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Monday’s Finding: Tablescape Inspiration

Today I thought I would post some of my favorite tablescapes I have pinned as of late. I’ve got just about every style of wedding represented: glam, classic, goth, shabby chic, vintage, modern, etc. We are talking some major inspiration for your own reception decor. For those of us (like myself) on a tight budget, you can use these ideas and pick one or two details to focus on, find ways to DIY, substitute more expensive materials with budget friendly ones, or borrow the color scheme and still come off with a gorgeous tablescape your guests will love. So without further ado…EYE CANDY!

Tablescapes 1

Tablescapes 2

Tablescapes 3

Tablescapes 4

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Tips or Trends Tuesday: Trend: Reception Lounges

In the past year or two, reception lounges with their casual setting aside from the buffet and dance floor have become increasing popular at weddings. Bride Tide is predicting that the reception lounge popularity will increase in 2013 and lounges are definitely on trend. Personally, I love them. They provide a great option for your guests who either don’t want to dance, those who are taking a break from getting their dance on not just for rest, but for mingling and conversation without the noise of the dance floor and sans the stiff dining chair. There are ways to create a lounge for every theme, budget, and guest total. Here are some of my faves from around the ‘net.

Modern Wedding Lounge

Rustic Wedding Lounge

Vintage/Garden Reception Loungs

Glam/Classic Reception Lounge

Monday’s Finding: Sticks and Stones…

If you are a couple on a budget, nature has so graciously supplied you with free or nearly free centerpiece ideas. Sticks, branches, and stones when used en masse can make a big decorative impact without killing your budget. You can go rustic with little embellishment, add votives for a bit of glitz, or add flowers (fresh, artificial, paper, etc.) for a touch of romance. Mix tall branch arrangements with low stone arrangements for a bit of variety or for a more uniform look, keep your table decor the same.

One of my favorite trends involves decorating the stone with crocheted mini doilies as shown below. Scattered in the middle or down the center of a table with white votives they will be gorgeous and can even double as a favor.

Here are some ideas to inspire your own sticks and stones arrangements. Take care all and have a great Monday!

Branches and sticks centerpieces

Stones Centerpieces

Tips or Trends Tuesday: Wedding Trends: Tall Centerpieces

According to Bridal Guide’s “Wedding Trend Report for 2012,” tall towering centerpieces are making a comeback for wedding season 2012. As many brides are moving toward more formal classic fetes, tall centerpieces that add instant drama to any reception are on the rise (ba dum dump…bad pun, I know).

What’s great about centerpieces with significant height? For venues with high ceilings, tall centerpieces can fill in some of that vertical space thus making the room feel less sparse. Tall centerpieces allow for long strands of crystals, and with the right structure, create layers of light via tall tapers or hanging votives. Finally, they are almost always a show stopper adding instant “wow” to your reception decor.

Here are some of my favorite tall centerpieces sure to provide inspiration for your own nuptials. Have a beautiful day all!

Rustic

Tall Centerpieces Rustic

Garden

Tall centerpieces Garden

Modern

Tall Centerpieces Modersn

Classic

Tall Centerpieces Classic

Saturday Surprise: Luxe Week: Amazing Tablescapes

Well, here we are at the end of luxe week. I hope you have enjoyed it and have gotten some ideas for your next event or for your upcoming wedding. While many of the ideas shown are very high budget, you can still have a lovely event and use this week’s posts as an inspiration. FYI- My personal budget for my own wedding is $5,000 and through this week have found some ideas that I will incorporate in to my wedding celebration.

Luxe Tablescapes

10 Tips to a Great Wedding Reception

10 Tips to a Great Wedding Reception
Susan Southerland (24 Jun 2010)

Your wedding day will pass by so quickly. You want to be able to enjoy every moment of it. Here are ten tips to make sure you and your guests get the most out of your reception.

1. Plan like crazy during the months prior to your wedding, but on the wedding day, let everything go. It is so easy to get caught up on all the details of your wedding reception, but when the big day arrives, there is very little you can do as events unfold. Don’t get upset over little things like the cake knife getting lost, or a flower falling out of your bouquet. You will waste precious time fretting over little details that no one else will notice.

2. Don’t make your guests wait. We provide our clients with a timeline of the wedding day from the moment they start getting ready through the exit from the reception. We tell everyone that the time prior to the start of dinner is firm. We don’t want anyone running late, because the guests will be left standing around doing nothing. In particular, make sure your ceremony starts on time and that the photographer doesn’t take longer than the cocktail hour to complete your photos. Your reception doors should open up between forty-five minutes and an hour after your cocktail hour begins. If the guests are left waiting much longer than that, they will get restless.

3. Don’t plan too many events during the reception. Most wedding receptions have traditional events that must take place, the entrance, first dance, parent dance, toasts, cake cutting, bouquet and garter toss and exit. Do not add too many other events that will interrupt dance time.

4. Make some music selections and give that information to your band or DJ, but don’t try and program the entire event. A professional entertainer will be able to read the crowd and adjust the music to keep people dancing. If you tie their hands with too many song requests, the energy of the evening may suffer.

5. Have proper lighting. If you want a great dance party, make sure the lights are dim. Your guests will be more likely to get up and move if the lights are down. Remember, if you are having a videographer, make sure to discuss the lighting with him. If it is too dark in the room, the video quality may suffer.

6. Make sure the temperature in your reception room is comfortable. It shouldn’t be too hot or too cold. Many modern reception facilities have their room temperatures regulated by computers, so if the room is uncomfortable, it takes time to change the temperature. Make sure to discuss the issue with your catering manager or wedding planner prior to the wedding day.

7. Make sure your entertainment is right on the dance floor, not in a corner. Of course, the entertainment is not the main focus of the day, but your guests will respond better if they can interact with the band or DJ.

8. Make sure your feet are comfortable. Every bride wants to have stunning shoes on the wedding day. Usually the most stunning shoes have a three inch heal and straps or a skinny toe. They look great for the ceremony and beautiful in photographs, but they don’t do well on the dance floor. Make sure to bring some flat shoes, sneakers or flip flops to give your feet a break.

9. Don’t overspend. Nothing is more stressful than watching your beautiful wedding day unfold knowing that you are in debt because of it. Plan carefully and spend wisely, you will be able to enjoy your wedding and honeymoon in peace.

10. Eat, Drink and be Merry! Your guests will take their cues from you. If you are eating, dancing and enjoying yourselves, your guests will too. When I see a packed dance floor, typically the bride and groom are right in the center of the crowd.

Susan Southerland is the president and founder of Just Marry! and the wedding planning expert for Perfect Wedding Guide. For more wedding planning tips and ideas, visit Susan’s blog.

Source: http://www.perfectweddingguide.com/wedding-reception/10-tips-to-a-great-wedding-reception