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The Pros and Cons of Bridal Seating

A bride stresses about every little thing concerning the details of her wedding. For the most part, guests don’t notice how many candles you lined on each table or how many chrysanthemum arrangements you settled on for the guestbook table, but they do notice some other things that you may not have spent so much time thinking about; they care if they get to see you on your wedding day. Often, the way you arrange your seating will dictate how approachable you make yourself and how easy it will be to make rounds to greet your eager guests. I went to a wedding where the bride chose to sit at a head table (An option where the bridal party sits facing the room in a row), but she put it on a platform that rose above the rest of us. The band leader called us up by table to congratulate the couple and bridal party on the stage - I wasn’t sure if we were supposed to hug them or bow to them. Here are some pros and cons of a few seating options you have on your wedding day. No matter what you choose, try to greet your guests personally during your reception. It’s one of the only things (besides the food and booze) that they really look forward to during your reception, and it’s your chance to thank them for their attendance during the ceremony.   1. The Sweetheart Table
This option allows you and your sweetheart your own table, usually small and located at the head of the room.
PROS:
Your wedding day will be stressful and hectic and full of talking. The sweetheart table gives you some alone time with your new spouse so you can wine and dine in peace (at least for a few minutes). This option is also nice for your bridal party, who can now be seated with their friends, family, and significant others throughout the rest of the room.
CONS:
It’s easy to get carried away and remain seated at this table all night. It may be difficult for less assertive guests to approach your table to greet you, especially since the sweetheart table tends to be in the center of attention. If you choose this option, make sure to get up and mingle.   2. The Head Table
This option allows you to sit with your bridal party (and your new spouse) in a long table at the head of the room. The people at this table sit on one side, facing the guests.
PROS:
You chose your bridal party for a reason - these people are special to you and you want to hang out with them. Why wouldn’t you want to sit with them too? This setup also makes it easy for guests to come up and greet you, as it isn’t quite as lonely as the sweetheart table.
CONS:
This is honestly my least favorite of the table options. By having your bridal party sit with you, you’re keeping them from other loved ones that they might want to sit with (including spouses, siblings, children). The line of people also means that you have to lean way over to talk to someone three chairs away from you, and no one likes a wedding gown covered in marinera.  
3. Sitting Among the Masses
You and your spouse sit at a table like everyone else - maybe with your parents, maybe with your friends - there’s no tradition to dictate what you should do.
PROS:
This is a good option if you aren’t big on being the center of attention. By sitting at a regular table like the rest of your guests, you can become part of the party instead of the focus of it. This option gives you time to relax and chat and eat without worrying yourself over bridal duties (and mingling doesn’t become so much of a task).
CONS:
Someone will always wonder why you didn’t sit with them. A creative way to fix this is to reserve two chairs at every table in the room and make time to sit and eat with them. This might be hard to pull off at a wedding with more than a dozen tables, but the intimacy of having even a small amount of time to eat and talk with all of your guests will make them feel that they got to experience your day WITH you.
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First Impressions with Wedding Place Card Holders

Wedding Place Card Holders Set the Scene

Wedding Place Card Holders

Wedding place card holders are probably the first things that your guests will see as they enter your ceremony space. Yes, they’ll notice the feel of the room, the centerpieces and the cake (if it’s set out) too, but the first small detail that they will see will be your wedding place card holders.
It’s no secret that the small touches are what makes a wedding. Every hall can be filled with roses and washed with pink tinted light, but your small touches are what sets your wedding apart from someone else’s. Things like wedding place card holders show your guests the time and energy you put in to your wedding day, and they will reciprocate that energy and passion.
Wedding place card holders don’t have to be fancy - on the contrary. Simple touches are often the most significant to an impressionable guest. Try to fit the wedding place card holders to the theme and feel of your wedding; paper bird silhouettes for a garden affair, tiny bells for a church wedding, or small renderings of famous works of art for a gallery cocktail hour. This detail is often the most overlooked, but can be a precious keepsake for your guest. If you’re hiring a calligrapher for your pace cards (or having friends and family help with the printing and design), keep in mind where the wedding place card holders will grip the cards. It might be confusing for a guest if their name is cut off by a wayward but well-meaning rosette.
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Choosing a reception venue

It is very difficult to get a wedding site of your choice unless you book it well in advance. There are many instances where couples have chosen their wedding dates based on the availability of the reception venueReception sites can vary from hotels to halls to clubs. Before choosing a venue, you need to have a rough idea on how many guests have been invited. Once that is decided, you need to look at the location and budget factor. The church hall is the best venue if you are on a shoestring budget. You also need to see if there are enough parking facilities available for the guests in the venue. You need to check their policies on food, beverage and music. It is better to look around the premise before hand so that there are no surprises on the day of the wedding. You can even use your backyard to host your reception. You need some good tents for that. Tents give a great feeling of outdoors with protection from the elements. They come in a variety of sizes and styles. If you are hosting an outdoor reception, it is necessary for you to have ample restrooms. You can event opt for portable rest rooms too.
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The Food at the Wedding

The food at your wedding is very important. People are very finicky about what they eat. It is not a problem if you do not have a good decoration. But if your food is bad, it will leave a bad taste in your guests' mouths. So do not compromise on quality. However, that does not mean that you spend thousands of dollars on catering. You can decide on a budget and get the best out of it. If you don’t want your guests to pay for their drinks and yet not end up paying a huge bill, the best way out of the situation is to decide from before, which drinks you want to serve. You can also keep the bar open for a few hours and then shut it down. You can also have a high tea reception where you only decide to serve appetizers. But you must clarify it before hand. You would not want your guests to come expecting full meal. Make sure that the caterer you choose is good. Ask for samples before hand. Also negotiate for a good deal. You must freeze the guest list to ensure that you do not run short of food.
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Low Cost Wedding Reception Ideas

Your wedding is something that you have grown dreaming about. But that does not mean that your wedding will put you in debt. No point starting a new life with debt. So do not go overboard. Things are expensive and over splurging is not a good sign. Your wedding is your special day. You are not here to please your guests. In fact your guests are here to be a part of your special day. Keep in mind that the most extravagant wedding is not necessarily the best one. One good way to cut cost is to avoid all frills. You can do away with alcohol. You can simply provide soft drinks and hot beverages. If necessary, you can keep a cash bar. If your guests want to drink, they can do it at their own cost. You might skip dinner entirely by holding your reception early in the day. You can also opt for pot luck by asking few close friends to cook. You can do away with the expensive china and silverware. You can use paper plates and napkins. Don’t worry no one will mind. If you want some music, you can check with local colleges. They have good in-house bands that are not too expensive. You can also compile a  CD of your favorite tracks from the net and play it at the venue
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Katherine Heigl of 'Grey's Anatomy' fame has a white wedding

The star of popular television shows ‘Grey’s Anatomy and ‘The Ringer’, married her musician boyfriend Josh Kelley in a traditional white themed ceremony. Stein Eriksen Lodge in Utah was the perfect location for a white themed wedding. With light snowfall outside and interiors done up in dramatic tones of white, the couple ensured that their dream of fairytale white wedding was played out well. White drapes, white candles, white cushions, white chairs and even a white carpet was put together to create a magical ambience. Katherine looked stunning in an exquisite white Oscar De La Renta wedding gown. The path to wedding reception area was adorned with shimmering white candles. The couple had planned the wedding to last detail to make this day a memorable one. You too can plan a themed wedding; check our inspiring collection for some theme ideas
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