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It may be cool outside, but we can’t stop daydreaming about summer. Beachside ceremonies, tented receptions, Sunday morning brunches—we’re swooning over the memory of beautiful days and long summer nights.

Today, we’re taking a look back at one of our favorite shimmering receptions at a private residence in New England and sharing our top tips for planning your reception at a private home. Be inspired and call us today to begin planning your dream New England wedding.

Go For Ten with your Tent

When you’re planning to host your wedding at your home or a private estate, we know how important a beautiful tent can be. Go for luxury and book several tents throughout the day, one for the ceremony, another for the reception, and a separate tent with additional drinks and a lounge area for your older guests or those who may want to be a bit removed towards the end of the evening. Or host your reception in one beautiful tent adorn with pristine lighting, all white décor, and a plethora of fresh summertime florals.

Dance Like No Ones Watching

We love how this wedding had a live band that really energized the dance floor! Hosting a celebration at a private residence means you can truly enjoy the dance part of your evening. Whether you decide to go with a DJ or a band, make sure to confirm your town’s noise ordinances to know your music limitations.

Late Night Fuel

All that dancing and all day celebration will make a very hungry crowd. Keep your guests entertained and fill their bellies with some fun late night snack stations or passed options. From sweet selections like ice cold milk shooters and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to more savory bites like a slider bar with truffle fries, The Catered Affair has something to please every taste bud.

Relish in Refreshments

It’s summer time and the sipping is easy! Go out of the box for your summer refreshments with signature cocktails and a boozy popsicle station. From tangy margarita to sweet sangria your guests will love being able to cool down with a little extra kick.

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