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     A Reception or a Dinner?

Are you wondering if you should have a traditional reception or whether you should try a dinner instead? A few thoughts we've provided here might help you make that decision.

Discussion about the Reception
• Pictures. Your pictures and your memories are about the only things you retain from your wedding day. A professional setting at a reception will help provide studio quality pictures of you and your family.
• Customized. Decorate to your taste. This is your chance to tell your guests who you are.
• Room to interact. Receptions are usually held in larger venues that allow guests to mingle.
• Cost. Yes, cost! Professional decorators can stun your guests with an amazing reception for less than the cost of a dinner.
• Guest count. Don’t exclude anyone. A reception can host hundreds of guests (and many of them will bring gifts).
• Traditional rituals: Cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet and the first dance are time honored traditions. There is room and time to do those at a reception.

Discussion about the Dinner
• Time. A ceremony and a wedding breakfast and you'll be on your honeymoon by early afternoon.
• Simplicity. The restaurant takes care of everything.
• “Just a dinner”. Have you ever used those words? Traditional weddings include a wedding breakfast and a reception. This is your special day; don’t shortchange yourself.
• Everybody eats... everyday. The memory of your dinner will be lost in the mix of many such dinners. Save your guests the travel time, send them a dining gift card with a copy of your Dad’s speech.
• Be careful not to crowd the dinner venue. Human nature is to convince yourself that, “My guests would rather be crowded than not be invited.” The net effect of that is that you may just succeed in making more people miserable.

Before you make your decision, talk to the wedding professionals at Something Borrowed to understand your options. Call Kristine at 801.797.9802 or explore your options online

     Why Should I Have a Reception?

I am biased; I decorate wedding receptions. That, however, is also what gives me good insight about things worth considering as you try to decide if you should have a reception.
First, your marriage is the only thing of real value that you keep from your wedding day... the rest of it is all fluff. Pictures and memories and feelings are some of the more important fluff you retain. You probably have taken some really great bridals on location at some fabulous settings. Now you need to take the family pictures for your album so that family will want to review it every time they visit. Those pictures are best taken using your reception décor as a background.
Second, your reception is an opportunity to display you; your taste, your creativity and your overall awesomeness. Choose a venue that will allow you to customize. Decorate it the way you want. Let your guests enter a venue in their own neighborhood and then transport them to another continent or another time. Every time they see that venue for some time to come they will remember your wedding. Recognize that you don’t have to do the work yourself. It is relatively inexpensive to have a professional decorator do the hard stuff so you can enjoy your wedding day.
Third, receptions are enjoyable for your guests. They all have something in common and they want room to interact, catch up with each other and relax in a comfortable setting. They will do that more easily at a reception than at a dinner or at the ceremony.
Forth, is cost. You’re saying, “Cost? Really!?” Yes, really. At least it can be less expensive than a dinner. Receptions need not be expensive to be extraordinary. Explore the endless options that exist with the help of a professional decorator. You will be amazed at what your reception can be for less than $1000.
Fifth, you don’t want venue size or location to limit who you can invite. Invite everyone you know.  Let them know you appreciate their presence (and presents. At the risk of being indiscreet, do the math. 200 guests * $/present = You may even come out ahead).
Sixth, but not last, is tradition. There is a lot to be said for following tradition; cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet, the first dance as husband & wife, the last dance with Dad. Invite everyone you know to your traditional reception. Commit to them that you are marrying. It may be that public commitment that motivates the effort to make you marriage last forever.


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