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You must first decide the type of food you want served at your reception; "sit-down dinner", cake and punch, buffet, etc. Very formal weddings can be followed by a more informal reception.

Consider cost, location, time, etc. in planning your reception food. Most churches do not permit alcoholic beverages; if you plan champagne toasts, check your location rules; some places permit beer and wine, but open bars are not allowed. If you plan to serve hot food, check kitchen facilities. Is ice available, or must it be brought in?

Caterer and reception hall should be booked at least six months in advance.

Typical reception sites: fellowship hall in church, clubs, hotels, restaurants, parks, homes, etc.

You may want to call a friend to ask about her caterer; you should mention that you admired her reception and ask if she would recommend the caterer, but it is not proper to ask about cost...this is between you and the caterer.

According to etiquette books, something with which to toast the bride and groom and the wedding cake is sufficient to serve at a reception.

Preparing food yourself for a home reception can be done; however preparing and serving food for a large group is a big job, and you must enlist the aid of friends and/or relatives in order that you be free to greet your guests. You don't want to spend the day in the kitchen.

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Edna S,
Aug 20, 2013, 1:51 PM