedding your guests have to pay for. Choose tea or punch instead of expensive cocktails.
The dinner can also be expensive and those who can’t afford this style can choose a more affordable alternative, like a brunch reception. Serve hors d’oeuvres or have a dessert reception for a more fun and enjoyable experience. It would also be nice to have an afternoon tea reception instead of a luxurious dinner that you can’t afford. What do you say of a breakfast wedding? Morning weddings are becoming more and more popular among our newlyweds. It’s hip to go for a morning 9 am reception and serve coffee or tea with breakfast. Or, if you can’t get up this early, vote for a beautiful and relaxing long brunch type of wedding at 11 am. Use tea in teapots and teacups, cookies, various types of cakes and drinks for an inviting visual effect. Bring ice cream, chocolate and a wide variety of candies and other special guests’ treats.