Continuing with our The Big Day Has Arrived theme. The makers of where you can build your own wedding webiste online for free, bring you the guide to the perfect drinks reception and wedding breakfast. Hope you enjoy the hints and tips!




During the drinks reception guests would usually have drinks and canapés. This is usually the best opportunity for you to have some wedding shots taken, either in the venue or the grounds of the venue.

Think about the best locations for these photos, not forgetting that guests will be required to be involved at some point as well.

The different groups of photos will include… The bride and groom.
Immediate family
The groom and groomsmen,

The bride and bridesmaids
There will also be a group shot of all the guests together.

After the photos it is time for you to relax a little and meet all the guests. Again this can be quite overwhelming, everyone will be wanting to congratulate you and many guest may have travelled from far and wide, who you have not seen for years, so catching up, being polite, making time for everyone and not missing anyone out, can be a lot of a harder task than you might imagine!




Often before your guest file through from the drinks reception to the meal, you will have a receiving line. Here you can officially welcome guests and it is great opportunity to chat to those who you may not have had chance to speak to during the drinks reception.

Depending on the amount of courses and including speeches, the wedding breakfast, from beginning to end, will probably last anywhere between two to two and a half hours.

Traditionally the bride and groom would sit together on the head table, flanked by their parents, head bridesmaid and best man.

The bride would be seated next to her father and the groom next to his mother. The bride’s father would sit with the groom’s mother and the groom’s mother next to the bride’s father… so it’s not complicated at all!

The thinking behind this is that, after the two sides of the family were seated separately during the ceremony before the bride and groom were married, now the two families are united.