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Great Ideas for Receptions

  • Identify each table at the reception with words such as lines from your favorite story or poem, or locations of cities or countries you would like to travel to.
  • Place a note card with envelope and pen at each place setting for the rehearsal dinner. Have the mother of the groom invite guests to write notes on the first time they met the bride and groom. The cards may then be sealed, collected and presented to the couple to take along on their honeymoon.
  • At the reception, provide a coffee bar complete with Sambuca, Grand Marnier, Baileys and Amaretto to get the party hopping.
  • Instead of feeding your guests wedding cake why not try dessert stands with berries, cookies and chocolates laid out at each table for your guests to relax.
  • Tight budget? Consider a late ceremony followed by a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine and a string quartet. Remember to state on the invitations “Cocktail Reception” so guests do not expect a full dinner.
  • Use floor-length table linens or custom linens with decorative overlays to accent centerpieces, flowers, and lighting.
  • Mix up the shapes and sizes of your guest tables. They don't all have to be round, they don't all have to seat the same number of people.
  • Have your wedding in the morning and do a brunch reception. You can have a fabulous event without breaking the bank.
  • One of the latest trends is to NOT do assigned seating and name cards. Let guests mix, mingle and move around.
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