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Wedding Planning Checklist in Melbourne: The Reception

11.10.20

There’s nothing we want more than a successful, upbeat wedding reception. So we put together a wedding planning checklist in Melbourne. This reception starter checklist will help you get things rolling! Start here to create a list of goals so you can pace yourself. And the result will be a perfectly planned wedding reception that you can enjoy!

Reception Wedding Planning in Melbourne, FL

Once you’re engaged, the questions start coming! When are you getting married? Which venue are you using? Where’s my invite?! The first thing we suggest is to actually enjoy those first days or weeks of being engaged! Try to focus on what vision you see for you and your fiance on your wedding day. From a hotel reception to one near the beach, spend time with your partner discussing how you can mend each of your visions into one perfect celebration of your love!

Budget

Know your numbers! Are you willing to splurge, or do you need a reception on a budget? Either way, you’ll want to figure this out first when wedding planning in Melbourne, because it will save you time and allow you to make the best decisions as you plan. Having an epic Florida wedding doesn’t mean going broke, but it does mean deciding what you want to skimp on and where you want to go all out. Make a list of everything you’ll need to pay for and how much you’d like to spend in each area.

Date

Once you have a budget nailed down, you should pick when to have your wedding ceremony and reception. You’ll want to clear this with your wedding party and close families of course, and make note of any large happenings in Melbourne or near your ideal wedding location.

Guest List

People make the party! Build your list to include your guests of honor and their loved ones, and everyone else you want to be there, but be sure you’re thinking about space limits and your budget. These should dictate the size of your guest list, and from there you can narrow down your list from “everyone!” to something more manageable.

Cinematography Team

While it’s standard to hire a wedding photographer, and hope that is automatically a top priority on your wedding planning checklist, we promise you should not overlook hiring a videographer as well.  No one ever regrets having video footage of their first dance, their cousins doing cartwheels on the dance floor, and their sibling’s heartfelt speech. Unfortunately, hiring a videographer to capture the reception is a choice many people regret passing upon, and we are working hard to not let this happen to future couples. Our videography team captures all the best highlights of your wedding so you can relive the fun later. It’s like watching home movies — only the upscale version with cinematic background music and high definition picture.

 

Entertainment

Whether you are dancing the night away or having an enchanted beachside dinner, each reception has its own unique way of encouraging guests to enjoy themselves. There are endless ideas for party fun and mapping out what that will be is an exciting part of the planning process. Maybe you’re thinking of a giant ball pit, a high-energy DJ to keep the crowd dancing, or perhaps guests will hop in a photo booth for some glamour shots — the choice is yours!

Menu

Food can be the highlight or the disaster of an event, so make sure you get this one right and hire a professional caterer. Also, ensure a proper guest count is collected early enough so the caterer knows how much food to prepare to make sure nothing runs out (nothing kills a party faster than hungry guests). Finally, avoid any unpleasant allergic reactions or issues by making sure you know which guests have dietary needs so you can plan accordingly.

Transportation

Limo, party bus, horse-drawn carriage… whatever you choose, you need to know how you will get to your wedding reception. No one wants to get left behind, so be sure that your bridal party has a plan, too!

Favors

Little tokens of your love and appreciation for your guests is a tradition that most couples like to continue. Many times favors have a personalized touch that requires some prep time, however. This is one item that can be done closer to the wedding date. It is also a great way to let other people join in on the wedding planning fun.

Complete Weddings + Events in Melbourne, FL

Creating your wedding planning checklist in Melbourne is a big job, but it doesn’t need to be overwhelming. By making a plan to start and then working one thing at a time, you will find yourself a master party planner in no time. For any questions you have, Ask Complete Weddings + Events to get our expert help on wedding planning in Melbourne!

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