The countdown is on for those of you getting married this summer. By this point, hopefully, you’ve taken care of the big things such as booking a venue and finalizing a guest list. Now, though, you’re ready to hire a caterer and plan your reception.

Here’s the thing: The reception is often what guests remember most about a wedding. With that in mind, you want to be sure to put plenty of thought into this part of your special day.

Here are five tips for planning a wedding reception:

Avoid overplanning

Couples taking the traditional route must account for the entrance, first dance, parents dance, toasts, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss, and exit. That’s a lot that needs to happen in just a few hours! So be mindful of time as you add other events to your reception.

The last thing you want to do is make the reception feel rushed. Trust us when we say you’d rather have time to mingle with guests and relax with your spouse as opposed to feeling as though you’re against the clock all night.

Consider a cocktail hour

It’s becoming more common for couples to go with their photographer for a while immediately after the ceremony. There’s just one question if you do this on your wedding day — what are your guests supposed to do while waiting for you to arrive at the reception? Well, instead of running the risk of having restless, hungry friends and family members, we recommend having a cocktail hour.

Let the DJ do their thing

Many couples try to plan the music for their entire reception. If you’re hiring a band or DJ (which you absolutely should), this is a big no-no. Keep in mind that a professional will be able to read the crowd and adjust the music to keep people on the dance floor. Just give them an idea of your music preferences ahead of time and let them take it from there.

Avoid overspending

Believe it or not, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. just two years ago was $25,000. You can divide that across the venue, caterer, DJ, and decor and still be left with a big chunk for the reception. But just because more couples are going into debt to afford an extravagant wedding doesn’t mean you have to do the same.

Have fun

This is your day and your chance to be the center of attention — enjoy it! If guests see you and your spouse eating, dancing, and having a good time, they’re going to do the same.

Book Our Caterer For Your Wedding Reception

A major part of your wedding reception planning will be finding the right catering service. But with so many caterers in St. Louis to choose from, how do you know which is best for your event?

This is where event catering at Wild Flower Restaurant comes into play. Not only do we prepare delicious food using local organic ingredients, but we can customize a menu based on your guests’ preferences and dietary restrictions.

See for yourself what makes us the top ceremony reception caterer in St. Louis. Contact Wild Flower Restaurant & Catering today.