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A wedding reception is a party usually held after the completion of a marriage ceremony as hospitality for those who have attended the wedding, hence the name reception: the couple receives society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple. Hosts provide their choice of food and drink, although a wedding cake is popular.


Entertaining guests after a wedding ceremony is traditional in most societies and can last anywhere from half an hour to many hours or even days. Most wedding receptions are made in the evening for dinner; however, the couple may opt for a luncheon, brunch, or even afternoon tea. Ultimately the married couple chooses the details and location of the reception.


What is the difference between the wedding ceremony and a reception?

The main difference between a wedding reception and ceremony is the part of the wedding day they respectively celebrate. Typically, the wedding ceremony will happen first. This is the actual legal, religious or spiritual celebration joining the happy couple in marriage. The wedding reception follows and is the formal celebration of the marriage usually attended by the family and friends of the couple.

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