The Wedding Guy The reception is traditionally thought to produce the largest cost for most weddings so it's important you think it though carefully.
So now you're Mr and Mrs, it's time to celebrate!
The wedding reception is a formal celebration, where you are "received" for the first time by your family and friends as a married couple.
Rotorua is absolutely full of options when it comes to wedding reception possibilities.
Whether it's an intimate picnic along the shoreline of one of our beautiful lakes, a large lavish affair at a hotel or a lodge wedding - Rotorua has it all.
On the other hand, a laid-back affair in your own backyard with family and friends around the barbecue could be just the ticket too, especially if you're on a tight budget.
The reception is traditionally thought to produce the largest cost for most weddings so it's important you think it though carefully.
A few important things to remember on planning your wedding reception:
1. Ensure the whole day has "flow"
When your guests attend your wedding, they plan a day of it.
Sending them home after your ceremony to only come back a few hours later can be somewhat annoying.
Ideally, have refreshments and canapes between ceremony and reception to ensure the party mood builds and guests are catered for while official photos are being taken.
2. Your budget
Remember, at the end of the day, this is a shindig that reflects you. It doesn't have to be a bank-breaker.
If you are a more laid-back couple, a party at home might be more suitable than at a restaurant, as well as more affordable.
However, guests might be happy to contribute toward the cost of the dinner.
You need to think it through as a couple, as you both know your friends and family best.
3. Your guest list
It's the guest numbers that bump up the price of your reception.
If your funds are limited, only invite actual friends and close family.
4. Bar Tab
If you are organising the event yourself, get your liquor in bulk from a reputable supplier who knows their stuff.
Meet and discuss your beverage requirements and budget. Ask about their return policy.
If you're putting a tab on the bar, ensure you clearly tell staff at the hotel or lodge what the tab limit is and which beverages your guests are limited to ordering (i.e. wine, beer, juice etc).