You will spend more time at your wedding reception than at your actual wedding ceremony. You want this party to be enjoyed and remembered, but without the sticker shock of surprise bills after the party. Prioritize your budget for the reception to avoid nightmares and unexpected expenses. Here are the best aspects of your reception to help you prioritize your spending:

The Venue

Selecting the right venue for your wedding reception is key. The venue is the stage for your dream wedding, so you should prioritize your budget by the following:

  • The Guest List – Can the venue accommodate the size of your party?
  • The Location – Is it conveniently located near the ceremony site?
  • Photo Opportunities – Does the venue have a look you want to capture?
  • Price – Does the venue fit within the budget you have set?
  • The Vibe – Does the venue create the vibe you want for your wedding reception?

The Entertainment

Your wedding reception is the party to celebrate your marriage, so of course you want entertainment that delivers! Please don’t underestimate the importance of hiring a professional wedding DJ. Your DJ will not only be responsible for spinning the music, but will also act at the master of ceremonies by coordinating the night’s activities so you can enjoy your reception. The DJ keeps the night on track. Consider the following when choosing the right DJ:

  • The Play List – Will your DJ work with you to develop a list of the music to play and songs to avoid?
  • The Equipment – Does your wedding DJ use professional DJ equipment? Does he carry backup gear in case of an emergency?
  • The Performance – Have you viewed your wedding DJ’s announcement skills? Have you read reviews by actual brides?
  • Coordination – Does the DJ have experience working with other vendors and creating a wedding team for your reception?
  • Appearance – Does the DJ dress in a manner that is professional and represents himself and you well?

The Decor

Your wedding reception is the perfect location to let your personal style shine. Again, you will spend the most time of your wedding day at this location. Some venues will provide basic decorations, such as mirrors or candles that you can begin building your wedding reception look from. Keep the following in mind when selecting the right decor:

  • Flowers – What seasonal blooms will be the most budget friendly and make the most impact?
  • Uplighting – Are there architectural elements to highlight at the venue?
  • Table Linens – Are there unique and fun ways to incorporate your wedding colors through the use of table linens?
  • Candles – What centerpiece arrangements work well with candles?