Your Wedding Reception

Written by    Last updated: October 1, 2008

Everything you need to know about wedding receptions. Confetti has advice and information on choosing a wedding venue to writing a wedding speech, table planning and wedding photography.

Once all the formalities of the ceremony are over your wedding reception is your time to relax with your guests, let your hair down and party! You want it to be enjoyable for your guests while saying something about you, whether from your choice of décor, or the wedding breakfast or both. Ideally, your reception should reflect the overall style or theme of your wedding: ultimately it’s time to treat your guests to a great party: to feed, refresh and reward them for coming to celebrate your special day.

Here we have in‐depth information and recommended suppliers on:

  • Entertainment ‐ Hiring a DJ, booking a band or having a Ceilidh and more.
  • Food & Drink – Wedding breakfast options and choosing your reception drinks.
  • Organising ‐ Table plans, top table, table decorations and venue décor.
  • Photography & Video ‐ Expert advice from the professionals.
  • Wedding Speeches ‐ Sample speeches and advice on how to hold your nerve.
  • Wedding Venues ‐ Venues licensed for civil weddings, marquees, unusual venues.

Entertainment, photos and speeches

We’ll help you with every aspect of organising your wedding reception, such as: whether to choose a traditional top table or a modern sweetheart style one for just the two of you. We’ll help you to decide on the right entertainment for your style of wedding: hiring a DJ, booking a band or even a Ceilidh or barn dance! We have expert advice on wedding photography and if it’s the speeches that you’re worried about then panic no more as we have a comprehensive guide to speeches, including sample speeches and top tips for how to hold your nerve.


The two biggest decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding reception will involve the venue and the food and drink. We’ll show you some of the best wedding and reception venues around plus help you choose whether to go for an indoor reception, an outdoor marquee or an unusual or special interest venue. Once you’ve chosen your venue we’ll help you decorate it, inspire you with table decorations and how to match your table to your overall style or theme.


The food and drink you serve during your reception and for your wedding breakfast are where most of your budget will be spent – so it’s important to get it right. Read on for advice on choosing your wedding breakfast menu and ideas for alternative style receptions such as fun summer barbeques, simple finger buffets, vegan weddings or long twelve course extravaganzas! We’ll also tantalise your taste buds with some pretty hot ideas for unusual reception drinks so you can wow your guests with something a little different to the usual champagne reception.

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