11 Clever Seating Arrangements

Innovative ways for you and your guests to dine and drink the night away! 1. Intimate Family Dinner Photo by Jodi Miller Photography If your wedding guests are ... Full story

Top 5 Latin Inspired Wedding Cocktails: Mojitos, Margaritas y Mas

When it comes to infusing some Latin flare into your reception, food and drink is a great place to start. You can use your bar ... Full story

Choosing Your Venue Color Scheme

Once you have finally booked your venue, its time to pick your color scheme! You may think the colors are completely up to you; however, ... Full story

Wedding Food – What to Serve?

Chicken or fish?  Steak or shrimp? You are not alone if you are fretting over the endless choices of wedding food awaiting an honored place ... Full story

LOVE Mug Centerpiece

Spread the love with this beautiful floral arrangement — perfect for a welcome display, sweetheart table, or cake table! Ingredients: Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus Larkspur Heather Scissors How To:  Step One: ... Full story

Candy Buffet Table 101

Presentation Use a color scheme that matches your wedding palette:  wedding colors aren’t just for the flowers and bridesmaids dresses!   Taking advantage of the colors you’ve ... Full story

Types of Wedding Receptions

From beautiful brunches to decadent desserts, there are different types of receptions for every style and budget. A Wedding Brunch. If you can’t get enough of ... Full story

What Occurs During a Traditional Jewish Reception?

A Jewish wedding reception reflects the joyous occasion with traditional dancing, and there a few wonderful customs that are usually incorporated into the celebration. The most ... Full story

Are There Any Recent Reception Trends?

Here’s what hip brides everywhere are incorporating into their receptions: Hot Hues While there’s nothing wrong with white china and clear glassware, more and more trendy couples ... Full story

What's Popular in Catering Right Now?

From delicious hors d’oeuvres to event themes, here’s what’s hot in catering trends. Comfort Foods You drive across town for authentic French brie and you know a ... Full story

Are There Tips For Finding And Choosing A Good Caterer?

Most of us have never planned an event as important as a wedding. And with roughly 30-50% of your total wedding budget going towards your ... Full story

Are There Ways To Save Money On A Reception?

Cutting wedding reception costs doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. With some simple streamlining and strategic spending, it's completely within the realm of possibility ... Full story

Planning the Reception Menu

It’s the most time and energy you’ll ever put into a meal that you’ll barely taste. And unless you or your fiancé regularly organize soirees ... Full story

Sober Reception: Refreshing alternatives to alcohol that will satisfy your wedding guests

Refreshing alternatives to alcohol that will satisfy your guests' thirst for great reception drinks. It might be that you or your close family members or friends ... Full story

Reception Location Budget Tips -- Destination Weddings

Chances are your destination wedding will be less expensive than if you'd gone a more traditional route. If you've chosen to celebrate at a resort, ... Full story

Glossary: Receptions Q-Z

Signage: Easy-to-read indicators or signs for your guests and service providers so everyone will be able to find the ceremony or reception site and designated ... Full story

Reception Location Budget Tips -- Receptions in Nature

Nothing makes you happier than the great outdoors. A scenic waterfall at the base of a beautiful mountain, a lake at your favorite national park, ... Full story

How can I ensure that my guests will enjoy our cocktail hour and menu selections?

Considering your guests' food preferences is a thoughtful gesture. But incorporating everyone's specific requests into your reception would be difficult or even impossible. So, no, ... Full story

What type of restrictions are appropriate to set at the reception beforehand?

In other words, can you give a black list of song requests for the DJ, or set a drink limit for party-going guests for the ... Full story

How far can you expect guests to travel from the ceremony to the reception?

There really isn’t a specific limit to how far from the ceremony you hold your reception. But it’s important to consider how your guests will ... Full story

Can we tell our maid of honor and best man what’s not appropriate to say in their toast?

Sure, but let them know in a clear and sensible way. Give them guidelines, such as "Please, no off-color jokes or raunchy anecdotes!" Your concern ... Full story

Should I plan special meals for children at the reception?

It’s not an etiquette requirement, but if you’re serving fancy foods that kids might not appreciate, it’s a good idea to offer other options. One ... Full story

Do I have to have my reception in the same place as my ceremony?

While it saves you some time and paperwork, you definitely don’t have to have your reception in the same place as your ceremony. Some couples ... Full story

What makes an ideal reception venue?

An ideal wedding reception venue follows these criteria: Accommodates your guest list -- and comfortably so, not standing-room-only. You want your guests to have enough room ... Full story

How long do wedding receptions usually run?

On average, wedding receptions that include full meals last around four hours, but you and the venue must agree on the time frame in advance. ... Full story

What are some alternative entertainment ideas for the reception?

Music-wise, some alternatives to the traditional band and/or DJ for wedding receptions include an a capella group or some type of specialty band -- like ... Full story

Should I hire an emcee?

If your DJ has a great personality and you think they'll be able to work the crowd, you don’t need to hire an emcee. If ... Full story

What's a sweetheart table?

A sweetheart table is a special table at the wedding reception that's just for the bride and groom. A couple who plans to be walking around ... Full story

Does the bridal party have to sit together?

You don’t have to, though it's common for the bridal party to sit together at one long table. If you have an especially large number ... Full story

Who cleans up after the reception?

The staff at your venue often takes care of the postwedding cleanup after your wedding reception, but that’s something you should confirm in advance. If ... Full story

How late should a Sunday evening reception run?

Wedding receptions held on Sunday evenings without a holiday the following day should end at around 11 p.m. Guests who traveled from far away to ... Full story

What are some alternatives to floral centerpieces?

Nonfloral centerpieces are gaining popularity at wedding receptions. Couples are getting creative and decorating their tables with the following: Fruit: Fill vases with apples, oranges, or ... Full story

Should I hire a babysitter for the children at the wedding?

If you choose a venue that has lots of space, set up a kids-only room with a television, DVD player, and games so the sitter ... Full story

Is it okay to mix tables?

f you want to seat your friends and family with your groom’s parents, go for it! In fact, couples often mix and match their tables ... Full story

When does the father-daughter dance take place?

The father-daughter dance is usually the second dance at the wedding reception, following the bride and groom’s first dance, but it can really be at any ... Full story

Where should I display the escort cards at the reception?

The two basic ways to display escort cards for your wedding reception are: Set them at each guest’s place setting, on or next to the plate, ... Full story

Do I have to serve a full meal at my reception?

No, you don’t. You can certainly opt for a passed-tray wedding reception of hors d’oeuvres instead of a full meal. These types of wedding receptions are ... Full story

What's a signature cocktail? How do I pick one?

A signature cocktail is a signature drink (usually contains alcohol, but doesn’t have to) served at cocktail hours and wedding receptions. You and your groom ... Full story

Is it okay to have a cash bar?

Cash bars at wedding receptions are the equivalent of asking someone to pay for a cocktail in your own home. You just don’t do it! If ... Full story

What guest issues do most brides complain about at the reception?

Your guest was on their best behavior at the actual wedding ceremony, but now it’s time for them to let loose at the reception – ... Full story

Are There "Must-Haves" for an Outdoor Reception?

Because the forces of nature are often unpredictable, outdoor weddings require some special considerations. Lighting If the sun will set before your wedding reception ends, be sure ... Full story

How Do You Select A Hotel For Your Reception?

If you've decided to hold your wedding reception in a hotel ballroom, find the right match by keeping the following things in mind. Scheduling Find out how ... Full story

How Can Lighting Change the Ambiance of a Room?

Beautifully designed lighting plays an essential part in creating a mood or accenting your surroundings. Here are some illuminating ideas and techniques to help you ... Full story

Should You Have a Friend or Family Member Cater?

Asking a relative or friend to cater may be a wise choice if you’re planning a smaller wedding, and the person in question has prior ... Full story

Must You Have A Bouquet Toss?

While guests usually expect a bouquet toss, there are many women who would rather not be singled out and embarrassed because of their unmarried status. ... Full story