Wedding receptions are no longer necessarily a traditional affair, with many newlyweds choosing to eschew the fruit cake and upmarket venue in favour of more budget-friendly options and personal touches.
While weddings of the past were usually followed by a formal
sit-down-dinner, speeches and a disco, today's couples are more likely
to be older, already have children, and live together, which means
receptions are tailored to different needs.
Sue Roberts, who owns 'Topline Catering', a Somerset wedding catering
company, says that receptions nowadays can be as unconventional as a
"There is really no set format for a wedding reception today. What
the many different receptions do have in common is in fact
'individuality'," she says.
"Today's newlyweds have the freedom to choose whatever they want in
terms of the venue, the types of food and drink, the order and the
format, and the level of formality – it's all acceptable," she says.
Ms Roberts notes that "wedding receptions today are generally less formal and there is less of a fixed format".
She attributes these changes largely to financial struggles and themed weddings.
"There really is no real set, typical wedding reception today. It's
perfectly acceptable for people to choose whatever makes them and their
guests happy and comfortable, within their budget," she says.
Less fruit cake? There are probably many who will propose a toast to that.