The first thing you should decide is what kind of reception you would like to have?Do you want to have a big wedding in a hotel or fancy restaurant? Or perhaps just a small reception among your closest families and friends?
You can discuss this with your family and soon to be in laws to get an idea about the reception and what their needs are, because the term big or small may be vary between you and others, after you have decided or have a general idea of how many guests you will invite into your wedding, you can visit your local reception centers or wedding organizers and talk with their representatives about what they got to offer you.
Please bear in mind that sites you will choose to visit usually have hosted many weddings before yours, this is very important as they can be a very valuable resources about the conditions or any situations in the actual wedding they had before and can be a valuable reseouce for suggestions you may not have thought about before. Just take your time planning this, don't rush it, if you have questions then don't hesitate to ask them, because they will gladly answer any of your questions. You need also make sure how flexible is the site and staff be to meet your own individual needs or requirements, don't forget to set your wedding budget accordingly because your wedding reception will be the one that take most of your wedding budget.
The second thing on your wedding preparation list is to choose the wedding cake and also the food and beverages, this is probably my favorite part because you can taste various samples of the food at each reception site, be sure to check its hygene and bind it with the theme or time of your wedding, for example if you are going to have a mid-morning wedding then you might prefer to have a brunch buffet or you can have a more formal presentation for an evening wedding, you can consult with your wedding planner about this as they will gladly give you several offers to choose from. Be sure to check all the references from the companies that will be providing you the food at your reception, double check and evaluate their service for accuracy, quality and best prices.
The third thing to put on your wedding preparation list is wedding invitations, music, flowers and photography, for these part you can ask for sample of their works, learn about the vendor on the Internet, read what others had to said about their previous achievements, when choosing the vendors remember to get the most qualify vendor that will not exceded your wedding budget.
Last thing is don't forget to use your own creativities as this is your own wedding and you must take full control in planning and also managing it, So let's start preparing your wedding now.
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