Your wedding day is one of the most wonderful days of your life. In a beautiful ceremony, you and your betrothed will commit your lives to one another in front of your closest family and friends. While you will always look back fondly on that ceremony, what everyone will remember most vividly is the reception. Wedding receptions are meant to be the celebration of your new union. They last three to four hours as opposed to twenty minutes for a ceremony. Receptions thus represent both a wealth of tradition and an opportunity to let your individuality shine through. When it comes to wedding receptions, getting it right will pay off in memories that will last a lifetime.

Get The Right DJ

If you are still deciding between booking a wedding DJ and hiring a band, save yourself a world of trouble and settle quickly on a DJ. They allow you much more versatility, give you more control, and take up so much less space. With that in mind, getting the perfect DJ is possibly the most important decision of your entire wedding.

You want someone who provides so much more than an iPod with a playlist. Wedding receptions are essentially parties with stopping points for tradition. You need someone who can be your master of ceremonies, expertly weaving between first dances, dinner, and cake cutting. Ideally, you’ll want a team, that way one can stay behind the booth and keep control of the music while the other moves through the crowd to keep people engaged.

Delegate and Enjoy

Wedding receptions are unique, shared experiences that provide you with an opportunity to create lasting memories with the people closest to you. Unfortunately, they also have a large number of moving parts that need to be managed and adjusted throughout the celebration. If you are not careful, you can end up spending more time running your reception than you do enjoying all the festivities. It is absolutely essential to have a wedding coordinator on hand to take all the responsibility of managing the party off of your hands.

Meet with your coordinator multiple times before the day itself. They should know everything that you want to accomplish, and when each part should take place. You want to be very careful that your coordinator does not come into the preparations with their own agenda. Professional coordinators have put on so many weddings, there is a danger that they will come into the initial meetings championing ideas that make their job easier, but do not necessarily fit your vision. The ideal coordinator is someone who can take your vision and schedule and simply execute it. They should operate as a shepherd, leading you and your new spouse from event to event, so that your only focus is on your enjoyment.

There are, of course, many other considerations in making your wedding reception as great as possible. However, nailing these two personnel decisions can go a long way towards making your special day everyone’s favorite event of the year.