The cocktail hour. It is one hour only, not 30 minutes or 30 days. This segment of the reception takes
place at the beginning of your reception. This normally gives the couple enough to take to take a breather between the cermony and the reception and get some their photographs of the cermony site.
An accurate head count is the first step. Then use cheaper cuts of meat with nonprotein options.
make it creative
your first meal together or your first trip on the road....
turn down the volume
you have the whole night to party the night away. So jazz, R and B or classical music at a low volumen will do.