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Once you've selected your venue, it's time to decide what you'll do for your reception. The time of day you have your wedding, the location of your reception, and your budget are just a few of the factors to consider. Here are some tips for choosing your vendors, decorating your reception, and handling the post-party chores.

Choosing Your Vendors

The vendors you choose can depend on several factors including whether you use an all-inclusive wedding planning service or you work with multiple vendors. Hiring local vendors for your wedding cake, catering, and entertainment can help keep costs down while supporting your local community. You’ll want to read reviews of your vendors, meet with them to discuss your needs, and receive estimates up front in order to stay on budget.

Finding pre-priced services with built-in star ratings and reviews saves time spent waiting for estimates and negotiating prices. Not all vendors provide setup and cleanup services, or they may charge additional fees for these services. The good news is that you can find affordable, flat-rate local help for event setup, cleanup, and breakdown services in major cities across the U.S.

You may end up scheduling several vendors back-to-back the day of the wedding as there’s so much to do. For smaller tasks like setting the tables, placing name cards, and post-reception cleanup, use services that let you choose the time so you can schedule between meetings with other vendors.

Decorating a Budget-Friendly Reception

Here are a few ideas for creating a gorgeous reception without breaking the bank.

· Fancify the tent — Tents are commonly used for outdoor receptions. Not only does this provide protection from the sun and rain, but it also serves to create a designated zone for the after party separate from the ceremony. Adding pendants, lanterns, or strings of light add instant glamor to the space.

· Decorate for dining — Have all the tables and chairs arranged so that there’s room for mingling, dining, and dancing. From the tables and chairs themselves to dinnerware, placement cards, and centerpieces, setting everything up can take a lot of work, so don’t be afraid to find some helping hands. Plants and candles make graceful centerpieces. Consider adding pumpkins in the fall and adding wintry lighting for the colder months.

· Say cheese — Setting up a photo booth is an easy and affordable way to let your guests make fun memories. Have some curtains and lights hung and set out a few signs and props. Voila! All that’s left is to say cheese and smile for the selfie.

Post-wedding Cleanup

While the couple doesn’t usually have to worry about cleanup, even the help of friends and family might not take care of everything. Finding help for cleanup, especially for the larger items that need to be broken down and hauled away, saves time and saves the hassle of finding a truck or other means of clearing everything out. If you need handyman help, cleaning help, and more on your schedule, book the chores you need at Takl.com.