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Reception

Wedding reception

Drinks

DrinksVery essential to accompany the wedding breakfast and quench your guests' thirst, the drinks have to be chosen carefully and in the right proportion. It would be too bad to have a miserable experience on your wedding day with few drunk guests. If you know you will have heavy drinkers, make sure you appoint somebody to supervise the quantity of alcohol that is flowing.

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Wedding cakes and desserts

Wedding cake

The wedding dessert can be served on a buffet and may include the wedding cake, chocolate fountains, petits four, iced sugared cookies, ice cream... The wedding cake is the major part of the desert, the special moment to end your meal on a high note and delight your guests. There are different types of wedding cakes: the croquembouche that originates in France, made up with choux buns and filled with cream and peanut brittle, the traditional  fruit cake with thick icing and chocolate cakes. It is advised to display at least two varieties of very different dessert your guests can choose from.

If you really want to impress your guests, then you may personalize your wedding cake with your monogram on it. Some cake designers can make wonderful novelty cakes.

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DIY wedding buffet

Buffet

Your guests are not too tied on traditions and you want to make something simple and relax wedding ambiance: you can make everything yourself (of course with the good help of your family and friends to prepare the food and the drinks!). The most important thing to bare in mind is that you will need a very good organization and plan ahead. This might be an additional stress while planning your Big Day program which is already very tough. The first thing to do is to delegate some tasks to your trustworthy relatives and detail your expectations. Usually, friends are delighted to give some help whether it is to serve the food or to prepare the food. It's a way for them to be part of this unique event and  give you some support. So you can fully rely on them.

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Choosing the right caterer

Wedding BuffetGenerally, you choose your caterer after selecting the venue of your wedding reception. The caterer will have to know exactly the type of the venue where you have decide upon to figure out how he can layout the necessary equipment. Sometimes, you may also find a caterer who will recommend you few venues where he is used to work. The good thing will be to take advantage of a package that will stay within your budget. However, if you are on  a tight budget, you'd better choose the venue on your own.
 

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Choosing your wedding venue

Wedding reception

There is a great variety of wedding venues to satisfy you and match your style :

● Romantic wedding venues : castle, country house, historic house...

● Marquee wedding venues :  gardens, outdoor space, farmhouse...

● Practical : restaurant, pub, room hire with all inclusive menu...

● Small budget : hire a pub room, social club reception, wedding hall

● Unusual : circus, boat, theme park, museum, film location...

 

Once you have decided on your wedding style, you will have to consider several details before selecting your venue :

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