Spectacular Wedding Reception Ideas

Choose catering with an ethnic theme to spice up your reception! Choose a variety of dishes to add flair and flavor to your reception. Variety will give your guests something to remember.

If you’re planning on having a buffet at your wedding reception, work out a plan to get the food moving quickly so that no guest is left waiting. Consider having multiple tables at different locations in your venue so that many tables can go up at one time, shortening the lines at each.

Vintage or antique place settings are a perfect addition to a retro or period-inspired rehearsal dinner or reception, but they are also extremely expensive. Instead of spending days trying to track down a complete set, consider private rental companies that, for a modest sum, rent out entire place settings, silverware, and serving utensils.

When working the room at your wedding reception, you should stick to your new spouse. The two of you together should be mingling with all your guests, showing the unity that will keep you going through your long relationship together. Introduce your partner to anyone he doesn’t know, and he should return the favor.

If you choose a ceremony or reception site that is outdoors, opt for natural elements that will not clash with the setting. This means a focus on materials like aged wood, tea-stained ornate lace and embroidery, and flowers. Emphasize sprigs and blooms like prairie grasses, wheat chaffs, and colorful wildflowers in imperfectly arranged bouquets.

If you need to cut costs on your wedding day, think about which items can serve a dual role at your event. For example, buy water bottles for your guests and add a personalized label to them. Not only can they be handed out as wedding favors, but they also provide refreshment during the reception.

Instead of a big ballroom, try a less expensive location for your wedding reception. Investigate parks, community centers and backyards. You can decorate any space that you find if you’re able to save on the fee for the location itself. Enlist help to find a cheap location and see what you can find.

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