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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


Whatever the venue for your reception, lighting will play an important role in the event. People are drawn to light. Make sure you mark your outside entry with appropriate lighting to assure your guests that they have, if fact, found your reception, that they are entering the correct door and to help set the mood for the event. The entry lighting should be consistent in style with what they will experience inside the event. Once inside, highlight the parts of the room that you want your guests to see. Obviously, the main backdrop where you will be standing will need special lighting. Consider also your cake, you want it to glow without melting or casting unwanted shadows. The guest book, your trousseau, the dining area and that beautiful bridal picture you will display should all incorporate lighting that enhances the mood set by the decor without calling attention to itself.
Many commercial venues are equipped with overhead lighting. In most cases that lighting is fluorescent. Fluorescent lighting does not produce the warm, romantic feel that you want your guests to experience as they enter your reception. Plan to turn off all installed lighting and provide your own lighting in the location and style that will set the mood you desire.

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