Once you finalize the details of your ceremony, it's time to turn your attention to the party—your wedding reception! Our budget tips, décor ideas, and practical advice on everything from seating charts and food service to signature cocktails and speeches will help you plan the perfect wedding reception.

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A round wedding reception table with white table cloth, pastel flowers, glassware, wooden chairs, and upholstered high-back booth seating.
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Folded napkin at place setting at wedding guest table
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Colorful tapered candles are lit on top of a wedding reception table surrounded by glassware and small pink flowers.
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