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Planning A Wedding Reception


After your wedding ceremony, it's time for your reception - an event full of fun, music, laughter, and, most importantly, a celebration with all your family and friends that have come to support you on this special day. In this post, we will explain what a wedding reception is, and more importantly, how to successfully plan one!


A Wedding Reception is the grand finale of your wedding day celebration, the time to celebrate and dance the night away with those you love. Generally, wedding receptions usually include food, drinks, music, and dancing. It's a great way for all your family and friends to come together in one place and share in the joy of your celebration.


Wedding receptions may be hosted anywhere from a hotel ballroom to an outdoor patio. However, since it is a very important day, it is best to make sure you choose a venue that fits your overall wedding theme. When planning your reception, several important details need to be meticulously taken care of, including choosing a venue, deciding on a menu, selecting music, and deciding on decorations.


Are You Looking For The Perfect Setting For Your Wedding Reception?

At Union Bluff Hotel and Meeting House, we specialize in making your dream wedding come true. Indulge in the picturesque ocean views as you and your beloved share an unforgettable first dance amidst the setting sun. Our team of professionals and dedicated staff will attend to every detail, allowing you to revel in the celebration with family and friends worry-free.


Let us make this special day more magical by creating a tailored menu featuring premium dishes from the freshest ingredients available. We also provide signature cocktails so guests can enjoy themselves without any worries. These amazing features are included in our packages – talk about stress-free planning! 


Let's help you create lasting memories with your spouse - Contact us today to book Union Bluff Hotel and Meeting House for your wedding reception!


A Historical Perspective of Wedding Receptions

Following a wedding ceremony, guests are invited to a reception. Traditionally, a reception was the place to greet and feed wedding guests. After World War II, expensive weddings increased in frequency. Wedding ceremonies were frequently held at the bride's family estate. The parents' wealth and status were commonly used to determine the level of sophistication of celebration. Over time, it transformed into a party event as individuals started organizing wedding receptions in dance halls with plenty of guests.


Nowadays, the bridal feast and the reception are frequently combined. Regarding how wedding receptions are now being celebrated, the sky’s the limit! Hosting the reception and dinner in a personal residence or wedding hall is quite popular, with the ceremony, reception and refreshments all taking place in one location.


5 Simple Tips to Planning Your Wedding Reception

It is important to remember to prioritize fun, enjoyment ,and satisfaction during the wedding planning process. This is your special day, and it should be centered around celebrating your love for one another and being surrounded by loved ones. While it is natural to have some concerns, it is important to not let minor details consume your thoughts and take away from the overall experience.


1. Set Your Wedding Budget and Stick to It


Most of your wedding-related decisions will be influenced by your budget; therefore, this should be one of your top priorities. Ask family members who plan to contribute how much they feel comfortable spending. It's important to look closely at your money if you're paying the bill yourself.


When it comes to budgeting for your wedding, be prepared for a reality check because many couples are unaware of the entire extent of the costs involved. Once you've determined the magic number, don't budge!


2. Construct a List of Wedding Priorities

Decide on the key elements of your wedding by sitting down with your partner. Is it the location or a particular wedding date? Securing a specific wedding band or photographer?


Put those elements first, and be prepared to make compromises on the other issues. It will enable you to stick to your spending plan and concentrate on the things that matter most.


3. Determine Your Wedding Style

Start by narrowing down your favorite bridal inspiration sources, such as Pinterest, Instagram, publications, and reputable bridal websites. Once you visit prospective providers, it helps you understand your desired wedding style. Don't let the abundance of wedding inspiration overwhelm you.


You can choose the appearance and feel you want and stay in line with your bigger vision by creating one or more Pinterest boards or a visual collage on a cork or poster board.


4. Get Organized

If you can, gather your ideas, budgets, data, etc., in one location for easy analysis. You can use checklists, spreadsheets, Word, Excel, Google Docs, or anything else to make the process clear and easily comprehensible. Some valuable internet tools and apps are also available to help you stay organized. 


5. Involve Your Significant Other in the entire process

Don't think that you are doing the wedding planning by yourself. Consult with your spouse as you go; their insight is sure to be priceless, and even if they're only involved in a few details, it makes planning the wedding more enjoyable when you decide together.


Having a shared objective strengthens your relationship with your partner and helps you develop as a pair with each problem you solve together.


Benefits of Choosing Union Bluff for Wedding Reception

The Union Bluff Hotel and Meeting House is a unique, historic venue for couples to celebrate the start of their marriage. Located on one of Maine's most beautiful beaches, our facility features a cozy atmosphere and excellent views to give you the most memorable wedding reception.


We understand that every couple's wedding reception needs differ, and we offer tailored packages to fit your desires. Whether you're looking for something traditional or contemporary – we have it all! 


Here are some of the benefits of choosing Union Bluff:

  • The Union Bluff Meeting House is the perfect backdrop for your wedding or special event, offering a classic and warm interior décor that will enhance any theme.
  • Our oceanfront location can accommodate up to 200 guests, with a professional custom dance floor and stunning waterfront views during the cocktail hour.
  • Our Event Coordinators' services are included with your booking to ensure that all details of your special event are addressed.
  • With the option to claim the building for your event, you and your guests can enjoy even more privacy and exclusivity.
  • Our customized menu options provide fresh, local fare, ensuring that your meal is just as memorable as your special day.


At Union Bluff, your wedding reception will be unforgettable. Our experienced team is here to help turn your vision into reality and create memories that will last a lifetime. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your special day perfect!


Frequently Asked Questions about Wedding Receptions


Q: Who Attends a Wedding Reception?

A: Generally speaking, a wedding reception is attended by all the guests invited to attend the ceremony. It could include close family members, bridesmaids/groomsmen, colleagues and friends of the couple, etc. The couple can decide whether to include children or to limit the events for adults-only.


Q: How Long Does a Wedding Reception Last?

A: The length of time will depend on what type of wedding reception you plan. Wedding receptions usually last anywhere from four to eight hours, depending on the number of guests, type of venue and other variables.


Q: How Much Does a Wedding Reception Cost?

A: Wedding receptions can vary greatly in cost depending on factors such as the type of venue chosen, catering services required, decor and entertainment, etc.


Final Thoughts

To ensure that your wedding reception is truly unforgettable, take the time to understand the key elements that go into planning such an event, including decorations, food, and entertainment. With proper planning and organization, you can create a beautiful and memorable experience for yourself and your guests!


If you are still searching for the perfect venue, Union Bluff Hotel and Meeting House offers all-inclusive packages that promise an incredible experience. Contact us today to learn more about our delightful packages and how we can make your special day unforgettable!

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