Wedding Reception Ideas

Even though most of us think about the ceremony when we hear the word wedding, the wedding reception is where most of the planning is needed. It is also where you spend most of your time on your wedding day. Keep reading for wedding reception ideas and answers to your questions.


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The wedding reception could last anywhere from 4 – 8 hours so it is important that you take the time to plan for the night accordingly.

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When you plan for the reception and come up with wedding reception ideas you will need to think about the following things:

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The Location

You must come up with wedding reception ideas for the location. This is what you choose first. You must decide where the reception will be, how many hours and what time of day.

The Food

Do you have any wedding reception ideas for the food? You must decide what to serve. Will you be having a sit-down meal or a buffet? Have you decided against a full meal and are serving finger foods instead?

The Bar

Are you serving alcohol? Will you have top shelf or not? Will there be a period when the bar is closed (like during dinner)? You should come up with wedding reception ideas for the bar, including the possibility of coming up with speciality drinks for your wedding.


Is there a dance floor at your location? Is it big enough? Do you have enough room for a band or DJ?


Don't forget to get wedding reception ideas for the music. You need to decide whether you are having a DJ or live music along with what music you are playing and when, including for speciality songs. What music will be played? Who is providing the music? Do you have a song list ready to go?


What will the wedding cake look like? Are you providing additional desserts?


What are you decorations like? Have you picked out centerpieces? Are you usually pictures, balloons or candles? Do you have a wedding theme that needs to be incorporated into the décor?

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