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Go with the flow Divide your reception into distinct areas for dancing, drinks, chatting, and coffee and cake. Arrange a few cocktail tables near the bar, offer outdoor seating or set up a table of desserts or latenight bites. Leave plenty of room between dining tables to allow guests easy access.

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Good food

Whether your tastes run to an elegant sit-down dinner, a taco bar or barbecue, chances are your caterer can find creative ways to serve it to a large crowd. Another option is to pass hearty, satisfying hors d’oeuvres with cocktails instead of dinner. For an after-party, arrange for late-night food like pizza or french fries, or offer a DIY coffee bar or ice cream sundae bar, and let guests serve themselves.

18 The send-off

Before the evening gets too late, and your older guests retire for the evening, plan a great send-off to cap off a beautiful wedding and fun reception. Hire professionals to handle fireworks or a lantern launch, for example.

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Weddings Essentials - Bridal Planner 2019  

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