Wedding reception

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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 receive society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple.wikipedia
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Wedding cake

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Hosts provide their choice of food and drink, although a wedding cake is popular.
A wedding cake is the traditional cake served at wedding receptions following dinner.

Master of ceremonies

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The wedding party is usually introduced by a master of ceremonies, disc jockey, or band leader.
During the wedding reception, the multifaceted responsibility of the Master of Ceremony (MC) is to keep the agenda flowing smoothly by:

Party

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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 receive society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple. Typical locations for wedding celebrations now include hotel ballrooms, banquet halls, wedding venues, community halls, social halls at the church or other sacred place where the wedding ceremony took place, and, particularly for smaller weddings, restaurants and garden parties at home.
The hosts and any guests of honor form a receiving line in order of precedence near the entrance.

Assembly hall

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Typical locations for wedding celebrations now include hotel ballrooms, banquet halls, wedding venues, community halls, social halls at the church or other sacred place where the wedding ceremony took place, and, particularly for smaller weddings, restaurants and garden parties at home.
A function hall, reception hall, or banquet hall is a room or building for the purpose of hosting a party, banquet, wedding or other reception, or other social event.

Groom's cake

The groom's cake is a tradition observed mainly in the southern United States.
The groom's cake is often served at a table separate from the wedding cake at a wedding reception or wedding breakfast, though it may be served as a dessert for a rehearsal dinner.

Bridesmaid

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Commonly, toasts are proposed by the bride's father, the groom, the best man, and/or the maid of honor, although there is no absolutely required list of people who must make toasts, or indeed any requirement to offer toasts at all.
Bridesmaids in Europe and North America are often asked to assist the bride with planning the wedding and a wedding reception.

Wedding

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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 receive society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple.
Special wedding garments are often worn, and the ceremony is sometimes followed by a wedding reception.

Money dance

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The money dance, dollar dance, or apron dance is an event at some wedding receptions in various cultures.

First dance

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If there is dancing at the celebrations after the wedding, the newly married couple typically open the dancing with their first dance.
The "first dance" of a married couple is a popular element at modern European and American wedding receptions or post-wedding celebrations.

White wedding

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The term now also encapsulates the entire Western wedding routine, especially in the Christian religious tradition, which generally includes a ceremony during which the marriage begins, followed by a reception.

Marriage

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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 receive society, in the form of family and friends, for the first time as a married couple.

Brunch

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Before receptions – a social event that is structured around a receiving line, and usually held in the afternoon, with only light refreshments – became popular, weddings were more typically celebrated with wedding breakfasts (for those whose religious traditions encouraged morning weddings) and wedding balls (for those who were married in the evening).

Ball (dance party)

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Before receptions – a social event that is structured around a receiving line, and usually held in the afternoon, with only light refreshments – became popular, weddings were more typically celebrated with wedding breakfasts (for those whose religious traditions encouraged morning weddings) and wedding balls (for those who were married in the evening).

Collective wedding

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The choice depended primarily on the family's economic situation, and in some cases, mass weddings were favored as a way to share costs.

Dance hall

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At the beginning of the 20th century, dance halls became common, and were rented by those planning a celebration beyond what their homes could hold.

Order of precedence

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In a receiving line, newly wedded couple, the hosts, and often their parents and any honour attendants, stand in order of precedence and greet every guest in turn.

Disc jockey

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The wedding party is usually introduced by a master of ceremonies, disc jockey, or band leader.

Croquembouche

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Hosts may also choose to honor regional or local customs, such as by serving a culturally important cake like croquembouche in France, or featuring thousands of homemade cookies in Pittsburgh.

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Hosts may also choose to honor regional or local customs, such as by serving a culturally important cake like croquembouche in France, or featuring thousands of homemade cookies in Pittsburgh.

Layer cake

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The wedding cake is often a multi-tiered layer cake that is elaborately decorated with white frosting.

Sheet cake

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Some couples have a smaller display cake, which is supplemented by sheet cake.

Confarreatio

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Commonly, the couple ceremonially cut the first piece of the cake, and in a nod to an ancient Roman wedding rite, may feed a bite to one another and perhaps sip a glass of wine or other drink with linked arms.

Tea party

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Like being asked to pour tea at a formal tea party, being asked to serve the cake is generally considered an honor.

Western culture

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In most Western countries, either before or after food is served, toasts are made by the wedding party, wishing the couple well.

Bride

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Commonly, toasts are proposed by the bride's father, the groom, the best man, and/or the maid of honor, although there is no absolutely required list of people who must make toasts, or indeed any requirement to offer toasts at all.