Walking into the Reception

The “I do’s” have been said, the rings have been exchanged – it’s party time!

Your reception is that much-anticipated time of celebration that should uniquely reflect you as a couple. Finding the right venue is the half the battle. Here are some ideas to help make the evening a memorable experience for all! Whether you create a small intimate reception or host a huge party, you don’t want to disappoint!


1. Create an inviting space.

Kissing next to the LOVE sign in Big Barn
An elegant yet homey décor style offers your guests the opportunity to relax and let the party begin. One unique styling idea is to set up a lounge area with a few couches, chairs, a side table or two, pictures, and candles for your guests to enjoy while the post-wedding pictures are being taken. This offers your guests an area apart from the dance floor and tables to relax, visit, and take pictures as the night progresses. It also gives those guests that don’t quite feel up to hitting the dance floor later in the evening a place to feel more at ease.


2. Let your guest tables shine.

Bride and groom at beautiful table at Magnolia Meadows
This is the area of the reception where each person will be spending the most time visiting, eating, and enjoying the evening’s festivities. Let your wedding theme spill over onto the tables so the guests feel the continuity of the event. Decisions like using long tables versus round tables will affect the look and feel of the reception as well as the conversation enjoyed among the guests. Once the layout and styling decisions have been made, let your creativity flow into the creation of your centerpieces! These will communicate the most about your theme and how you want your guests to feel. Whether your wedding is modern with long orchids in narrow vases or rustic with baby’s breath in mason jars, add personal touches with photos, candles, and possibly even incorporate the guest wedding favors into the centerpieces.


3. Add personal details for each guest.

Personalized place setting in the Big Barn at Magnolia Meadows
In the midst of wedding craziness, a guest will feel incredibly honored if there is a personal touch just for them. This is could be accomplished by including a special note on the backside of a name card or possibly framing candid photos of the bride or groom with the guests that would be seated at that particular table – what a beautiful way to remember friendships and past memories with your friends!

A recent bride used a white doily instead of a plate charger, and wrote a short personal note to each guest on the doily, topping that with a clear plate they would then use during the reception. What a unique alternative to making name cards for each place setting! If the reception is too large to incorporate this idea, this could be used primarily for the wedding party or immediate family.


4. Add Elements of Unexpected Fun to Traditional Reception Ideas.

'Tying the Knot' game at Magnolia Meadows
No wedding would be complete without the traditional guestbook! Often this is followed up with the opportunity for the guests to also write something special to the couple on a memory tree or a picture frame at the reception. One creative couple decided to substitute Jenga blocks for the wedding guest book, and the result was amazing! Every guest was given a Jenga block that they then covered with their names, inspirational quotes or inside jokes. Thinking outside the box can set your wedding reception apart!


5. What about those wedding favors?

Personalized wedding koozies
The final take-away for each guest at your reception would be the wedding favor. Depending on the size of the reception and the wedding budget, this final ticket item can easily get buried under the blur of wedding bills. Opting to put your money into other priorities is always an option, but if you choose to treat your guests to a small token of your gratitude, find something that embodies you as a couple!

Edible favors like mints or candy enhance the reception itself and might be the groom’s well-known favorite indulgence. The bride might design personalized candles or soaps or create unique place card holders that would become a collectible for her guests. A couple that loves to cook might prepare etched glassware or bottle openers. If the couple is known as “the practical ones”, it would be logical to purchase something incredibly useful for their guests like his-and-her luggage tags or small jewelry dishes. The outdoorsy couple could gift trendy geometric planters with succulents inside (as well as incorporate them into the reception centerpieces for a win-win!).


However your reception ends up looking, the final touch will be the group of amazing friends and family that come together to show you their love and support as you begin your new lives together!


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