What to Pack For Your Wedding Reception

Photo and decor by Hitch Studio

Here it is! Everyone’s wedding reception is different. Some hired a decorator and wedding planner (like Hitch Studio) and some are DIYers. This all-inclusive list should be helpful for everyone when it comes to packing for your wedding reception:

General Reception Items

  • Cake server/knife (get engraved if you wish)
  • Cake topper and cake stand
  • Linens for your tables (skirting if necessary)
  • Decorations for your tables
  • Menu cards or name cards for seating
  • Reserved signs for reception tables
  • Head table backdrop/décor
  • Vases for the bride/bridesmaid bouquets at head table
  • Toasting glass (have engraved if you wish)
  • Favors
  • Wedding favors sign
  • Specialty napkins
  • Snacks for social hour or desserts (if you’re providing)
  • Copy of your “thank you” speech
  • Card Box (if not using from Hitch)
  • Guest book (and pens/markers)
  • Photo booth props
  • Seating chart (if not provided by Hitch)
  • Sparklers/bubbles/wands/exit favors (and something to put them in)
  • Any special signage (welcome sign, special quotes, last name, etc.)
  • Easel (if needed for signage)
  • Tupperware for top tier of cake
  • Bouquet used for the toss (if not the bride’s bouquet)
  • Any DIY items
  • Kids activity bags (if you wish)
  • Bathroom Kits (with items for guests to freshen up)
  • Photos to be displayed
  • Vendor contact list and timeline of your day
  • Checks/cash to pay vendors (or gratuities if you wish)
  • Extra cash (just in case!)
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Bride’s Reception Items

  • Change of comfortable shoes
  • Touch up make-up
  • Hairspray, extra bobby pins, comb/brush
  • Deodorant/perfume
  • Gum or mints
  • Tissues
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cell phone charger
  • Overnight bag/honeymoon luggage
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If this list is overwhelming to you, let Hitch Studio help with your decorating! We can bring everything in, set it all up, take it all down, and return any rentals or linens, etc. we may have used for you. Contact us today if that seems like a low-stress option for you.

Seating chart design and photo by Hitch Studio
Wedding styling and photo by Hitch Studio

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