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    What Kind of Reception Meal Do You Want?

    Your wedding reception is one of the biggest parties that you’ll ever throw. That puts a lot of pressure on you to get it right. At the same time, it’s crazy to spend more money than you can afford. That just starts your relationship off in a bad way. When you’re coming up with a menu for your reception, considering these questions. Do You Want a Buffet or a Sit-Down Dinner? There are pros and cons to both options. Buffets usually lead to more wasted food, but you don’t have to hire as many waiters. Sit-down dinners have a more formal feel, but it can prevent guests from mingling during…

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    Wedding Receptions for the Budget Savvy

    Let’s be honest, you’ve already bought your dream dress, paid for a venue, found an amazing band or DJ and that’s not even everything you’ll need to spend money on before the big day. We all know that one of the best things about a wedding other than the first kiss is the reception. This is the time when everybody meets around the table to talk, sip champagne and eat, so it’s no wonder you don’t want to skimp on your meal. But there are plenty of alternatives to a formal service. Cocktail Reception If you love appetizer platters in restaurants than consider holding a cocktail reception instead of a…

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    Seating Arrangements for Your Reception

    There are certain things you need to take note of when it comes to seating your guests at your reception. For starters, you definitely won’t want to place your single friends at the kids table and have them unwillingly become the babysitter when they should be having fun, relaxing and celebrating the joyous event with you. Neither would you want to leave out a close friend from the bridal party table and end up with hurt feelings and quite possibly, a broken friendship that may be hard to mend. We’ve put together some ways in which you can go about with the seating arrangements for your reception so that you…

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    Three Games to Play at Your Reception

    Receptions are known as the time after the wedding when friends, family and the bride and groom can eat, drink and dance the night away. However, more and more couples are choosing to play games during their receptions. In fact, we love reception games so much, that we have chosen to tell you about three of our games to play during your reception. Where’s the Groom This game tests the bride to see how well she really knows her groom. Male guests are selected and placed in a lineup alongside the groom. During this time, the bride is blindfolded and taken into another room. When she returns to the reception…

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    Three Current Reception Trends to Take You to 2013

    Can you believe that 2012 is almost over? Neither can we, but one thing is for certain, we are looking forward to 2013’s weddings. There are a few 2012 reception trends that we are very excited to see make an appearance in 2013 as we know they will. Keep reading to discover the trends that we know will RSVP to 2013’s weddings. Dress Up More and more brides and grooms are yearning for the days when men and women put on their best for a celebration. That is why we are seeing an increase in couples sending out invitations with the words “black tie” or “white tie” printed on them.…

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    Child-Friendly Wedding Activities

    Since the beginning of time children have been present at weddings. Although there have been brides and grooms that suggested that parents keep their children at home during the wedding, they are in the minority. However, you can have children present without disrupting your reception. All you need to do is have some child-friendly activities so the little ones and big ones can have a great time. Coloring Books Coloring books never go out of style. Set a child’s table with books and crayons and watch the magic happen. It’s something about coloring outside the lines that is oh so fun. Word to the wise though, don’t use markers because…

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    Child-friendly Wedding Reception Activities

    More and more couples are inviting kids to their weddings and it comes as not much of a surprise since a wedding is after all the celebration of the joining of two families and this includes all members of the two families – kids included. For those of you who fall under the category of soon-to-be newly weds with kids, those who are your very own, those who are a part of the extended family or those who are coming as guests, you’ll be glad to know that we’ve listed a couple of interesting and entertaining activities that will ensure that your younger guests will have just as much fun…

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    Celebration Ideas for Your Second (or Third or Fourth) Wedding

    Traditionally people don’t do much for their second weddings. Perhaps they feel that a big event is unnecessary or that they don’t want to impose on their families. Forget tradition! Every wedding is special, whether it’s your second, third, or fourth. If you’re celebrating love, then you deserve an occasion that shows how you feel. Have a Small Ceremony and a Big Reception If you did the big ceremony thing for your first wedding, then you’re probably over it. This time through, you can focus on intimacy. Invite your closest friends and relatives to witness the event. You might even hold the ceremony in someone’s home. What’s the point of…

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    The Post-Wedding Reception

    Last week, we got a private message from one of our brides with a question. She was getting married at an intimate destination wedding with her closest friends and family, but still wanted to have a celebration with her friends. Did we have any ideas and suggestions? Well, as usual, Jacqueline had a story: “I got married!!” yelled my friend down the phone late one Sunday afternoon. Frankly, I didn’t even know she was engaged…As it turns out, she wasn’t, and it was a Vegas wedding, to her long time now-husband of 6 years, Tommy. “Wait….but….where was my invite?” I was a little offended at first. After, we’re talking about…

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    Fun Centerpiece Alternatives

    Happy May Day! Did you know that May Day is an ancient spring holiday in many western countries? One of the earliest May Day celebrations was the festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers. While I love looking at flowers, my allergies makes it so that we have a “long-distance” relationship. Last week when I was bemoaning the fact that my yet unplanned wedding would not have floral centerpieces, my friend Bob rolled his eyes and named five other centerpiece ideas that he and his wife and thought and then discarded. So, here are some May Day inspired centerpieces that are green and allergy-free! Herbs For a bright spark…