Everyone has an idea of how they want their wedding day to go. From the ceremony itself to the wedding reception, you want it to operate smoothly, which makes preparation essential. You may be excited to choose colors and centerpieces, but the layout of your reception may be a little more overwhelming. Use these tips as a starting point, and you can create a memorable, yet functional wedding reception layout.
Top 3 Layout Tips For Your Wedding Reception
1. Plan Around The Wedding Party
As many moving parts as there may be throughout your wedding, it's important to remember what lies at the center of it all. The bride, groom, wedding party, and immediate family members should all take center stage, so plan your event's layout around them. Using the wedding party as a focal point—with VIP tables on either side reserved for close family—is a great way to make sure the rest of the reception layout falls into place.
2. Think About Your Seating Vibe
With the head table in place close to family, you can start thinking about the seating arrangements you'd like for the rest of your guests. If you want everyone to get in on the party and dance the night away, try to plan your table arrangements around the dance floor. With the dancing area in the middle, it will invite guests to join in the fun. If you are more interested in encouraging your guests to mingle, choose smaller tables that will foster conversation.
3. Consider Spacing for Entertainment & the Bar
Whether you have a DJ or a band, you will need to factor them into the overall wedding reception layout. Place them where their music can be heard easily from the dance floor. Consider positioning the bar in an easily accessible spot so that dancers and conversationalists alike can find refreshments. Make sure you have enough bar space and staff to accommodate your guest list, and spread the bars out a little if you end up with more than one.
Remember, you don't have to handle all of these decisions yourself. If you choose a venue that hosts many weddings, their staff can recommend popular and effective layouts. The staff at Atanaha Event Center in Bigfork, MT, will help you find the perfect setup for your wedding. The stunning location is easily accessible off Montana Highway 83, and it offers a beautiful, natural location for events of all sizes. Visit them online for information on their amazing wedding reception services, and give them a call today at (406) 837-2231.