How to Make a Wedding Reception Fun

21st June, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

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Weddings can either be time for celebration, but often guests flinch at the invitation, worrying it’ll be a stuffy affair, so the last thing you want is for your friends to think the same thing. So here are some tips to liven things up at your wedding celebration.

The first dance will have everyone’s eyes on you, and while there is something timeless about a Viennese Waltz or a sappy romantic tune, try to jazz this up a bit. This is the time to shock your guests – surprise them with a sexy Latin dance or a jazzy swing step. This will definitely set the tone for a lively party.

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Bored children at a wedding could very easily lead to disaster, so make sure you’ve got a game plan to entertain them. Set up an area for them, perhaps in a separate room with a babysitter who can set up movies for them to watch or even just give them a couple of tables with coloring books, toys and such.

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Toasts can be brilliantly witty, but sometimes they run on and on leaving guests to look at their watches often. Prep your toasters to keep it down to two-minute max and to keep long-drawn stories for the anecdotes during drinks.

A wedding is a party, so give out some favors like noisemakers or masks. Encourage the guests to let their hair down and have a bit of fun once the formalities are all over and done with.

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Get rid of the sit down dinner and get your guests involved. Great food is a good way to celebrate, but when everyone gets what he or she likes it’s even better. Set up a customizable food station where people can either have a pasta bar or a grilled cheese stations they can pick and choose from. It’s fun and everyone gets what he or she wants!

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Nothing kills a party more than having all your guests leave early, so give a reason for them to stay. Plan some fireworks or an exciting surprise and tell them about it. It’ll give them an incentive to stay on until the very end.

But, sometimes the best parts are the bits the guests don’t see coming. Plan a surprise that will awe your guests until the very end, like a mariachi band or a troupe of belly dancers.

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Going back to formal matters, make sure you arrange seats thoughtfully. The last thing you want is to sit people next to each other who don’t get on. Pick people you know would have a lot in common or great chemistry and build up based on that. That way you’ll have a great ambience at the wedding.

And last but not least, order food that isn’t formal or stuffy. You want the wedding to be fun, so go for what you would eat. If you fancy something exotic then go for Spanish tapas or Mexican. Be creative and everyone will have a great time! If you prepare a wedding thoughtfully and creatively, you’ll find people will have the time of their life and talk about it for the rest of it.

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Tea party themed wedding

22nd March, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

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Whether you have a thing for all things English or you just want a good cup of tea – a wedding planned around a tea party theme could be pretty cute.

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The theme of the vintage tea party has been very popular at classy hen parties and bridal showers, but there is a lot of potential to make it a fun wedding theme – with all that pretty stylizing it could just be the perfect thing!

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The easiest way to get the decoration ball running is to take many pretty tea cups. There is just so much potential to be creative! One popular trend at the moment is to use these as candle holders. They also hold the opportunity to make pretty center pieces.

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If you don’t have any of your family heirlooms around, then no worries, you can rent your own porcelain pretties from a variety of places, try Pearl and Godiva for one. While it might not be a good idea to use the rented variety for burning down hot wax, you could adorn them with flowers to create cute little vases – or even to top the cakes wit. Pile up your tea cups and plates to create a unique cake stand too!

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For those of you going for something more sophisticated and less Mad-Hatter, then try to use a silver tea set for flower decorations. It’s a simple idea that still oh so elegant.

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There is more to the theme than just teacups and tea sets – colourful tea tins offer a world of possibility for floral displays. It doesn’t matter if they don’t match, their colourful and eclectic display is part of the charm!

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The tea party theme isn’t just limited to table décor, with the rising popularity of dessert tables, you can use vintage tea cups and plates to emphasize the display – or if you’re super creative, make a clock out of teacups!

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To give something back to your guests, you can avoid the cliché of tea related gifts by giving handmade early grey soaps wrapped up in tissue teabags! 

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If you want to go for the English teatime theme, if the weather is good you could hire a garden with a marquis, serve cucumber sandwiches and other teatime treats to give your wedding a rural British fare. Going for tea-themed nuptial celebrations offer a wealth of possibilities if you’ve got the right creative eye.

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Vintage wedding ideas for 2013

3rd March, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

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Vintage is in right now, and with the Great Gatsby craze of the moment, we can expect to see many 1920s themed weddings in 2013. But vintage doesn’t necessarily mean flappers and gin; you can come up with your own blast from the past that’s uniquely yours.

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While planning a wedding is part of the fun, it can also be really stressful. To get it right involved meticulous planning and structure ideas before we put them into action.

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One popular theme that can give a little personal touch to your big day is to pick a retro style from the 60s, 40s and even 20s offering a touch of the past with modern comforts.

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A vintage style wedding involves a lot of detail – from the decoration to wedding invitations; even the bride’s dress and grooms suit should also fit the time. And what about photography and transportation? You can hardly do a Victorian style wedding with a stretched limo! It’s important to decide how authentic you’re going to be – all out period drama, or just a hint from the past.

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Picking an era is the fun part, the 1920s makes one think of glamour and an irreverent spirit, equipped with Rolls-Royces and low-rise tassel dresses and tuxedos. The 1960s we think of the elegance of Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe, whereas if you’re up for a hippy wedding then the 1970s could be fun. The trick of getting the vintage wedding right is in the details, but in a subtle way as to not make it totally overbearing.

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When you’ve picked your era, decide what kind of touch you want to add – decadent, romantic or even ecological, just because it’s based on a different time doesn’t mean you don’t get to stamp your own finger print to it. If you’re going with 1950s, then pick a Frank Sinatra soundtrack or a live jazz band. Make your invitations with that antique touch.

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The right venue can also act as the perfect stage for your wedding. For a 1950s wedding, a country house with a nice garden with a live, tuxedo-clad band would be idea. For those wanting something more antique, like the 1920s, an old mansion with a classy, formal dinner with silver wear is perfect. Get out the pearls and the champagne!

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And last but not least – the bride’s dress. With vintage being so in for 2013 it shouldn’t be difficult to find the right dress.

 

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Pick a 1920s style wedding dress or a 1950s full skirt and knee-length gown for that final touch. The groom could even dress up with vintage style elegance, with a look inspired by Mad Men to accompany his 1950s bride.

 

 

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Classy Bachelor Wedding Party Ideas

24th February, 2013 - Posted by Lia - No Comments

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Strippers and beer – those are the first thoughts to come into our heads when we think of bachelor parties, and most brides to be dread them. But there is a way to celebrate your last night of freedom without the kegs and tangas.

A good way to plan a fun and classy bachelor party is to pick an activity and base the party around that. Just because you leave out the naked dancing girls doesn’t mean it’ll be a boring affair. Make it a night to remember rather than a cliché. 

If the groom is looking for something wild, then why not get the adrenaline pumping? Rent some ski jets for the day or head up to the mountains for some snowboarding or skiing.

Paintballing is another fun way to let boys be boys, and this way no one gets hurt or even hung over.

Sports are a great chance for some male bonding, either plan a game of soccer or basket ball or attend a professional game together. Golfing or bowling are also good ways to have some lad time.

For those of you looking to mark your last days as a bachelor in style then create a casino night. Hire a professional croupier, sip some martinis while wearing a tuxedo and you too can feel like something out of a James Bond movie.

Rugged and outdoorsy types may enjoy a camping trip to the mountains with some good old hiking.

Have fun and be sensible – don’t do anything insanely dangerous. The bride is not going to be very happy when presented with a husband-to-be with a broken limb. A cast on the leg will make for a big damper on the honeymoon.

It’s a nice touch to surprise the groom with the party, but do take into account his own interests and personality. If he’s not the outdoorsy type, then perhaps the camping trip that may be heaven for you could turn out hell for him.

Once you’ve picked your central, bachelor party activity then be sure to plan a good meal afterwards. In the summer, something on a terrace or in the garden makes a good choice, while winter celebrations may benefit from something more formal. If you opt for the later, why not rent a room at the groom’s favorite restaurant?

Enjoy a bit of boisterous fun with funny toasts and an alternative version of the best man’s speech you’d rather the bride’s parents didn’t hear.