Social night tips

This is by no means a full and perfect list of things you may need the night of your social. This is just a tool to help get you started.


  • Breath! First thing, take a min, you got this!
  • scissors
  • a few extra bags (that hold the draw tickets for each prize) -one may rip or you may miss count.
  • tape, scotch tape, masking tape (check with your venue as some limit different kinds) – sometimes the prizes need a little TLC when they arrive too
  • Markers, at least 2 colours. posters, the prize bags anything
  • 2 lock boxes, one for the front table and one to store your extra cash through the night
  • a pad lock ( many venues offer a cupboard or room to lock up your additional money and your personal items for the event, you just need a lock)
  •  Thank you cards for your bridal party (or anyone helping that night), even your DJ and your venue. It takes a team to put on a social, remember to thank them.

Addition items if your venue does not supply them or if you are having a social in a nontraditional venue;

  • Ice, ice bucket, ice tongs, or scoop
  • Cocktail napkins (2 per person)
  • Candles
  • Paper towels
  • Extra toilet paper
  • Plates (appetizer, salad, dinner, dessert)
  • Glasses (water, wine, mixed drink, beer, soda, coffee); some beverages can use the same type of glass
  • Silverware (Think through each course; a fresh spoon or stirrer is necessary for coffee.)
  • If you are serving warm food, check the tank or warming trays, charcoal, lighter fuel, bug spray, and citronella candles (if outdoors)
  • Coffee and assortment of tea bags
  • Cream and sugar
  • Salt and pepper, mayo, mustard, ketchup, ect
  • Wine, beer, and soda chilled
  • Wine and bottle opener
  • Bar garnishes (lime, lemon, olive)
  • Charged camera battery!
  • Garbage bags
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Club soda (for any thing that may spill, a great spot remover)
  • Space to chill beverages. It takes beer, wine, and soda 20 minutes to chill on ice. A large tub or cooler can be used in a back room.


Good luck at your social!

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