Creating the right atmosphere at your evening wedding reception
10 June 2014
An evening wedding reception, whether your main reception or as an extra to a more formal daytime reception is a fantastic excuse to party! It will (hopefully) be the only wedding evening party you have so you will want to make the most of it. Your wedding, and subsequent reception and party are all about you. They should reflect your personality, and make it a night to remember for yourself, and for your guests.
Creating the right atmosphere is a mix of different things but the first thing you need to do is have a good look at the venue, both during the day and at the time of night you’ll be throwing your wedding party. If you’re allowed, pay a quick visit to someone else’s evening reception, not only to see the venue in action, but also to steal some good ideas.
Here our top tips for ways to create the right atmosphere at your evening wedding reception
1 – Theme the venue. Check out the furniture and décor provided by the venue. Chances are you’ll be provided with basic tables and dining chairs and not much else. You may want to consider replacing, or at least supplementing the furniture provision with more club-style sofas and low tables, or brightly coloured bar stools, or even creating a chill-out area with cushions and armchairs. If the venue doesn’t have what you need and you can’t borrow it, you should look into furniture hire.
2 – Music. Music and entertainment has the potential to make or break your party atmosphere and time and effort needs to be spent to make sure you get the right music provision for you. Whether you want a clubland DJ, a string quartet, or a ceilidh band, you should ask around for recommendations and go to see them at a similar event to confirm that they are the music professionals for you. There’s nothing like a cheesy DJ to spoil the night for you and your guests.
3 – Lighting. The benefit of having an evening party is you’re not battling natural light so much and can create any sort of atmosphere you want. Popular choices for evening wedding receptions are light-up freestanding letters, fake fire lights, and strings of fairy lights. Lighting can be toned down or up to suit as the night progresses, and is brilliant for banishing the gloomy corners that some event venues seem to have. Again, if the venue doesn’t have what you need, then hire it!
4 – Inject some fun. Parties are meant to be fun so add some with entertaining items. Photo booths with props such as brightly coloured wigs and inflatable musical instruments are extremely popular right now. Just set it up and watch your guests create entertaining photos for themselves and for your wedding album. Fairground rides and carnival-style sideshows are brilliant for evening garden parties, and don’t be afraid to set up traditional party games. Pin the Tail on the Donkey, with a bit of an imaginative twist, is fun for all ages.
Creating the right atmosphere is about making the party suit you and your personality. Your friends and family have come to join in your special day, so whatever you’re happy with will create a party that is all about you. Let your personality shine through and you’ll have the evening reception that you and your guests will remember for a long time.