Response: Karen, There are all sorts of things that you can
do, depending on the location you have chosen and the
time of day. If you want your guests to remain at the
reception rather than leaving after a short time,
you will need to give them a reason to stay. In addition
to cake you will need to provide something to drink.
If the ceremony and reception will be held close to a meal
time, you may want to provide food. It can be anything from
light hors d oeuvres to a full meal. Depending on the time
of day, a dessert buffet can be very appealing.
You should also have music of some type. If you plan to
dance, you may want to hire a DJ or live music. If you
expect people to spend most of their time visiting,
background music may suffice. You may also want to have toasts
and do a bouquet and garter toss. You do not need to serve
alcohol to have toasts. You can also call them speeches
rather than toasts. You might spend some time
discussing your desires for the reception with your parents
and with some of your friends who have recently married, and
choose from their suggestions the ones that will best create
the mood that you want.
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