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How to Make Reception Special

Make Your Reception Special

The wedding reception is the first time you formally receive your relatives and friends as a married couple. Properly planned, it becomes one of the most joyous parties you will ever host. It can be as simple and demure as cake and punch in your home, or encompass a glorious five-course dinner and dance.


  • Decide your guest count, budget and what kind of location you would like, THEN begin looking for a venue.
  • The services of a professional consultant or coordinator can greatly enhance and expedite the planning of your reception.
  • When looking at sites, be sure you are looking at comparable costs. Some facilities include tables and chairs, others don’t. Be sure to find out what the total costs will be.
  • Reserve your reception spot 12 to 18 months in advance.
  • Station the bar well away from the buffet or food service area so there won’t be any congestion.
  • Remember to make it yours. Allow your personalities and the things you love as a couple to be represented. You can do this through your cake topper, photo booth props, guest ‘book’ or favors.
  • Possible locations include meeting halls, hotels, restaurants or clubs. Churches sometimes have their own halls. Gardens and historical mansions also make for wonderful receptions.
  • Visit the reception site and map out how you’d like it set up. Consider grouping furniture to stimulate conversation without obstructing traffic flow.
  • Be sure to find out what limitations the venue has regarding other vendors.
  • Include something interactive that your guests will enjoy. Who doesn’t love yard games during cocktail hour or a photo booth at the reception?
  • Check out the parking. Is it free? If not, consider ordering parking passes and include them in the invitation. Arrange to pay only for those redeemed.


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