Rochester Brides & Grooms May - November 2017 Issue #51 - Page 79

R eceptions is where many couples spend most of their effort planning. There are a number of details to cover. The Greater Rochester Bride & Groom would like to guide you through the necessary steps in planning your reception to help it go as smoothly as possible and so you can enjoy your special day with the close friends and family who are there to share it with you. com hy. ap r og Your Reception a. Determine your budget before you start your planning. b. Set your limit to avoid wasting time looking at sites that may not fit your budget. c. It is a good idea to leave a cushion to cover unexpected costs. Step 1: Budget a. Estimate the number of guests that will attend. b. The number of guests will impact your budget and the location of your reception. Step 2: Guest List a. Decide on the type of reception you would like to have: • formal or informal • indoor or outdoor • large or small • themes • time of year (winter, spring, summer or fall) • afternoon or evening b. Plan your ideal wedding without leaving anything out. Then, cut back on the reception to realistically fit your budget and surroundings. c. There are endless possibilities. Just use your imagination: • a simple, but elegant champagne brunch or dessert buffet • a classy cocktail party with hors’d’oeuvres • a unique tropical or international theme • a social cocktail party with buffet or sit-down dinner • a formal black tie, sit-down dinner Step 3: Type l by p h o to : May - November 2017 • Continued on Page 78 77