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Are you struggling over the type of wedding reception to have? If you are, do not feel alone. Most brides and grooms feel torn between having something lively and fun to accommodate their group of younger friends and a more conservative reception in respect of family. While you cannot please everyone, you do want to be as considerate as possible without forgetting that this is your special day.

If you are having a morning reception, an excellent option is to serve a nice buffet following the ceremony. Guests can relax with a good cup of coffee or tea and several of everyones favorite breakfast foods. For a noontime reception, you could start around 12:00 or 1:00 p.m. If your wedding is more formal, choose a reception that is a sit down event but if you prefer, you can have the reception a bit more informal by setting up a buffet. Keep things light so everyone can spend time dancing and visiting.

A popular option for wedding receptions is the tea or cocktail reception, which typically starts anywhere from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. This is a nice time to serve international coffee and tea along with punch and champagne or wine. For food, serving finger foods is ideal along with cake. Additionally, with this type of reception, you can avoid the expense of dinner yet provide both hot and cold hors doeuvres.

Dinner receptions do cost more but they also provide a magnificent time for everyone. For this type of reception, you would want to hire a caterer that can create a wonderful menu and stay within your budget. Best of all, they usually handle the cleanup so you and your new spouse as well as guests can simply enjoy the reception. The dinner reception starts around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. and will usually last until about 9:00 with one hour of that time dedicated to food and drink.

If you still want a dinner reception but find yourself on a tight budget, you should consider a buffet. This still allows you to have a nice hot meal for your guests without the huge expense. Rather than have one single line that takes people a long time to walk through, you might consider having the caterer set up food stations. This will help move the guests through to the food quicker and leaves them with more time to dance and enjoy visiting with other guests.

Another consideration for your reception is whether to have alcoholic beverages. This is something that only you can decide since you know the family and friends best. If you do have alcohol, set a time or consumption limit to ensure you do not have any guests leaving intoxicated. If you prefer not to have alcohol, then you can choose alternative drinks that are still fun and delicious. Just keep in mind that you want this to be a special time that celebrates your wedding so choose what makes you happy above all.

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