I had just finished setting up my DJ equipment for a wedding reception in a posh downtown Omaha hotel in April of 2003. The guests began to arrive on time, and I began playing smooth jazz cocktail hour music. I went to the bar to get a drink. “Three dollars please,” the bartender said as he handed me the soft drink I requested. I walked away laughing as I thanked him, assuming he was joking. He immediately told me that he wasn’t joking and that I’d better pay up on my newly acquired debt with a serious expression. It was then that I saw the bar’s sign. “Drinks are $5.00 for beer and $3.00 for soft drinks.” I wasn’t the only one shocked by the drink charges, as I overheard some of the guests’ conversations around the bar. Have a look at Brighton Wedding Venue.

When it comes to giving my customers tips and suggestions, I have to reflect on my experiences as a wedding DJ. In this post, we’ll go through some wedding reception planning tips that are often ignored or dismissed by brides and grooms. These suggestions, on the other hand, will make the difference between happy and disappointed visitors at your reception. In short, the following suggestions will increase the likelihood that your visitors will stay and enjoy themselves at your reception.

I understand that many experts in the wedding industry give a plethora of advice and recommendations, and it can be difficult to take it all in at times. Clearly, a number of factors must come together to ensure that your wedding day is a success.

After speaking with and interviewing thousands of brides, I found three distinct themes that most of them shared when describing their reception expectations. They aimed to:

1. Maintain a seamless flow of events.
2. Don’t let the guests leave too soon.
3. Keep the guests dancing and having a good time.

As a DJ, I’ve had the distinct honour of being the first to arrive and the last to leave hundreds of wedding receptions. As a result, I am at ease and secure in giving you the advice you are about to read.

Overall, I’ve always believed that one of the most important things you can do to have a good reception is to think about things from your guests’ perspective.

TIP 1: Don’t charge your guests for drinks.
When it comes to weddings, brides and grooms are often constrained by financial constraints. You will surely save a little money by taking some shortcuts. But be cautious! The bar is one place where I strongly advise you not to cut corners. Making guests pay for their drinks is a bad idea that will destroy the party’s atmosphere. The truth is that guests despise having to pay for their drinks. Furthermore, a free bar is often all that is needed to keep guests who are on the fence from leaving early.

I do not condone binge drinking or any other form of violence. I’ve recently discovered that when the bar is open, the guests can loosen up, dance, and have a great time (or, in wedding terms, “hosted”). The bottom line is that an open bar is a must if you want visitors to stay and feel welcomed.

TIP 2: Do not begin the reception too soon.
I was the DJ for a reception that began at 2:30 p.m. in the summer of 2007. The event was held at a country club with big windows all over the reception area and a stunning golf course as a backdrop. The bride and groom planned a lot of dancing at the wedding, which would last until 8:30 p.m.