Some say the wedding reception is where the party truly starts. The way to the heart is through the stomach, the old saying goes, and a wedding reception is a perfect place to indulge with friends and family.

They’re massive social occasions for the bride, groom, family, and guests – and a chance to relax after the formalities are over.

Wedding receptions are by far the most revered for their hospitality. With amazing food, drink, and music, it’s the perfect way to round off one of the biggest days of the couple’s lives.

Such popular associations we hold with the wedding reception – food, booze, and music – haven’t always been around, though.

Until after the Second World War, wedding receptions in the UK were formally held in the bride’s home, using whatever entertainment was accessible and affordable. The more affluent members of society would commonly be seen in opulent balls with grand canopies and orchestras, for example.

The more middle-to-lower classes, on the other hand, enjoyed smaller, light refreshments. Like society as a whole, class structures determined what you were entitled to.

As the 20th century progressed, it became more affordable to move celebrations into dance halls, hotels, and social halls.

But whilst some couples now choose to focus the majority of their budget on the honeymoon, wedding receptions are still attractive celebrations for entertaining guests.

They don’t just happen overnight, though. Wedding receptions are the result of planning that begins way before the wedding ceremony.

A huge ingredient of a successful wedding ceremony is successful catering. At Plyvine, we know all too well about the importance of memorable catering – and why it’s just as important as the ceremony itself.


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