Nov 04

Reception at Home Ideas – Wedding Preparation

Reception at Home Ideas – Wedding Preparation
A reception at home will have a more intimate atmosphere, but numbers may be restricted. A marquee in the garden will offer more space and flexibility. Depending on the number of guests, you may wish to consider hiring Professional caterers.

Refer to Checklist 26 ‘Reception – At Home’
□ Decide on the style of reception and number of guests
□ Consider hiring a marquee – see ‘Marquees’
□ Decide whether you will have additional guests in the evening U Decide whether you will prepare the food yourself or hire Professional caterers – see ‘Catering

Number of Guests
• Reception
• Evening reception

• Decide on the timings:
• caterers arrive
• arrival of guests
• meal
• speeches
• cutting the cake
• evening reception
• entertainment
• finish

Food and Drink
• Finger buffet
• fork buffet
• sit-down meal
• barbecue
• Consider the Provision of bar facilities

• Decide on seating arrangements, room layout, position of the cake table and any tables required for displaying or serving food
• Consider whether you have sufficient tables and chairs (consider hiring tables and chairs, if necessary)
• Consider whether an evening reception will necessitate a different room layout
• Decide whether you wish to display your wedding gifts
• Arrange a table for the gifts
• Consider cloakroom and toilet facilities
• Consider the availability of adequate car parking space
• Check access for any elderly or disabled guests
• Identify any other risks such as poor lighting, uneven surfaces, etc.
• Check with your insurance Company regarding public liability cover
• Establish whether any of your guests require overnight accommodation

• Consider whether the caterers will provide all the necessary staff or you will arrange your own helpers

• Determine whether the caterers will provide the flowers or you will supply your own
• Decide where you would like them placed

• Decide what decorations you will have
• Consider whether you will need any help

• Decide whether you wish to have any entertainment – see ‘Entertainment’
• Consider lighting, power supply and changing facilities
• Decide whether you wish to have any background music

1 week
• Telephone caterers and suppliers to check final arrangements
• Confirm the final numbers
• Prepare seating plan and write place name cards, if appropriate 1 day
• Arrange the seating, and tables for displaying and serving the food
• Set up the wedding gift table
• Decorate the house
• Arrange flowers


Checklist 26 Reception at Home

No. of Guests
Day Adults Children Total
Evening Adults Children Total
Caterers arrive Cutting the cake
Arrival of guests Evening reception
Meal Entertainment
Speeches Finish

Name of caterers Access for caterers Bar facilities Layout of rooms Tables and chairs Display of gifts

Cloakroom and toilet facilities
Car parking
Public liability insurance
Overnight accommodation Staff/Helpers

Checklist 26 Reception at Home (Cont.) Decorations
Clearing Away
Total cost £

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