- Manchester-Coffee County
- Your Wedding, and Planning the Event
- Setting a Date
When setting your date, be sure to choose alternate
dates just in case your preference is unavailable. Many
times the availability of the ceremony and reception
sites will be a major factor in determining the actual
date of your wedding.
Setting a date and contacting the Ceremony site and
Reception site should be done very early. Many places
take bookings one year in advance and you should be
aware of Holidays and special events within the
community, because they may affect the availability of
your reception site and hotel.
Remember, December is a very busy month for Reception
sites due to company Christmas Parties.
Setting a Time
The time of day that you decide to have
your wedding affects many decisions you will make about
your reception. Late afternoon or evening weddings
usually have receptions during normal dinner times,
therefore heavy hors d’oeuvres or a full meal is
necessary. Afternoon receptions require less food
because it is in between standard meal times.
Timing also affects what type of entertainment you may
want to provide. For example, evening receptions tend to
have DJ’s or bands that will play into the night.
Choosing a Menu
Deciding on a menu is can be a difficult decision
because of all the factors involved like; Time of year,
time of day, tradition, and budget. The Conference
Center’s Menu is flexible in order to accommodate your
specific catering requests, however, we will be glad to
design a specific menu according to your wishes that you
may not find on our menu.
Wedding Reception Floor Plan page)
The first factor is the type of food that will be
served. If you are planning on having hors d’oeuvres,
seating for the entire party is not required. If you are
having a plated meal or buffet, then we will have to
plan for enough space for everyone to have a seat.
Another important factor is the type of entertainment
you are providing, such as a DJ or Band. These two types
of entertainment will need a dance floor as well as
space for their equipment.
After allowing space for the food (Buffet), guests, and
entertainment, it is time to consider the cake table,
registration table, gift table, and any other specialty
table you might need.
Many reception floor plans also incorporate a head table
for the wedding party.
The Conference Center will waive the room fee for all
parties that allow us to host their Reception and
Rehearsal Dinner. We will set up a smaller, more
intimate room for your rehearsal dinner and then reset
the room for your reception the next night.
Our menu has a wide arrange of meal options to choose
from or we will be glad to customize a menu specifically
for your event.
Other Things to
Consider When Planning Your Reception
The Conference Center will provide the
china and silver necessary for your wedding cakes. After
the ceremonial cut, our banquet captain and staff will
step in and finish the cutting and platting for you at
no cost. If you do have someone special that you want to
cut your cake, our staff will assist them as needed.
Master of Ceremonies
This can be a very important job,
especially for larger receptions. Many times the DJ or a
member of the Band will act as Master of Ceremonies.
Be sure to inform the Conference Center of any
specific requests that the band or entertainment might
have. Most of the special requests made by a band are
already included, however there may be a request that
will require special attention and extra cost.