Your First Celebration

  Termed “Reception” for the idea of hosting or receiving those who attended the marriage ceremony, the party following the wedding is traditionally thought of as a way to say thank you to your friends and family for their time and gifts. It is also the very first celebration of your marriage, and a time to relax and enjoy the completion of the months of planning the wedding.

 The most important thing you can do to create a memorable reception is to personalize it. This is the beginning of the rest of your life, and should represent who you are as a couple. Incorporate things that both of you would like, as well as one thing that is unique to each of you. Whether you prefer an elegant setting with smooth jazz or classical music playing softly in the background, or a high energy party complete with dance hits, this is your celebration: make it your own.

 Consider festive party games, such as trivia questions that the guests must answer about you and your partner, musical chairs, or a scavenger hunt. Have married guests write how many years they have been married on a 3×5 card along with a piece of marriage advice. Read them aloud and give a gift to the couple married the longest. Create picture albums or slide shows of each of you, from childhood to your wedding day, along with one of the two of you, from the time you met up to your rehearsal dinner.

 Usually, the food, drink, and activities of the reception account for half of the total budget and cost of the wedding. Fortunately, Electra Cruises’ affordably priced packages include the the ceremony, reception, menu, wedding cake with your choice of filling and flavor, photographer, disk jockey, and much more, all the while completely personalizing your wedding to your specifications.

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