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Ideas to make your Reception represent YOU…Dunhill Tuxedos Bridal Blog

July 14, 2010 by  

Your typical reception agenda may offer cocktails, hors d’oeurves , dinner and dessert followed by a night of continuous mingling and dancing among your guests. Why not surprise you wedding attendees with something with an after dinner treat, o

r such a wedding novelty that it will have them talking about your Reception for years to come. We complied some ideas to get your wedding reception inspiration going to offer after dinner menus, stations and entertainment. Let this really be a time to represent you…

After dinner menus

Hotdog bar

Cater in your all time favorite hotdog vendor for an after dinner treat to let guests take a yummy break from dancing.

Sundae bar

Refreshing late night treat for guests. Set up ice cream and all the toppings and let guests treat themselves

Candy bar

Let your guests relive their childhood at your after dinner candy bar. Round up nostalgic candy and your favorites and make a display for all guests to make a goodie bag.

Baseball theme

Decorate this after dinner bar with your favorite baseball team. Offer cracker jack, hotdogs, peanuts, nachos, soft pretzels, cotton candy or any other baseball fare.

Entrances

The beginning of a Reception is a great time to really represent yourselves as a couple. When the D.J. or band announces you as a couple, it’s a great time to something a little silly or a little fun. Go with what you are known for. If bike rides, trips and races are your thing, roll in to your head table as you are announced into your reception on a bicycle built for you. If you’re avid golfers, have your wedding party hold up golf clubs as an arch as you walk through. These are just some examples, so it’s time to start getting creative and include what represents you. Remember, this is a time during your wedding that doesn’t have to be stiff and formal, so think of you as a couple and have a little fun with it.

Performances

If you, friends or family are involved in the arts, use those talented people for a performance. I attended a wedding where the bride was an Irish dance performer her whole life and taught a dance troop ages 6-14. She had her class perform and it was the big hit of the wedding. It was also really touching as she got emotional watching them perform for her at her wedding. She was one proud dance teacher and it got everybody up dancing!

Stations

Before or after dinner is a great time to add a little fun and novelty into your Reception with activities, or “stations”.

Cigar rolling station

The guys are sure to pay attention to this detail for sure! Contact a local cigar store or humidor and see what the rates would be or if they would be willing to set up a cigar rolling station. This will def even leave men talking about your wedding for years to come.

Wine Tasting Station

If you guys love visiting quaint wineries, then bring that winery to your reception hall and offer a tasting. Work with the reception venue with the wine offering and a local winery or wine store to see if you can set up a wine connoisseur to “host” the tasting section teaching your guest proper wine etiquette. This makes for a very fun, interactive cocktail hour. Put out signs with instructions of the correct way to taste wine and offer wines that pair nicely with your menu choices. Even if the bar closes during dinner, your guests can select that wine at the end of cocktail hour and savor with the main course.

Photobooth

Contact a company that will actually let you rent a whole photo booth and let your guests spend the night cramming in to take silly pictures. Guests can then leave pictures for you as a memory of your wedding. Another option is ask the photographer if they can create a “photobooth” section of the wedding reception.

Signature drink station

Create a drink that can be a conversation piece and represents you as couple to be offered as the signature drink at your wedding. Set up “signature drink” stations throughout the reception venue separate from the bar. This creates a bit of novelty to your reception and will give the guests even more fun to share in.

Kid’s Corner

If you’re a very kid friendly family, then you might need to set some elements very kid friendly at the reception. A kids corner will keep the kids busy and the temptation to run a muck at the reception hall down. Supply a kids sized decorative table with construction paper, glue sticks (help the moms out and stay away from sticky things) and other arts and crafts to keep them busy. Ask a teenaged age girl in your family or friends circle who wouldn’t mind monitoring the area. This way, the adults can enjoy the wedding and the kids can be there and a part of your special day.

Until next time…Happy Wedding Planning!

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Your typical reception agenda may offer cocktails, hors d’oeurves , dinner and dessert followed by a night of continuous mingling and dancing among your guests. Why not surprise you wedding attendees with something with an after dinner treat, or such a wedding novelty that it will have them talking about your Reception for years to come. We complied some ideas to get your wedding reception inspiration going to offer after dinner menus, stations and entertainment. Let this really be a time to represent you…
After dinner menus
Hotdog bar
Cater in your all time favorite hotdog vendor for an after dinner treat to let guests take a yummy break from dancing.
Sundae bar
Refreshing late night treat for guests. Set up ice cream and all the toppings and let guests treat themselves
Candy bar
Let your guests relive their childhood at your after dinner candy bar. Round up nostalgic candy and your favorites and make a display for all guests to make a goodie bag.
Baseball theme
Decorate this after dinner bar with your favorite baseball team. Offer cracker jack, hotdogs, peanuts, nachos, soft pretzels, cotton candy or any other baseball fare.
Entrances
The beginning of a Reception is a great time to really represent yourselves as a couple. When the D.J. or band announces you as a couple, it’s a great time to something a little silly or a little fun. Go with what you are known for. If bike rides, trips and races are your thing, roll in to your head table as you are announced into your reception on a bicycle built for you. If you’re avid golfers, have your wedding party hold up golf clubs as an arch as you walk through. These are just some examples, so it’s time to start getting creative and include what represents you. Remember, this is a time during your wedding that doesn’t have to be stiff and formal, so think of you as a couple and have a little fun with it.
Performances
If you, friends or family are involved in the arts, use those talented people for a performance. I attended a wedding where the bride was an Irish dance performer her whole life and taught a dance troop ages 6-14. She had her class perform and it was the big hit of the wedding. It was also really touching as she got emotional watching them perform for her at her wedding. She was one proud dance teacher and it got everybody up dancing!
Stations
Before or after dinner is a great time to add a little fun and novelty into your Reception with activities, or “stations”.
Cigar rolling station
The guys are sure to pay attention to this detail for sure! Contact a local cigar store or humidor and see what the rates would be or if they would be willing to set up a cigar rolling station. This will def even leave men talking about your wedding for years to come.
Wine Tasting Station
If you guys love visiting quaint wineries, then bring that winery to your reception hall and offer a tasting. Work with the reception venue with the wine offering and a local winery or wine store to see if you can set up a wine connoisseur to “host” the tasting section teaching your guest proper wine etiquette. This makes for a very fun, interactive cocktail hour. Put out signs with instructions of the correct way to taste wine and offer wines that pair nicely with your menu choices. Even if the bar closes during dinner, your guests can select that wine at the end of cocktail hour and savor with the main course.
Photobooth
Contact a company that will actually let you rent a whole photo booth and let your guests spend the night cramming in to take silly pictures. Guests can then leave pictures for you as a memory of your wedding. Another option is ask the photographer if they can create a “photobooth” section of the wedding reception.
Signature drink station
Create a drink that can be a conversation piece and represents you as couple to be offered as the signature drink at your wedding. Set up “signature drink” stations throughout the reception venue separate from the bar. This creates a bit of novelty to your reception and will give the guests even more fun to share in.
Kid’s Corner
If you’re a very kid friendly family, then you might need to set some elements very kid friendly at the reception. A kids corner will keep the kids busy and the temptation to run a muck at the reception hall down. Supply a kids sized decorative table with construction paper, glue sticks (help the moms out and stay away from sticky things) and other arts and crafts to keep them busy. Ask a teenaged age girl in your family or friends circle who wouldn’t mind monitoring the area. This way, the adults can enjoy the wedding and the kids can be there and a part of your special day.
Until next time…Happy Wedding Planning!
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