Ultimate Reception Lingo Guide

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Barn Reception -- Geoff White Photographers
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Reception Basics

Ultimate Reception Lingo Guide

Don't know your chafing dish from your charger plate? Study up on all the reception lingo you'll need to know with this handy guide.

Photo: Chung Li Photography

Head Table: Commonly the newly married couple will be seated among their parents and wedding party attendants at a specified, primary table, known as the head table. Often the head table is uniquely adorned with a larger centerpiece.

Luminarias: Bags filled with sand and candles to create glowing lights. Often used to line pathways.

Maitre d': The maitre d' will orchestrate your meal service. He will ensure that the waiters are serving your guests properly and in a timely fashion.

Net Lighting: This kind of lighting works best on low bushes and shrubbery, and is especially captivating if your event begins or is in full swing at twilight. Each net contains approximately 150 evenly spaced lights that can be hung or draped on anything from tree trunks to poles.

Parquet: Temporary wooden flooring (available in both real and fake woods) that may be laid on top of carpeting or other materials not appropriate for formal occasions or dancing. Often requires professional installation.

Permits: Required by many facilities and rental sites, permits may be necessary for the ceremony or reception celebrations. Permits may be needed for: parking, music, rental equipment, even temporary bathroom facilities. You should always check with your city or town hall to learn all of the necessary requirements for (and before) your wedding day.

Pin Spots: These top-of-the line spotlights focus very tightly on a small area up to 100 feet away. You can use them to showcase certain key areas of your reception such as your cake table, your tabletops, etc.

Portable Restrooms: Restrooms that can be transported and used for any location that lacks proper facilities, or requires additional facilities. There are many different types and models, appropriate for any event.

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