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Take your wedding reception up a notch

Looking for ways to make your special day a little extra special? Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Head over to The Perfect Palette and explore all their fresh, modern color schemes. The Knot has 9 easy ways to upgrade your wedding reception. Rustic Wedding Chic serves up some golden wedding cakes that you might just have to have.

For all you DIYers out there, check out these combo favor/escort card marbleized coasters at Green Wedding Shoes. Jumping in on the double-duty idea, 100 Layer Cake sends your guests to their tables and home with attractive succulents. And Something Turquoise offers 15 innovative ways to decorate with balloons.

Don’t forget to consult Complete Weddings + Events for special lighting, fun photo booths and more. We’re here to help you create the wedding of your dreams.

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How to Enjoy Your Wedding Reception

It’s your big day, and you’ve been planning your heart out. The reception is your chance to kick back and enjoy yourself and your new spouse. But how do you get there after investing so much time, effort and money to create the perfect occasion?

  1. Focus on the big picture. Forget about all the details. It’s okay if the cake isn’t quite centered on the table. It’s okay that your Great Aunt Bertha squeezed herself into her own wedding dress today. It’s okay that the caterer swapped purple potatoes for Yukon gold. All those mishaps pale in comparison to the fact that you married your true love.
  2. Get comfy. It’s always a good idea for brides and grooms to have a back-up pair of shoes that will enable you to dance all night without pinched toes. A reception dress that enables a bride to hug, twirl, and bust a move doesn’t have to be expensive but is totally worth the effort. Hairpins bugging you? Grab a bridesmaid and duck into the ladies room to pull them out and redo your ‘do.
  3. Leave it to the professionals. You did your homework in the planning stage, choosing your reception hall, caterer, photographer, DJ and other professionals based on their experience and positive reviews from other newlyweds. So relax! Our job is to make sure you have a great time on your wedding day.
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Alternative Bouquets and Boutonnieres

Maybe you’re allergic to flowers. Maybe you just want something less conventional for your big day. Whatever the reason, if you are looking for some alternative styles for your bouquets and boutonnieres, we’ve sought out some of the season’s most eye-catching ideas. Enjoy!

Bouquets

Check out these unusual bouquets at WeddingOMania.com that range from pinecones to seashells to lollipops.

OneFabDay.com has nine showstoppers to consider.

Check out the fun ideas at Offbeat Bride.

BridalGuide has 25 options involving feathers, fans, birdcages and more.

Boutonnieres

Rock N Roll Bride offers ten different boutonniere ideas employing buttons, paper and even action figures.

Emmaline Bride has 21 unique boutonnieres to inspire you.

You’ll find 20 “quirky” alternatives at Chic Vintage Brides.

Head back to Offbeat Bride for 23 edgy designs.

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