Love it/Hate it: receptions

Since I was on the topic of love & hate yesterday I thought I’d keep it up!  There are so many ways to make your reception special and really do it right.  Here are a few ideas…

Love List

  • Wine, champagne or signature cocktails served on passed trays immediately following the ceremony to help avoid a long line at the bar.
  • Appetizer stations in addition to passed hors d’oeuvres.
  • Seated dinners for parties with more than 100 guests instead of a buffet.
  • Dessert buffets or personalized trays at each table in addition to (or instead of) cake.
  • Skipping the garter and bouquet-tosses.  At least skipping the garter toss, please!

Hate it

  • Bridesmaids and groomsmen seated at a head table without their dates.
  • Not enough cocktail tables to put your drink or your purse down for a minute!
  • Tables that seat more than 10 guests–you can’t even talk to the people across from you.
  • Cash bars.  To maximize your budget stick with beer & wine only or invite fewer guests.
  • Super late cake cuttings (like after 9:00 when you invited guests for a 4:00 ceremony)!

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