Making Your Wedding Reception Unique
Creating a great wedding reception is about taking the proper
time with your wedding planning, making smart decisions about your
wants and needs, and keeping a cool head during the wedding
planning process. You're planning what's going to be one of the
most wonderful days of your life, and it should be enjoyable!
Keep the following tips in mind when planning your wedding
In reality, there are no rules to having a great wedding
reception. You can have a traditional wedding reception or one that
suits who you are as a couple. Your tastes, values, priorities, and
your cultural background should all be considered. You
can draw wedding ideas from wherever you want, but don't feel
obligated to celebrate or shape your wedding reception in a certain
way. Many of the most beautiful and memorable wedding receptions
start out with a unique and personalized idea.
Creating a time-line for your reception will give
you a visual outline of what your wedding reception will look
like. You can start out with very general blocks of time, or
perhaps even a list of what you want to include. What's
important is that you create a visual representation of your
reception that you can refer back to when asking questions,
sourcing materials, and making decision.
- Wedding Photos
- Cocktails in the foyer
- Guests sign the guest book
- Guests are seated
- Receiving line
- Dinner is served
- Wedding toasts begin
- First Dance
- Wind down
- Bouquet toss
Again, it's your wedding, so you can add in absolutely whatever
you want. For example, in traditional Greek Weddings, guests often
break dishes for good luck!
After you have your time line and you know what your wedding
reception will ultimately look like, you can begin to work with the
venue to make it happen, and really bring the reception to life.
This includes sourcing materials, talking to your wedding caterer
(or, in many cases, the venue if they handle wedding catering),
choosing table centrepieces, and more.
Compile a list of venues. Narrow and narrow them down based on
your needs. Pricing, capacity, how much you like the look of their
ballroom, take everything into account when narrowing the list.
Always keep your individual needs in mind when choosing your
wedding venue. Refer back to your timeline and how you see your
wedding reception shaping up. Talk to potential venues about what
they provide. Do they have free parking? Do they offer catering?
Finding outside wedding caterers can be an extra hassle, but if the
venue provides catering, you need to make sure its truly
gourmet. You will also want them to be fully licensed.
The other important aspect of venue selection is how well the
venue answers your questions. Are they truly able to bring your
dream wedding reception to life? How willing are they to help you
customize and create a wedding that's uniquely yours? Your
dream venue should be able to provide almost all the services
you're looking for, and they should have a long list of outside
wedding suppliers and partners so that you are able to get
absolutely every detail you're after.
In Ottawa, wedding facilities will be mostly booked up for
months in advance, giving you fewer options for your ideal date if
you wait too long. Many places begin booking for dates up to
two years in advance. If you're open to a weekday wedding,
availability will open up a fair bit more and costing could be
significantly reduced, but overall it's always best to book a
facility as soon as possible.
The Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre is your first choice
for dazzling and one-of-a-kind wedding receptions in Ottawa. We have
completely customizable wedding packages available to inspire you with
inspired ideas for your perfect wedding celebration!