(Closed) What is the most important thing about a reception?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll:
    Food : (34 votes)
    52 %
    Decor (centerpieces, linens, etc...) : (4 votes)
    6 %
    Photography : (6 votes)
    9 %
    Entertainment (music/ dancing/ activities) : (19 votes)
    29 %
    Flowers : (1 votes)
    2 %
    Accessibility (venue is easy to locate, parking, seating accommodations) : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Cake : (0 votes)
    Favors : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Absolutely the entertainment, followed by food.  I want my guests to have a great time and remember the DJ, the photo booth, etc.

    Post # 4
    7898 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    For your guests, the food, drinks, and music.

    For you, the photography.

    Almost no one will remember the decor unless it looks horrible or is way over the top. Same goes for flowers… pretty is enough. Lavish… might matter to you and might be something you notice in photos, but to the guests… no big deal.

    Favors are not necessary. I wouldn’t put any special emphasis on those.

    Post # 5
    516 posts
    Busy bee

    I think you can shine with “good” food and AWESOME entertainment.

    But if the entertainment is bad . . . it creates a really awkward environment.  People might eat their awesome food and then leave.

    The rest, in my opinion, are just details.


    Post # 6
    738 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    For me it was amazing food. I’m having a low key morning wedding though, so entertainment isn’t as important. The focus will be on sharing the meal together. I’ve put my heart and soul into decor bc I just love that kind of stuff. I do know of some guests who will totally appreciate it, but I it’s mostly for myself (:

    Post # 7
    2055 posts
    Buzzing bee

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    @LALaw:  Precisely.

    Dancing/entertainment and food are equally important, IMO. You don’t need entertainment (ex. a cake/punch reception or low-key dinner). BUT if you decide to have entertainment, then it better not suck!

    Post # 8
    1509 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Food is the biggest priority for my fiance and I.  We chose a fantastic caterer, and we’re both really excited to be working with him.  His prices are actually quite fair for the quality of food … We were really impressed when we went for our tastings (he gave us two free tastings since we had some very specific requests), and when he gave us the quotes we were like, “This is great!”  No, it’s not cheap … But we’re definitely not getting overcharged.

    Entertainment is a close second for us.  We splurged on a photobooth, and we’ll also be having a DJ that I feel confident will keep things going.  

    Basically we want everyone to have a great time.  If that means catching up with friends and family, taking silly pictures in the photobooth, dancing the night away, whatever … I just want people to have fun.  (This is probably causing me more stress than it should, but it’s just so important to me.)

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