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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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Choosing a venue
Megan, On May 3, 2021 at 11:01

My fiance and I saw two venues this weekend. We absolutely love them both. I am leaning more towards one and he is leaning more towards the other but I think either way we are both happy. We are...

Hank, monday 3-May-21 3 66
Vendor communication
Megan, On April 29, 2021 at 09:57

I'm not sure if I'm overreacting, but I seem to consistently have a difficult time getting ahold of the venue we are leaning towards. Every message takes a good 48 hours to get a response. My fiance...

Hank, friday 30-Apr-21 18 147
Wedding table decor
Kristen, On April 24, 2021 at 16:48

So today I finally was able to do my table mock ups. I did our "head" table, the parents table and the cake table. Luckily we are able to decorate the tables at the restaurant we are going to for...

Vinod, monday 26-Apr-21 7 189
Venue stuggles
Megan, On April 22, 2021 at 12:46

So I have been looking at venues for summer of 2023. Not looking to book anything right this second, but I know that it's one of the first things I need to do so I'm just spending some time thinking...

Megan, friday 23-Apr-21 10 129
What happens at a tasting
Tracey, On April 21, 2021 at 08:40

We have our tasting coming up with our caterer. What should I expect. Is there things that I should ask or be made aware of ?

Joey, friday 23-Apr-21 4 102
Any advice on table/chair rentals?
Madi, On April 21, 2021 at 16:51

A few places I've contacted about small tables to sit 2 guests at have leant their tables out to vaccination clinics. We're not having a dinner but will be sitting down for speeches and snacks. Some...

Hank, thursday 22-Apr-21 1 39
What is the difference between a reception and eating in a restaurant...?
Jamie, On April 20, 2021 at 17:09

Due to the ongoing restrictions I’m choosing to postpone my wedding and instead just have a backyard ceremony and I’m hoping to go to a restaurant for a small reception with around 30 people. Although...

Christiana, tuesday 20-Apr-21 2 90
Wedding Etiquette
Kathryn, On April 18, 2021 at 17:03

Hi All my fellow brides! We are having a super small legal ceremony as we have already postponed our large ceremony twice so don’t want to keep delaying the marriage. We are having an outdoor ceremony...

Rhi, tuesday 20-Apr-21 4 119
Wedding Cakes
Abbie, On April 17, 2021 at 13:20

Our venue asked us for ideas regarding wedding cakes and I’m honestly totally at a loss for where to start.... does two tiers sound like a good size for 50 guests? (Considering dessert is also...

Abbie, tuesday 20-Apr-21 14 133
Postponement Question
Kaitlyn, On April 16, 2021 at 11:21

For those of you that have/ are planning on postponing but did have a small ceremony on/around your date....Are/did you postpone your showers & bachelorette? Will you be having a rehearsal dinner...

Amanda, monday 19-Apr-21 14 520 1
Cake stand
Charlotte, On April 10, 2021 at 19:02

Hey! I’m on the hunt for a rust tiered cake stand as we are doing something similar to this picture. Wondering where is the best place to purchase the stand. I’m having a hard time finding one!

Amanda, saturday 17-Apr-21 2 69
Neon Signs
Brittany & Ryan, On February 19, 2021 at 00:39

Hey, I was thinking about ordering some neon signs for behind the head table. Has anyone ordered one and have recommendations? What size did you order? Thanks!

Stacey TC, sunday 11-Apr-21 5 87
Bride or groom performance
Erika, On April 7, 2021 at 17:36

Hey folks! I was wondering how people feel about the bride or groom showing off a talent (singing, dancing, etc.). I've been to weddings where it felt cringey and self-indulgent and want to avoid that...

Erika, friday 9-Apr-21 5 95
Sara, On March 26, 2021 at 20:03

What is a typical cost for catering? We have gotten one quote, first at $9000 and the second near $7000. The second one doesn’t include alcohol. They’re budgeting for 100 people...

Joey, friday 9-Apr-21 1 57
Keep or Skip: Champagne Toast?
Joey, On August 7, 2017 at 11:54

Hello everyone! We're playing "Keep or Skip" this week with popular wedding traditions! So... Are you having a champagne toast at your reception? Or skipping this tradition? A champagne toast can add...

Stacey TC, thursday 8-Apr-21 106 885
Keep or Skip: Tossing the Bouquet?
Lynnie, On August 7, 2017 at 11:22

Hello everyone! We're playing "Keep or Skip" with popular wedding traditions! So... Are you tossing the bouquet? Or skipping it? Wedding Traditions: Keep or Skip? Bouquet Toss Bouquet Toss Photos from...

Stacey TC, thursday 8-Apr-21 118 751
Keep or Skip: The Garter Toss?
Lynnie, On August 7, 2017 at 11:25

Hello everyone! This week we're playing "Keep or Skip" with popular wedding traditions! So... Are you doing a garter toss? Or skipping this tradition? Wedding Traditions: Keep or Skip? Photo by...

Stacey TC, thursday 8-Apr-21 123 982
Cocktail Reception
Anne-Marie, On March 31, 2021 at 14:36

Hey everyone! I was wondering opinions on cocktail receptions vs formal dinners. Since my partner and I are currently saving for a house and paying for the wedding on our own we are trying to keep a...

Taylor, tuesday 6-Apr-21 12 279
Seating chart!
Louisa, On April 5, 2021 at 20:35

Hi! So my question is how would you write out guests names for a seating chart? J DoeJohn.DFamily of Doe. It's 10 ppl per table and feel like when I add the full names it really makes the seating...

Vinod, tuesday 6-Apr-21 2 88
Uncle and Niece dance.
Savannah, On April 3, 2021 at 22:30

Hi everyone! So here's the story, my husband to be's mother passed away a couple of years ago and he's wanting to do a dance with his niece in honor of his mom. But HELP, we can't find a song we think...

Kristen, monday 5-Apr-21 4 81
Meagan, On April 1, 2021 at 15:32

Hello! My venue provides 2 desserts but my fiancé loves cake and still wants a cake or cupcakes, since we have 2 other desserts should we still get enough for 1-2 servings per person or should I...

Amelia, friday 2-Apr-21 5 83
Between ceremony and reception
Daily, On March 31, 2021 at 18:15

I need some opinions. Say my ceremony is at 3:30 or 4pm but I only want it for 30 mins. Then I would like to go to the park to take photos. What should I do with my guests? I don’t have appetizers for...

Daily, friday 2-Apr-21 11 302
Cultural Traditions Inspo Pics
Hank, On January 28, 2021 at 00:14

Are you incorporating any cultural traditions from your family's heritage into your wedding? If so, show us what they are! TL: Chinese weddings usually start with a tea ceremony where the couple...

Hank, friday 2-Apr-21 18 165
Open bar vs cash bar
Megan, On March 2, 2021 at 09:39

Hi all! So my fiancé and I have postponed our wedding to April 2022 now and although we don’t plan on changing any aspect of our wedding since it was already planned for this year, I’m having doubts...

Brianna, thursday 1-Apr-21 28 746
How much entertainment are you having?
Emma, On March 29, 2021 at 12:35

We are having a really low-key reception. We really just want it to feel like a big party for our tiny wedding of 30 people. Our wedding was postponed until next year, so hopefully we won't have to...

Amanda, wednesday 31-Mar-21 12 240 1
Card box
Kathy, On March 20, 2021 at 10:10

Hi All, Trying to find an inexpensive card box idea. I like the acrylic box idea but they seem pricey and what would we do with it after? Don't want a dust collector. Also like the glass box idea as...

Kathy, saturday 27-Mar-21 16 245
Backyard Wedding Advice
Michaela, On March 23, 2021 at 00:01

Anyone planning or looking to organize a backyard wedding? As of now, the wedding is tentatively set for July 2022 depending on what the situation is with Covid. I want family and friends from other...

Samantha, thursday 25-Mar-21 7 163
Live Band For Wedding
Katrina, On March 18, 2021 at 17:03

Hey everyone! I am planning to hire a band to play at my wedding in September, but I am stuck between what kind of band to get. I just wanted to see what others opinions were on this! So I originally...

Geneviève, wednesday 24-Mar-21 4 70
Center pieces
Claudia, On March 23, 2021 at 22:03

I'm looking for centerpieces ideas that dont break the bank!

Christiana, wednesday 24-Mar-21 9 79
Wedding cake question
KELLY, On March 22, 2021 at 20:34

Hello everyone! I have been searching for ideas for our wedding in October 2023 and I have noticed that some are licensed by local health boards. Was this a factor in your decision making? Also, do...

KELLY, tuesday 23-Mar-21 8 107
Wedding reception question
Amanda, On March 21, 2021 at 09:13

How does one figure out how many candles to have for the table. I'm doing a u-shaped table and with the current restrictions unsure if itll be 10,20 or my max 46 ppl people. This is an example of my...

Geneviève, tuesday 23-Mar-21 7 161
(Long) driveway lighting ideas?
Emily, On August 15, 2020 at 14:10

We're having an evening wedding where guests will have to leave the estate late at night. There's a .25 kilometre driveway onto the estate that people will have to walk down after midnight to reach...

Black, sunday 21-Mar-21 3 143