Although it depends on your availability and the size of your reception, if you are having the event at a place that doesn't host weddings, consider getting a wedding planner. Gail's venue was "virtually an empty shell. It was an enormous amount of work. To bring in every fork, every knife. With Top Chef filming my personal schedule was up in the air, so it was great that our wedding planner could do a lot of the stuff. Planners are wonderful because they know the vendors and know how to talk down and negotiate prices." Gail recommends finding a planner you like and get along with.