If you're in the process of planning your wedding, and you're not using a professional wedding planner, then it is important that you spend some time making sure you have lined up the best venue, food, and music. These are the three key ingredients to a successful wedding. If you have the right place to host your wedding reception, a great menu, as well as the right music played by a good wedding DJ, then you're going to have a super memorable wedding. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Choosing The Right Venue
You want to pick a wedding reception space that is appropriate. This doesn't mean that you should get the most extravagant wedding hall. You don't have to rent out the Ritz, or some similar venue. In fact, if you are hosting a small reception and don't have a huge guest list, it's actually a really bad idea to get a big space. The large room is better suited to a large wedding guest list. You don't want to host a small number of people in a large hall as it will make the event seem impersonal. A small wedding reception needs an intimate hall. Likewise, if you are hosting a large reception, you don't want to cramp everyone into the room. So, make sure to visit several places and get a good sense of what it looks like beforehand. Don't just rely on photos from a website.
Picking Out The Right Menu
Make sure your menu tastes great and is also accommodating to your guests. It's always good to have a vegetarian entree for guests who don't eat meat or fish. And it's also super important to taste this food ahead of time. So, make sure that you have your caterer make a small sample menu. Many people only focus on the cake, but it's important to focus on the entrees and appetizers as well.
Finding An Appropriate Wedding DJ
Lastly, always test out the wedding DJ. You never want to just trust that they will play the music you like. You should ask for a playlist to hear ahead of time. It's also a good idea to get a sense of what sort of equipment they use. Will they bring their own large speakers to the event? Are they going to use a mixing table to help the transitions, or will they use a laptop? You might want to get a sense of the equipment they use. Many wedding DJs will have photos of their prior events so you can get a sense of how they perform. This way you won't be caught off guard and end up with a dance-floor where no one is dancing.