Monday, April 15, 2013

Our Top Ten Secrets to a FUN Wedding Reception

Every bride dreams of a beautiful wedding filled with pretty things, yummy food, and friends and family that come from far and wide to celebrate the day! Yes..this day is all about you and your groom....but don't you want it to be fun for everyone?
Here are some secrets (well they are actually proven to be successful) ideas for a FUN wedding reception.
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PICK AN UNFORGETTABLE GUESTBOOK IDEA
Do you really want everyone to sign their name in a book that may collect dust? Here are some ideas for a memorable keepsake that can be displayed in your home.
Puzzles...
A sentimental item
I still think that thumbprints are sweet and cute!
Have your guests sign a piece of artwork that can be hung in your home!
Jenga...Wouldn't it be fun to do this every year on your anniversary?
Silhouette Guest Book
Did you know that The Carolina Inn offers custom silhouettes that can be framed?  Ask a catering manager about the details.
Instagram your wedding...you can have the guests write notes on instagram and have them printed off at a later day. (check out iprintagram for more info)
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HIRE A CLASS ACT
WOW your guests during the cocktail reception with a mariachi or a big easy type of band. 
PLAY DANCEABLE MUSIC
Whether you hire a band or a DJ ....make sure that the music never stops (even if they need to take a break..plan what is going to happen during these time...this will avoid the death of the party)
DJ YOUR OWN SONG
WHAT???  That's right..its the trend right now...pick a song that you love (I know I'd be jammin to Suit and Tie by Justin Timberlake) and get everyone excited and on the dance floor.
KEEP THE TOASTS SHORT
....and arranged...and rehearsed.  Nothing is worse than having a best man babble on for 15 minutes about college parties or all people you dated before.  My golden rule...NEVER open the toasts up for anyone who would like to participate!
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ADD A LOUNGE AREA
This will help to keep guests entertained even when they are not dancing...and if they don't want to dance what a great place to just sit and relax. 
Hill Ballroom
Old Well Ballroom
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MAKE THE FOOD FUN
Bump your bar up a notch and do a beer, wine, whiskey, or margarita tasting station
SERVE SWEETS AND TREATS
How fun would be to have a food truck pull in at the end of your wedding serving great smelling donuts
or a nostalgic ice cream truck...I would be one excited guest if I saw this coming!
Plan an interactive food station
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PLAN AN END OF THE NIGHT SURPRISE!!!
Want to be sure that your guests hang around after the cake is cut?  Plan something fun at the end of the night and create anticipation as to what it might be.
Put together a choreographed dance with your groom and/or wedding party!

Late Night Snacks...love them...and so will your guests
Fun Send Off....
Aren't all of these rose petal just gorgeous?
CHANGE INTO SOMETHING COMFORTABLE
How about a little white dress to dance the night away in?  If you are comfortable you will move more, talk more, laugh more, and eat more.  Sounds like fun to me!
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HIRE A DAY OF COORDINATOR
You've got ideas...lots of them...but who is going to keep it all in check and make the details happen?
A wedding coordinator will alleviate your stress on the day of the wedding so that you can enjoy yourself!
Megan Gillikin~A Southern Soiree
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My words of advice...remember that this is a BIG party...ask yourself..what would I have fun doing at a wedding?  I mean...you plan what to do if you are having people over for dinner at your house!  Approach your wedding day with the same enthusiasm.  There are no rules anymore...so the sky is the limit.

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