I regularly tune into The Splendid Table. I listen to the free podcasts for cooking inspiration. Lynne Rossetto Kasper is the host and she often shares her cater-it-yourself or grow-it-yourself ideas. I highly recommend the show if you're interested in food and entertaining and it'll also be a big help in inspiring a reception menu.
She also gives great advice on the best kitchen tools. I've heard some brides-to-be call her up to ask about what kinds of pots and pans to put on their registry