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The wedding reception is where the party really starts. It’s where you and your guests will celebrate your “I dos” with drinking, dancing, mixing and mingling. Find out how to choose the best venue for you, how to decorate it, and of course, how to choose the menu.



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Appetizers only
Kris, On December 15, 2022 at 12:18

I’m planning our wedding, it’s the second for us both. We want simple but elegant-ish, live band, good party. I’m thinking it’ll start at 6:00, we will tell everyone to eat dinner beforehand and will...

K1327, wednesday 28-Dec-22 5 85
How many Cake Tiers?!
Amanda, On November 23, 2022 at 12:53

Are you stacking your wedding cake sky high?? Or do you love the clean look of a single tier? Does it all depend on how many guests you need to feed? How many tiers will your wedding cake have?! This...

Amanda, tuesday 27-Dec-22 12 107
Late Night Food
Jasmine, On October 17, 2022 at 10:19

Is it okay to skip the late night food option? Our wedding will end at midnight with dinner ending around 8 or so. I really don’t want to do it as it’s more $$$

ErnesttewHD, monday 26-Dec-22 12 207
Splurge or Save: Cocktail hour?!
Amanda, On December 13, 2022 at 13:28

Between your ceremony and reception, what will be on offer for your guests to enjoy while you and your husband and wedding party go and adventure taking photos?! Cocktails? Hors d'oeuvres?...

Amanda, friday 23-Dec-22 23 214 1
End of Reception - Last Song
Julie, On November 3, 2022 at 13:59

Have you decided on how you want to end your spectacular night? Slow song? or an upbeat hit? And what tune would that be? Or Sparkler send off?

Julie, friday 23-Dec-22 10 106
Alcohol for daytime ceremony/reception?
Katie, On December 16, 2022 at 12:06

Our ceremony will take place at 11am and the event will end at 3pm. We will have about 40 people, only half those people will be drinking. Our venue has an option for open bar $75/ or...

Hank, tuesday 20-Dec-22 3 96
Unorthodox wedding photos?!
Katherine, On November 9, 2022 at 12:11

Hey! Getting married next September in the Rockies and my partner and I share a love for rock climbing. So obviously it just makes sense to take some photos of us on the wall with our photographer at...

Derek, sunday 18-Dec-22 8 91 1
First dance length
Allison, On November 30, 2022 at 18:59

How long is your first dance song? How long is too long? The song we picked is 4:37, I love the song but I don’t want to bore our guests.

Carine, thursday 8-Dec-22 8 75
rsvp for Reception only guests
Krystal, On December 7, 2022 at 09:22

Is it weird to have reception only guests RSVP on our website? We will be getting married on our property so I would like to know numbers of how many to expect for light night snack and booze. We plan...

Carine, thursday 8-Dec-22 3 88
Number of Votives for Rectangle Tables?
Itsemmalouisa, On December 7, 2022 at 21:11

How many votives will we need for a table that's 95.5" long? If you're interested in some context/the design we're going for, we're having a mix of circular and rectangular tables. We're thinking that...

Itsemmalouisa, wednesday 7-Dec-22 50
Food price
Jacquie, On November 21, 2022 at 14:36

I think picking the food to serve is the HARDEST part of planning this wedding!! That being said, future brides, past brides, etc what do you think is a reasonable price for catering? The one I am...

Jacquie, friday 2-Dec-22 8 161
Online Wedding Dance Lessons?
Johanna, On November 21, 2022 at 13:25

Suggestions? I found this . Anyone tried it?

Malyssa, tuesday 29-Nov-22 1 37
Question on Food/ Dinner
Samantha, On November 9, 2022 at 20:22

Hi there, My wedding is not until 2024 however I had an idea today and wanted to see if it's tacky or if anyone else has done it, etc. My fiancé and I are love snacks and appetizers and finger foods....

KELLY, friday 25-Nov-22 8 127 1
How much was your Decorator and Florist? Were they combined?
Tina, On February 3, 2020 at 18:49

Hey Ladies! Alright, so ours is two in one. He's a florist and decorator so keep in mind these are prices put together. We are having a big wedding - roughly 200 to 220 people and I'm what my FH...

Tenesha, wednesday 23-Nov-22 18 759
What are your opinions on Kissing Games?
Jessica, On November 3, 2022 at 04:42

I am currently planning my wedding for May 2023, and am wondering if we should include a kissing game during our reception! I've seen it done at one wedding, but not many!

Joy, monday 21-Nov-22 14 212 1
Reception Dress
Rebecca, On August 31, 2022 at 22:41

Hello beautiful people! What are your thoughts about having a wedding dress and a reception dress? I thought it might be a good idea to have a different, cheaper dress for the reception so I can...

Smith, sunday 13-Nov-22 17 252
Post Wedding Party
Liana, On July 7, 2021 at 13:01

This past month, we got married after postponing from June 2020. We had a small ceremony of 12 and then met at a restaurant (total 25 guests) with immediate families. Our original plans was to have...

William_Davis, monday 7-Nov-22 5 179
Banquet Hall Next Steps for Bachelor Party
Carlos, On December 7, 2020 at 00:13

Hey guys, I'm Austin. My elder brother's marriage is fixed. Before the wedding, we are palling for a bachelor party, and he confides me for the arrangements. So I think a banquet hall is okay for...

William_Davis, monday 7-Nov-22 3 184
Idea's for games at the reception.
Mickayla, On November 3, 2022 at 17:13

I'm looking for ideas that we can use for games at the reception. I'm not wanting *clinking* of the glasses to get the couple to kiss. My older brother and his wife did that you have to tell a story...

CarmenTupOM, sunday 6-Nov-22 3 148
Drink costs
Frankie, On October 30, 2022 at 09:03

Hi everyone! I’m trying to figure out what is acceptable range is for the cost of drinks. My venue is offering:- $11 per ticket for drink tickets- $38 per bottle for red/white wine...

Hank, monday 31-Oct-22 2 95
Anyone else skipping their reception?
Chantelle, On October 12, 2022 at 19:34

After looking the past few days at reception venues I’m starting to think, is this really necessary for my wedding? I’m having a small wedding In the mountains and considering just doing something fun...

Liberty, thursday 13-Oct-22 10 105
Gratuities and rental
Sharlene, On July 3, 2019 at 16:03

Just curious to know were you charged gratuities and/or service charge only on your food and beverage costs or also on your rental cost for your reception rental assuming you are using the same...

Ann, tuesday 11-Oct-22 23 2,082
Wedding Favors - Yay or Nay?!
Amanda, On September 19, 2022 at 18:39

Are you giving all of your guests a favor to take home? If so, tell us what you're giving to your guests as a thank you! Or does the food, booze, and festivities cover it for you? My husband and I...

Rebecca, monday 10-Oct-22 33 263
Kid friendly? Or not kid friendly?
Jacquie, On September 29, 2022 at 14:34

Hi all! So we’re getting married next year, on a Monday. It’s a very unpopular decision on my man’s side of the family. (I also don’t care) it’s mostly unpopular because it’s a school night. Most of...

Rebecca, monday 10-Oct-22 12 233
Sara, On September 29, 2022 at 09:16

I already have my venue !! Appreciate everyone telling me to get on it but just letting people know the venue or dress or caterers are not any concern for my day - this is a very informal simple...

Carine, tuesday 4-Oct-22 4 75
Evening reception
Allison, On September 28, 2022 at 12:30

We have been playing with the idea of having an evening reception with hors d'oeuvres and a midnight snack. We would have a small ceremony with just immediate family members and dinner with them. We...

Allison, thursday 29-Sep-22 6 86
Keep or skip: bouquet and garter toss?
Carine, On September 19, 2022 at 11:40

What tradition are you keeping or skipping? We are doing the bouquet toss and skipping the garter toss as my Fiance doesn't want to do it.

KELLY, tuesday 20-Sep-22 21 130
First Dance
Danielle, On July 19, 2022 at 19:27

What was/is going to be your first dance song and how did you choose it? We went back and forth on a few - Lyrics were really important to us. We thought we had picked one then Callum Scott released...

Ashleigh, monday 19-Sep-22 19 291 1
Bartender tip jar and added gratuity?
Rachel, On February 25, 2022 at 11:20

Hi! Is it common for there to be an automatic 20% gratuity AND tip jars for the bartenders? We're having an open bar, so I don't expect that a lot of people will have cash on them. The company we're...

K1327, monday 19-Sep-22 3 195
Destination Wedding
Alexa, On September 15, 2022 at 20:19

Hi there, I’m so lost and confused. So I have family in Mexico as my mother is from there. So I’m hoping to have one in Cancun (where most of them reside) but hotel requires 80% of guest to stay with...

Hank, saturday 17-Sep-22 2 59
Cocktail Hour Music - dj or Pianist?
Julie, On September 12, 2022 at 14:46

Our wedding ceremony/reception is in one place. Our package includes a pianist for the ceremony and/or cocktail hour. FH wants the DJ during the cocktail hour but I say, does it matter?? Not like...

Julie, friday 16-Sep-22 19 152
Late night limo pick-up?
Jessica, On September 12, 2022 at 13:13

Hi all, What is your plan for your ride home after your wedding? Are you having a limo service or private car pick up you? Cab? Our limo service charges $250 to pick us up at 1:00am and to drop...

KELLY, wednesday 14-Sep-22 6 115


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