Wedding Planning Tips: How to Create a Memorable Reception

A wide variety of Philadelphia-area vendors are ready to elevate your special day from typical to unforgettable.

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Blowing Smoke

For the groom who enjoys time with the guys over a few drinks and a good smoke, Patrone is a big fan of Coastal Cigars (, which will bring in cigar rollers to entertain guests and demonstrate the rolling process. Some companies can even come up with custom labels for your event. “Just make sure there’s a place to smoke them away from your other guests, like an outdoor patio,” Patrone says.

Extra Treats

After working up an appetite on the dance floor, guests will crave something sweet to munch on. “One of my favorites is passing around hot chocolate-chip cookies and milk shooters,” says Barness. “Who doesn’t love hot chocolate chip cookies?”

Another idea: Serve mini ice cream cones right on the dance floor. Short of guests making a contribution to a charity of significance to the bride and groom, take-home food may be the most popular party extra. One of Barness’ clients offered Krispy Kreme doughnuts, while another decided on Philly soft pretzels.

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