Planning the Wedding Reception
Weddings are for the ceremony, but are about so much more. This occasion brings family and friends together to witness the magical moment, and celebrate during the ultimate after-party. This big event is an opportunity to show off your style and personality. Explore these tips to create the wedding reception you want.
The Importance of Location
Planning the perfect wedding reception begins with the perfect location and venue. You should consider the distance between the ceremony venue and the venue for the wedding reception. The best way to organize and simplify this detail is to host both main events at an all-inclusive wedding venue. Holding your ceremony and wedding reception at one venue avoids travel, keeps it organized and flows smoothly. You should think about your vision for your wedding day. The atmosphere, scenery and layout are important. Think about whether the venue can bring the dream to life on the day that matters most.
Space for More than the Wedding Reception
You will need space for more than the wedding reception, especially if you are planning to host the ceremony and reception at one venue. An onsite bridal and groom’s suite are important for dressing at the venue and doing hair and makeup. The cocktail hour is a highlight moment that requires adequate space. You should consider your photography and the backdrop for the images. When touring a venue, think about locations for photography and the aesthetic of the venue.
The Details of the Wedding Reception Design
There are some details of the wedding reception design to think about. Chinaware and linens are actually a significant part of the design. You might not consider your dishes to be décor, but when the charger plates, napkins, chinaware, linens and accents work together, the table becomes quite impressive. Napkins add color and texture to the table setting. You can insert a napkin into a goblet and spread it in the shape of a fan. You can add dimension with an elegant triangle fold that pops off the plate. You can tuck a menu into the fold of a napkin or insert a sprig of lavender or an orchid. A table number has function and is part of the design. Small decorative touches create big impressions.
Head Table or Sweetheart Table
Traditionally, the bride and groom sit with their parents and the bridal party at a head table. Some couples hold to the old traditions, but many choose to sit alone at their own romantic sweetheart table. Sitting alone at a sweetheart table eliminates all the confusion about tradition and creates a separate space for the bride and groom to celebrate. Couples do not normally spend a lot of time at their table during the wedding reception, but their table should be elaborately designed. Avoid tall centerpieces and oversized floral designs that would block the view of the bride and groom. This is especially important for photography.
Centerpieces on Your Wedding Reception Tables
Set your wedding reception tables with centerpieces. Think about the shape and size of your tables for a dramatic look that fits the space. A long table could be perfectly designed with linear centerpieces, such as rectangular baskets of wheat grass and gerbera daisies. Round wedding reception tables are best suited for clusters and a large centerpiece as a focal point. You might consider alternating the height of centerpieces on different tables to break up the space and add dimension to the room. If you dream of the rustic look, bring the outdoors in with garland runners and oversized floral arrangements. Oversized candelabras and lanterns design elegant spaces. Create a romantic vibe with vases filled with your favorite wedding flowers. Make sure the widest part of the arrangements are over the tallest person’s head or beneath the shortest person’s head.
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