Lighting and styling are key for gorgeous looking receptions. You want to be able to dim the lights for eating and mingling with family and friends then be able to turn up the lights just enough for people speaking and your first dance. If you can manage it, always have a real DJ or live band/musician, never just whack a digital music player into the house system for your music. A true DJ knows how to work the crowd, timing is everything when people are involved and the same goes for a live performance. Consider staging a fake exit while folks still have the energy! Some of your older guests might not be up as late as you. Working in some sparklers is an epic way to exit. Perhaps after the cake, first dance or bouquet and garter toss then let the party begin. I can leave sooner as you do not need me until 2:00 am taking a lot of repetitive dancing photos. Another tip I have for you is that for me to photograph your guests during reception, its best that I photograph then when they are not eating dinner or meals. So, to avoid this, may I ask to be feed a meal just after your bridal party is feed. Reason for this is that we mostly get feed a meal last and what happens is that I can not photograph anything for 30mins because everyone is eating a meal. ( waste of time that you are paying for ). So If I eat with your guests at the same time, I can then photograph more of your wedding because I will finish my meal at the same time as them. I can explain more about this on the phone and before your day.