Wedding reception

A wedding reception is a party held after a wedding ceremony.



Receptions in Western culture almost always include a meal of some kind. Usually this is a buffet or plated meal, but recent trends have included hors d’œuvres, cocktail, dessert, or brunch receptions.

  • Some couples opt to offer a choice of entrees (for example, chicken or beef) to guests in their RSVP.


If a reception is not in the same location as the wedding ceremony, then transportation and possibly parking will have to be arranged.


Reception music is music performed by live musicians, a DJ, or an ipod throughout a wedding reception. This includes but is not limited to: the bridal party entrance, grand entrance, first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-son dance, money dance, dinner music, dance music, bouquet toss, garter toss, cake cutting, and final song.



  • Make a timeline, to make sure the reception runs smoothly.
  • Your vendors, especially the caterer and DJ/bandleader, should be able to help you plan the event--they probably do a wedding a week, at least.

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