3 Ways to Make a Wedding Reception Great

March 4, 2019

Planning a wedding can be very exciting, but for many couples it can also be very stressful! Whether you are planning a big wedding with hundreds of guests or a small wedding with only a handful of friends, there are many ways to make it a memorable affair. But what makes a wedding memorable? What can you do to ensure that your guests have a wonderful time and that you have the wedding you always dreamed of? There are a few factors that are important to consider when planning your wedding reception that can make it a hit, let’s take a closer look.

A wedding cake and a love sign at a wedding reception


The atmosphere of your wedding reception will set the tone for your entire event. Before selecting a venue, it is a good idea to know what type of reception you’d like to have. Do you want a formal sit down dinner in an elegant venue? Or are you looking for an old barn to throw a big barbeque in? In some scenarios the venue may be a blank slate, such as a reception hall in a church or a banquet room at a local hotel. In general it is easier to choose a venue that already has the atmosphere you want, so there is less decorating for you.

Once you’ve selected a venue you’ll want to fine tune your decor. For example, if you’ve chosen a rustic setting, such as a barn or winery, you may want to use candles, mason jars, and rustic signs for your decorating.


The time of your reception will have a big impact on the type and amount of food you provide your guests with. An afternoon wedding may require only hors d’oeuvres, while and evening wedding requires a full meal for your guests. The atmosphere may also drive the menu selections as well. Using our barn reception as an example, you might consider shaved meats and southern sides. In a more formal setting, however, the choice between a chicken and prime rib entree may be more appropriate.


Music and entertainment can also leave a big impression on your guests. Having music for dancing is a good way to encourage your guests to have a good time. If you are planning a more rustic wedding something such as a mechanical bull can be a great way to entertain your guests. Keeping your entertainment in line with your theming is important because it will make your reception more memorable and cohesive.

Planning a wedding and reception can be stressful, but once you have a theme in mind there are endless resources available to make the details a little easier. If you are in the market for some entertainment for your reception, contact us at Buckin Wild to learn more about our mechanical bull rental in Maryland. We have years of experience and would love to help you make your wedding one to remember!

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