Choosing the Site You want a reception site that will suit your wedding style and accommodate your guests as comfortably as possible. The options are limitless:

  • Holiday Inn Hurstbourne/I-64 East
  • Conference center or banquet hall
  • Private home or manor
  • Gallery or museum
  • Restaurant
  • Country Club
  • Outdoors, in a park or under a tent

Be sure to ask what's included with your reception site. You may find that you'll need to hire an outside caterer, or even rent tables and chairs.

Eat, Drink, and be Married Whether you're having a cake and punch reception or a seven course meal, deciding what to serve your guests is never easy. Work with your Holiday Inn hotel banquet manager or caterer to create a menu that you and your guests will enjoy.

  • Ask our caterer or our Sales Department for menu recommendations. We can tell you what dishes will go well together, and which ones will work best with your wedding size and budget.
  • Let us know about any guests with special dietary restrictions. We can help you accommodate your guests' needs.
  • Don't forget your other wedding professionals. If necessary, we can provide simple meals for your photographer and musicians.

Taking the Cake While some traditions have come and gone, the wedding cake has endured as a spectacular centerpiece to the reception. Before you make that first cut though, you'll need to decide on what kind of cake you'd like:

  • Today's cakes come in every shape and size you can imagine. You can choose something that really fits your wedding style and your personal taste.
  • White cake isn't your only option. Ask your baker about creating the cake in your favorite flavor, or make each layer of the cake a different flavor.
  • You can decorate your cake however you choose. Bakers can create intricate flowers and decorations with frosting and sugar, or you can use fresh flowers for an elegant touch.
  • Let your baker know how many guests will be attending so you'll be sure to have enough cake for everyone. For extra savings, you can have a smaller, tiered cake to cut, and sheet cakes waiting in the kitchen for your baker to serve to your guests. Don't forget to ask for a taste test.
  • Don't forget about the groom's cake! Traditionally, the groom's cake is a dark chocolate or a dark fruit cake. It's usually cut right after the cutting of the bride and groom's wedding cake to create another sweet moment.

Reception Music When you're ready to have your first dance as husband and wife, you'll need a little musical accompaniment. Most couples prefer to hire a disc jockey or band to provide reception entertainment. A band gives you the energy of a live performance and their expertise at reading crowds and choosing songs that will keep the dance floor full the entire night. A disc jockey is a less expensive alternative that allows you to hear the songs as performed by the original artists.

Whether you choose a disc jockey or band, you'll want to discuss these points with them before the wedding:

  • Audition all prospective musicians/disc jockeys before you sign them. You want to make sure their sound fits your wedding style. Ask for references.
  • Let them know in advance about any special songs you'd like them to play, so they'll be sure to bring along the sheet music or CD. And, don't forget to tell them about any songs you'd rather not hear.
  • Get it in writing. The contract should include the name(s) of the musician(s)/disc jockey, what they should wear and what you'll be charged for any overtime they work.
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