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Reception Idea

Looking for a wedding reception idea? We have seen many different wedding receptions over the years, and we hope to give you a few suggestions.

We often hear from couples that their wedding day was a blur. Our best advice is to take a few moments during the reception to take it all in. Step back and watch what is happening around you.

Enjoy the menu you selected, have a few drinks and enjoy the time with your family and friends. It will only last a few hours, so enjoy it!

Start planning your wedding reception early. This includes thinking of a wedding reception idea for flowers, centerpieces, cakes and decorations.

It is also a good idea to book your wedding vendors as early as possible. Florists, cake designers and entertainers (DJs and bands) tend to book well over a year in advance, so don't wait too long or you might not get your first choice.

In addition to the ideas listed below, get even more wedding ideas at wedding-planning-101.com. Or you could also check out My Wedding Reception Planning for more wedding reception ideas.

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Reception Planning And Decorations

Bridal Emergency Kit
Be prepared for anything.

Church Wedding Decorations
Ideas For Decorating Your Church.

Informal Wedding Reception
For those that don't want a formal wedding affair.

Irish Wedding Horseshoe
For a touch of good luck on your big day.

Irish Wedding Traditions
Add a Celtic twist to your wedding day.

Wedding Arch Reception Decorations
A beautiful addition to your wedding day.

Wedding Reception Protocol
Make this your first stop to learn the basics of planning your reception.

Wedding Table Numbers
Help your guests find their seats.


Christmas Wedding Centerpieces
Festive ideas for holiday centerpieces.

Fall Wedding Centerpieces
Photos and ideas for A fall wedding.

Floating Candle Wedding Centerpieces
3 Ideas For Using Water.

Hurricane Wedding Centerpiece
8 ideas for your wedding.

Wedding Candle Centerpiece
7 ideas for you to use.

Wedding Centerpiece Idea
From simple to extravagant, come up with a wedding centerpiece that your guests will fight over.

Wedding Favors and Centerpieces
Combine them for a unique alternative.

Wedding Floral Centerpieces
4 Hints For Using Flowers.


Cupcake Wedding Cakes
A smaller option for your cake.

Fall Wedding Cake
An Autumn twist for your cake.

Fall Autumn Wedding Cake
Photos of fall cakes.

Fondant Wedding Cake
Add an elegant touch.

Hawaiian Wedding Cake
Perfect for beach and Hawaiian wedding themes.

Halloween Wedding Cake
A spooky good cake.

Individual Wedding Cake
Give your guests their own cake.

Small Wedding Cakes
Perfect for smaller events.

Square Wedding Cakes
Go with something unique.

Unusual Wedding Cakes
Something a little different.

Wedding Cake Idea
Here's the skinny on ideas for wedding cakes.

Wedding Cake Prices
All about wedding cake costs.

Western Wedding Cakes
Perfect for a country western wedding.


Wedding Flower Idea
The right florals can make a big difference at your wedding reception.

Blue Wedding Flowers
Choose the right shade for your wedding.

Bridal Bouquet Design
Ideas for your wedding bouquets.

Fake Wedding Flowers
Are silk flowers right for your?

Fall Wedding Arrangements
Perfect for an Autumn wedding.

Fall Wedding Flowers
Ideas for your fall wedding.

Garden Wedding Flowers
Surround yourself with beautiful flowers.

Pink Wedding Flowers
Brighten up your wedding day.

Purple Wedding Flowers
Add some color to your wedding.

Spring Wedding Flowers
Spring ideas for wedding flowers.

Summer Wedding Flowers
Ideas for a summer wedding.

Wedding Flowers By Season
Find the perfect flowers for your wedding

Winter Wedding Flowers
Ideas for winter wedding flowers.

Reception Food

Cocktail Wedding Reception
Skip the sit down and extend cocktail hour.

Wedding Reception Food
Choose the right menu for your wedding.

Signature Drinks

Wedding Signature Drinks
Finish off your wedding with a creative cocktail.

After The Reception

Post Wedding Reception
The party doesn't have to stop.

Wedding Night Ideas
Make your first night together magical.

Guest Books

Celtic Wedding Guest Book
Capture the memories of your Irish wedding.

Additional Resources

The Balloon Decoration Guide offers detailed step-by-step instructions and photos on how to create your own balloon decorations to add a magical touch to your wedding reception.

Rehearsal Dinner Ideas is a great page from CelebrationIdeasOnline.com. Find tips for managing your rehearsal dinner budget, choosing a venue and more!

Have Questions or Ideas About Wedding Receptions?

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What Other Brides Have Said

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