Every summer Lyon Air Museum has the pleasure of hosting multiple wedding receptions at our banquet hall in Orange County. In an effort to help ease the stress of couples who are currently planning a wedding, we’ve asked some of our favorite event planners to give us their tips for planning a fantastic reception.  
Setting the Budget
This was unanimously regarded as the most important tip for planning a wedding reception. 
“You shouldn’t make any decisions or plans until you have decided what your budget is. If you have family members that are pitching in, now is the time to talk with them to see what they’re comfortable contributing. Then take a look at your own finances” said one wedding planner in Newport Beach. 
The Guest List
Once you have a budget ironed out, you’ll be able to move on to the guest list. Sit down with your significant other, and make the list of people who absolutely have to be there. Obviously the list will be comprised of family members, as well as close family friends. 
After you’ve made the list of non-negotiable invitations, it’s time for you and your significant other to start talking about which extended family members, friends, colleagues, and co-workers will make the list. If you have a big enough budget to fit everyone in, then you won’t have to worry about this. However, the wedding experts we spoke to said that this is one of the hardest parts of planning the reception, because you don’t realize just how many people you know until this moment.
One bride in Irvine mentioned “I would’ve loved to invite every cousin, co-worker, college roommate, and acquaintance, but it just wasn’t realistic. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but you have to cap the list somewhere”.  
Choosing the Right Wedding Planner
A wedding coordinator’s job is to help you plan your event and then ensure that the plan runs smoothly. Without proper planning, weddings can be stressful, so having an event coordinator in your corner to assist you with the process can’t be underestimated.   
Choosing the right planner for you will depend on how much involvement you’re looking for. Do you need them to plan every single detail, or are you just looking for someone to direct traffic on the day of the wedding? Or maybe you’re just looking for someone to assist with finding the right event venue, photographer, and caterer for you? These are all things to consider before starting the interview process with potential planners.
Ask people in your extended circle of friends if they have a recommendation for a wedding planner they worked with. If you can’t find one that way, the following websites should help you in your search:
Choosing an Event Venue in Orange County
Trying to pick a banquet hall in Orange County to host your wedding can be overwhelming. There are hundreds of places to choose from, all with different amenities and price points.
As with most things in life, the most important consideration is location. Choosing an event space that your guests can easily access is paramount. Additionally, if you have guests coming in from out of town, we recommend a venue that doubles as a hotel, or is at least a short drive from hotels.
Beyond that, it’s important to make sure that the facility you choose has all of the amenities that are non-negotiable for your ceremony. Be sure to ask each event venue about your specific needs for things like lighting, audio, catering, heating and air, etc.  
From all of us at Lyon Air Museum, we wish you luck in planning your wedding, and send our congratulations!