Q1. How far in advance should I book my reception?
The really top notch venues are often booked up a year in advance so as soon as you have your date set, start investigating.
Q2. I don't know where to start! Help...
Don't panic. First think about the kind of wedding you'd really like. Will it be a formal affair with a huge ballgown wedding dress? Or something more casual on a beach? How many people are you thinking of inviting? If the number is large then you need a space to fit them all. What about the month of your nuptials? Some months like October are very popular while the winter months might be quieter."¨When you've settled on the style and ambience you want to create it will narrow down the options for your reception. "¨Read our Receptions 101 for more detailed approach.
Q3. I dream of getting married on a cliff top and dancing under the stars. Is it possible?
Yes it is but there a few things to consider. First, check with the local council on their restrictions, as you'll need to get permits and approval. Think also about a marquee and caterer or hire a wedding planner to help you if it all gets a bit too much.
Q4. I've got most of my reception planned but how do the events of the night keep rolling?
This is where an MC comes in. This can be someone you know or a professional MC that the venue can provide. You give them a schedule of events (like the cutting of the cake and the order of the speeches) and they will make sure it all happens on time. So you can sit back, relax and enjoy.
Q5. I know there should be some speeches at my reception but I have no idea who does the speaking.
Traditionally the father of the bride, best man and groom make speeches. They should be sincere and full of nice things about the bride and groom. However, if you are happy to make the speech instead of your honey, throw tradition to the wind. Anyone you like can make a speech at your wedding - just remember not too many!