6 Reception Details You Need to See

Jun 17, 2021 | Planning

Weddings have changed a lot over the years, but they've never looked more different than they have in the past year: In the wake of COVID-19, couples learned that a wedding can be just about anything—a celebration held on a computer screen, a drive-by parade, a family-only dinner, or an intimate elopement. While nationwide vaccinations and lower transmission rates mean that we'll soon start to see more traditional events, there's a good chance that some couples will continue to embrace these new approaches to getting married. If a traditional sit-down dinner is just not your thing, you may be looking for creative alternatives. Here's Fine Art Curation member Anna Gianfrate Photography with her top tips, sharing 6 great ideas to consider.

DESSERT RECEPTION / ICE CREAM CART

If you and your spouse-to-be are huge dessert people, plan a party that focuses on your favorite sweet treats. Follow a nighttime ceremony with a dessert bar and an array of dessert-style cocktails. If you do go this route, make sure your guests know that there will not be a dinner—mention it on your wedding invitations so no one arrives hungry.

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BOLD COLORS

If you're in the thick of brainstorming your summer wedding's décor landscape, get ready to embrace the vibrant colors of the season. Bright pinks, oranges, yellows, and greens are probably splashed across your Pinterest boards, and you've likely envisioned translating them across your stationery, big-day florals, ceremony decorations, and reception linens. Embrace the bold and wow your guests!

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COCKTAIL HOUR LOUNGE

Ultimately, when it comes to dressing up your cocktail hour, it's the little touches that count. Have a break-out area that guests can lounge at and chat. Use some of your ceremony florals to dress the area and even an outdoor rug to make it more indoor looking.

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SEATING PLANS

After the ceremony and cocktail hour, your guests will be looking for their reception seats. That's why you're looking for ideas to guide them there on the big day. You can go with classic seating cards like these below, or more creative ideas found here, as well as some incredible seating charts and displays.

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STATEMENT LIGHTING

Whether classic or modern, chandeliers and other glowing light fixtures will add something special to your celebration—be it front and center at the ceremony or en masse over your reception table, it's a sure way to make a statement at your wedding reception tables.

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BRUNCH CELEBRATION

Not interested in a traditional evening wedding? Plan a brunch celebration instead. Invite guests to join you from 11 A.M. until 2 P.M., and serve brunch classics like French toast, mimosas, and omelettes. This is also a great option for anyone who wants something a bit less formal, as daytime celebrations are generally more casual than nighttime ones.

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