10 Tips To Creating An Memorable Wedding Reception

The most memorable wedding reception is seldom the most expensive, the most elaborate, or the most time consuming, but more likely involves the most forethought and planning. Our experts have a talent for finding what matters most and including with that the most significant memory making event for each couple.

  1. Plan an Eventful Wedding – oh the excitement of a wedding that recognizes grandparents, parents, and other life long relationships! What about planning your amazing great day on the anniversary of a grandparent? Invite the Grandparents to stand at the head table with the Bride and Groom, and celebrate their day with era themed music and dances.
  2. Combine a Holiday Celebration – Christmas will never be the same again, and nobody will ever forget your anniversary when you combine your day with a Holiday. And the decor? It’s all a flutter of the holiday, combined with wedding bells, lace, and white satin. What could be better? Can you define the holiday without your wedding party?
  3. Set a Theme to Celebrate – Seasonal or an era, themes can be a fun way to add memorable content and even a time-stamp to a wedding. Perhaps, the era of the Bride and Groom’s birth?
  4. Black Tie & Masquerade – pull all your plans together for a masquerade ball, and present the most mysterious with a fun prize for their costume. One of my favorite blends this formal event with ‘famous couples’ and combines the winning musical selections with a magical theme of great music.
  5. Casual Afternoon Tea – a quartet of stringed instruments performing as the sun dips low in the western skies might be a better choice for the most casual, yet memorable event. Entice the rain with some rainmaker tunes.
  6. Breakfast with Strollers – when the coffee is hot, the air offers a chill of early morning, and the musicians are strolling through the audience, what could be more memorable at your wedding reception than musicians playing the early hours?
  7. Big Band Era Music and Dancers – wedding attendance can be even more fun when everyone dances, but if your attendees aren’t dancers, perhaps dancers on the stage can give them a few tips and ideas. Inspiring a line dance, or group dance might be a good option, if you want more action among guests, but any big band era music dances can be fun for multiple age groups.
  8. Cover Band Entertainment – current tunes, selected for the many hours of memories stirred with words, music, and hours of together time, making life better before, during, and after the wedding. A selection of popular tune might inspire dancing feet.
  9. Specialty Show Stoppers – showcase a favorite singer, the look-a-like tribute artist sends out memory making show tunes from talented featured singers.
  10. Memory Making Moments – whether your music is relevant or classic, the tunes you showcase at your wedding will be the most remembered music of your life. I still know every single word to ‘The Rose’ and ‘Ever Green’ even 35 years after the fact.

Tips to a No Stress Dress Shopping

As soon as the wedding date is finalized, most brides start to think of their wedding gowns. Choosing the right dress is one of the most difficult parts of wedding preparations. With hundreds of choices available online and offline, it can take weeks, even months, before you find the wedding dress that fits your style, figure and budget. Here are some tips you might find useful when you start your search for the perfect wedding dress.

Create an inspiration board

There is a whole gallery online for wedding gowns and dresses to help inspire you. It helps when you are familiar with dress styles, fabrics and silhouettes when narrowing down your choices.

It’s okay to not get the exact picture of what you want during the search. You can print those out or cut out pictures of bridal magazines. Whether you are looking into buying a bespoke dress or renting a gown, having a compilation of the gowns you like will help designers and consultants find a similar design.

Do your search ahead of time

Give yourself enough time for research. This is especially important if you are thinking about buying a bespoke wedding dress. The ideal time frame is three to six months before the wedding day. This will serve well if you ever need to make adjustments on the dress.

Take a trusted friend along

When you head out to try on some wedding dresses, it’s always best to bring along an honest friend with you. You can’t always rely on the saleslady’s opinions because all they want is for you to buy the dress. An honest friend or sister will know which dress flatters you the most.

Limit the number of your company. Too many opinions can be confusing and at the worse, could start feeling like going on a firing squad for every fitting. You want to enjoy this moment.

Set a budget

The perfect wedding dress should not cost an arm and a leg. Remember, after the wedding, you will be on your own and you will need a chunk of your money to start anew with your hubby. Fortunately, nowadays, it’s easy to find wedding dresses that are budget-friendly.

Choose a dress you feel comfortable in

You will be in your wedding dress for hours. Make sure you choose a dress that you’re comfortable wearing. When it comes to comfort, fabric texture and weight are huge factors.

Whatever the style of wedding dress you end up choosing, remember that your dress is unique to you. So, be confident and just have fun in it. This will give you a smart and remarkable look.