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Comfort first

You want to have a good time at your reception, right? So after the first dance, brides can swap the veil and bustle for a fabulous little white dress, pantsuit or jumpsuit, and grooms can change to a more relaxed suit.

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Surprise!

Sometimes the best parts of a reception are what guests don’t see coming. Surprise them with unexpected entertainment, like a magician, mariachi band, salsa dancer, aerialists or even a fire eater.

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The DJ

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Break music

Ask potential bands how they handle breaks before you hire them. Some bands rest in shifts and split off into a smaller two- or three-piece band, while others turn on filler music. If yours is planning the latter, ask to approve the checklist before the party.

Make sure your DJ doesn’t play obscure songs that are hard to dance to, or plays way too many La Macarena and Chicken dances. Talk to your DJ about your do-not-play list upfront.

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Everyone dance!

Plan a playlist that will please the whole crowd. Mix in a few of your favorites, but don’t leave out past and present hits that will get your parents and grandparents on the dance floor, along with your circle of friends.

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