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The Reception

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The wedding reception is a chance for you and your guests to celebrate your wedding ceremony. This can be one of the biggest expenditures on your wedding day; your budget will determine the style of reception, the type of venue and the number of guests that are invited.

Reception Venues

A large part of your day is spent at your reception venue and it is important to find a venue that meets your personal requirements but also those of your guests. Ideally for your guests the reception venue would be located near to where the ceremony was held to avoid lengthy journeys from one place to another; it is always worth considering including a map and directions to the venue with your invitations.

As soon as you have set a date for your wedding it is crucial to start looking at venues, some venues can get booked up at least two years in advance and therefore it's essential to secure your wedding date as soon as possible.

There are many different types of venues from hotels and stately homes to marquees placed in your garden. There are a number of key factors to consider when choosing your venue. It is worth considering if the venue is the appropriate size for the number of guests that you are inviting; some venues may be too big or too small. The surrounding grounds of the venue may also influence your choice as this will determine the backdrop for many of your photos, speak to your photographer and see if they have experience of working at that venue. Some venues also hold more than one wedding a day which may be worth investigating; most brides would not want to come across another bride as they arrive.

Styles and themes

Most couples like to theme their weddings from something as simple as choosing a certain colour scheme to something more extravagant like a film themed wedding. Theming the event around an interest of you and your partner can make the wedding have a more personal and individual touch and also make it a memorable event for your guests.