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Wedding Decorations

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How to Choose the Right Wedding Decorations

So many choices with your wedding decorations, it is no wonder a bride can feel overwhelmed. Then question herself about the wedding decorations. Each wedding is unique so you want your own style and personality to complement your dress and theme. Learning how to choose the right wedding decorations is an important step to ensuring your big day is one you’ll always cherish.

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1.  Choose a style or theme for your wedding that will help you decide which wedding decorations are appropriate. Use your wedding dress as a guide to the formality and style. For example, a large formal event you may need more wedding decorations than you would for a small party on the beach.

2.  Consider color schemes to help you tie everything together. Flowers, linens, bridesmaid dresses, cakes and flowers should look as though they belong together even if they aren’t exactly the same color. Use a wedding planner color wheel to help you decide on accent colors.

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3.  Look at the time of year in which your nuptials take place. Also consider the time of day you are getting married. For example, an evening wedding in the winter may require darker colors, extra candles and muted flowers, while an afternoon wedding in the summer may require light airy colors, bright flowers and handheld fans for guests to cool themselves in the heat.

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4.  Pick your wedding decorations based on your location. For an indoor ceremony you may have to look at candles, flowers and pew decorations, while for an outdoor ceremony you may have to look more at arbors, paper lanterns, plants and aisle runners. Look around and use the atmosphere surrounding you.

5.  Rent items from a specialty store catering to weddings and parties. Items like tables and chairs, linens and even table decorations are all great to rent rather than purchase. Often the venue where you choose to hold your wedding may have closets full of decorations you can use for no additional cost.

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6.  Draw a map of your wedding area and label the specific areas for your wedding decoration choices. When deciding how to choose the right decorations for your wedding, consider the alter, pews, gift and cake tables, bathrooms, guest book table, food and guest tables, chairs and chair backs, walls, doors, ceilings and floors, where you may need to add color or hide architectural flaws and areas that don’t fit with your design plan.

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Wedding Shoes

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Wedding Shoes

Wedding shoes are important and you should take your time to find the perfect shoes. Neglecting your tootsies on your wedding day is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Invest the time and money to find a stylish yet comfortable pair of wedding shoes and you’ll be able to boogie the night away. Skimp on your shoes and you’ll have nothing but blisters and sore feet.

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Wedding Shoe Traditions

“Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue – and a sixpence in her shoe” – Old English wedding tradition.

While this sentiment is lovely, nothing is more uncomfortable than a coin in the shoe. Feel free to skip this tradition. No one will know. If anyone asks, say you’ve invested plenty of coins in your wedding shoes.

Another tradition surrounding wedding shoes was set by Queen Victoria in 1840 when she wore a white wedding gown and white wedding shoes. She bucked the traditional color of blue, and white weddings have been the rule ever since. This doesn’t mean that you must wear a white gown with shoes to match. If you prefer ivory or some other color, you too can buck tradition.

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When picking out wedding shoes, you should match the style of shoe to the dress.

This isn’t as necessary when you have a long, flowing gown as few will glimpse your feet. However, you will still need a quality pair of wedding shoes. Planning a beach wedding in a short dress? Bejeweled flip-flops are the obvious choice. This wedge is now offered at Lily’s Bridal and Prom Boutique. 

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Because wedding shoes can cost hundreds of dollars, many brides opt for styles they can wear again. Say goodbye to the standard white satin pumps and hello to designer footwear with fresh and fabulous new looks. Consider slingbacks, strappy sandals, ballet slippers and pumps. While heel choices range from flats to stilettos, the best choice is a heel you can walk in without having to practice – that is, a low heel. If you need the added height, go for a shoe with a wedge rather than a stiletto as they are much more forgiving.

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Buying wedding shoes is just as important as buying your wedding dress, maybe even more so because foot comfort can dramatically affect how you feel throughout the day. Pay attention to the details and pick out a stylish pair of shoes that can stand up to the test you’ll be putting them through on your wedding day. Once you buy the shoes, practice walking so you are completely comfortable on your feet. Consider buying a set of reception shoes for even more comfort throughout the day.

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Your Wedding Photos

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How to Look Gorgeous in Your Wedding Photos

Your wedding photos, like your wedding vows themselves, are meant to last forever. You can make sure those wedding photos capture you in all your bridal glory by following these foolproof steps to picture perfection.

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1. Hire a professional wedding photographer to take your wedding photos. The best wedding photographer is the one who makes you feel comfortable at your very first pre­-wedding meeting, and who understands exactly how you want your wedding photos to look and feel. Make sure the photographer shows you actual wedding photos he or she has shot, and talk to the photographer’s former clients for feedback and referrals. Don’t rely on eager but inexperienced family members or friends who offer to save you money by snapping pix on your big day, but do let them take wedding photos of their own and send you the best shots as keepsakes.

2.  Have your makeup done by a professional. A pro makeup artist knows how to utilize cosmetics to make your face look its best under specific photo conditions (harsh lights, flash, sunlight, etc.). Do a run­ through with your makeup artist prior to your wedding, and make sure you feel comfortable with how you look. On your wedding day, have touch­ up supplies at arm’s reach(oil blotting sheets, pressed powder, lipstick and lip liner, mirror, etc.). Last but not least, two words: waterproof mascara!

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3.  Practice in front of a mirror. Spend a few moments rehearsing your smiling and posing for your wedding photos. Closed­ or open­ mouth smile? Right side of your face or left? You’ll get a sense of your preferences and be ready for your close­ up when the photographer points and shoots. Take some test shots with your cell phone.

4.  Work your angles. Don’t face the camera head­ on, but rather tilt your body 45 degrees, even in portrait shots. Also, follow the lead of your favorite celebrities, and slightly cross your legs when standing, placing the heel of your forward foot near the toe of your rear foot. This position will help to narrow your silhouette and avoid the dreaded “deer in the headlights” look.

5.  Check before the click. Prior to any posed photo shoot on your wedding day (directly after your ceremony, cake­ cutting, etc.), check your hair and makeup, and make any necessary adjustments. Smooth down flyaway hairs, and blot or powder the shine off your nose and forehead. Our favorite pretty­ picture trick? After touching up your makeup, press your palms to your cheeks, hold for a moment, then release. This will give your face a natural, rosy glow and minimize the overdone look that sometimes mars wedding photos.

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6.  Relax. Before your photographer shoots, take a couple of deep breaths and lower your shoulders (but keep your neck long and chin slightly down). Feel the love surrounding you, savor the joy of the moment and smile.

These simple tips will help make your wedding photos extra special and precious.

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Wedding Manicure

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How to choose your wedding manicure 

A wedding manicure is very important and should not be overlooked. You plan your wedding day from wedding gown, hair, shoes, accessories, etc. So you must plan your wedding manicure too! Your hand is in the spotlight on your wedding day. Your hands will be in the photos and not to mention you will have a very special ring photo. So your wedding manicure is EXTREMELY important.

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On your wedding day the bride’s beauty is always the center of attention. The importance of your wedding manicure is not something to take lightly in the wedding preparations, as your hands will be out front and will be most notable. While, all the guests will look at the jewelry, dress and makeup, don’t forget the hands and nails, as you will find the wedding manicure as a blessing when you will hold the bouquets of flowers and when holding hands with your partner.

To completely get advantage of your wedding manicure, it is important to take care of your nails beauty, before one month of your wedding. The weekly bridal manicure will not only makes you feel good, but also reflects your hands with refreshing beauty for your wedding day. To look at your best, treat your hands to a stylish wedding manicure.

There are a billion nail trends to choose from for your big day. From matte finish manicures to glamorous glitter tips, it’s easy to see how a bride could get lost on her quest for the perfect wedding manicure. In the hopes of steering you towards your own personal bridal nail nirvana, here is a list of 5 nail trends for your special day!

Classic With A Twist – We love these looks for the not-so-daring bride. If you’re looking for a wedding manicure that is simple but a little more special than the standard nude or french tip manicure, this look is for you!

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Contemporary Caviar – On the hunt for something a little more trendy for your wedding manicure? Try caviar nails! Not only will these babies look stunning against your sequins dress but they are also an easy nail look to DIY. Collect your bridesmaids and make a night of applying this budget friendly manicure!

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Sweetheart Nail Art – You can really feel the love with these sweetheart inspired nail looks! Though subtle, we feel these wedding manicures would really add something special to any bride’s big day.

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Lovely Lace – Does any manicure scream bridal more than a lace nail look? While still very neutral these wedding manicures showcase detailed lace designs that would make any bride swoon.

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Beautifully Bejeweled – For brides looking for a wedding manicure that really stand out, the bejeweled nail look is the way to go! Whether you decide to go with a single jewel accent nail or a completely bedazzled wedding manicure, you’re sure to get some attention with this fabulous nail trend.

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Your Wedding Caterer

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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Caterer

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You’ll spend more money on wedding food than any other aspect of your reception, so you’ll want to work with a top-notch professional. When making appointments to interview wedding caterers, try to schedule a tasting of their wares at a later point. Don’t forget to ask them the questions below, and choosing a caterer will be as easy as pie — just make sure your taste buds have a say in the matter too.

1. Does the wedding caterer specialize in certain types of food or service? (They should provide you with sample menus to review.)

2. Can the wedding caterer arrange for a tasting of the specific foods you’re interested in, prior to hiring?

3.  What is the wedding caterer’s average price range? Are costs itemized depending on the foods you choose, or is there an all-inclusive flat rate? What would that include (linens, tax, and gratuity)?

4.  How involved is the wedding caterer in a typical reception?

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5.  Will the wedding caterer provide tables, chairs, plates, table linens, silverware, salt-and-pepper shakers, and more? Ask to see these items to make sure they’re acceptable. Do you have to rent tables, place settings, or other equipment? Or will they arrange for the rentals? If not, find wedding rentals in your area.

6.  Who is the main contact? Will the same person you work with when planning also oversee meal service on the day of the wedding? (You want this to be the case.) You don’t want all your hard work to be pushed off to someone else who has no clue.

7.  Will the wedding caterer provide wait staff? How many would they recommend for the size of your wedding? What will the waitstaff wear? (Top caterers say they always use their own serving personnel, even if the site’s staff is available, because they understand the caterer’s way of doing business.)

8.  Where will the food be prepared? Are there on-site facilities, or do you, the wedding caterer, and the site manager need to make additional arrangements? If the caterer must bring in his own equipment, is there an additional fee?

9.  Does the wedding caterer have a license? (This means her business has met health department standards and has liability insurance — make sure this includes a liquor license if you’re having a bar.)

10.  Can the wedding caterer provide alcohol? Or can you handle the bar separately? If you can provide it, is there a corkage fee? How and when will you get the alcohol to the caterer? If the caterer will provide it, do they have an flexible wine list, and can you make special requests? How is this list priced?

11.  How will the wedding caterer arrange the food on the buffet table or on plates? Can you see photos of previous work displays?

12.  Can you speak to previous clients? (Get at least two references that had a similar number of guests and a similar menu style.)

13.  Does the wedding caterer also do wedding cakes? Can you use an outside baker if you desire? Is there a cake-cutting fee?

14.  How does your wedding cater take payment? You should be able to make payments and have the bill paid for in full so many days prior to your wedding day along with a final count.

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Your Wedding Registry

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Your Wedding Registry

 

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There are a lot of choices to be made when deciding on items for your wedding registry and it can be overwhelming.

For the Kitchen

There are great items to put on your wedding registry for the kitchen. Especially if the married couple love to cook.

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Food Processor— A practical gift that will get tons of use–chopping vegetables, pureeing dates, making guacamole.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer–When we were registering I told my husband this was “too much” and no one would buy it for us. He said we should put it on our registry anyways. And he was right. I have been blessed with the cheery buttercup mixer to help me whip up cakes, cookies, pancakes, pizza dough, and everything in between.

Immersion Blender –Perfect for using in soup and bisque to create a creamy texture or mixing up a quick smoothie or humus.

George Foreman Grill–If you didn’t get one in college or in your bachelorette days, get one now! Ours has the removable grill plates and we use it at least once a week to make burgers, grilled sandwiches, and chicken all year-long!

For the Home

Another great area for your wedding registry.

High quality sheets–Register for one ridiculously expensive set of sheets and one nice, but not as pricey set. I love 450 plus thread count sheets. Anything less than that I have a hard time sleeping.

Board Games–It’s something you may not think about, but getting a couple of fun group and one on one games is a great idea! Then you will be all set for hosting game night at your place or a date night in! Some of our favorites are Sorry, Scrabble and Clue.

Soft throw–I’m a sucker for a warm blanket to curl up with while reading or watching movies. A big soft one is perfect for cuddling!

Something with Your New Initial–Whether a monogrammed door mat or beach towel or coffee cup or galvanized letter for your new gallery wall your new home needs something to represent your new life together!

For the Outdoors

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This is an area you would probably not think about for your wedding registry.

Camp chairs–No matter what you will probably want these–for extra seating at barbecues, baseball games, parades, maybe to sub in until you get your couch delivered.

Basic Gardening Supplies–Rake, snow shovel, gardening gloves, hand trowel, hose–not things you think about, but they will definitely come in handy!

Basic tool kit–If your husband to be (or you, let’s not be sexist here) doesn’t have a set of tools, get a basic one to start out with. Even if he has some tools, he may not have everything you need or random things like an Allen wrench to set up all your Ikea furniture.

Wreath for your Front Door–Nothing says “Welcome Home” like a beautiful wreath on your front door!

Your wedding registry will be the guide your friends and family use to help you start off your new married life together. Make your choices thoughtfully and with a wide variety of price points. Consider what you will actually use and what is a novelty. Remember you can always go back and edit your registry too!

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Wedding Hairstyles

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Wedding Hairstyles

Getting married is one of the most exciting times in your life, and choosing a wedding hairstyle can be overwhelming and confusing. Your wedding hairstyle can make or break a stunning bridal look, and it is important to have the right advice when choosing a wedding hairstyle.

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  1. Choose Your Wedding Dress First – Your wedding dress must be the deciding factor for everything else around it; the wedding hairstyle, the accessories, the flowers, the bridesmaids dresses, everything. Don’t rush off and make your stylist commit to a single wedding hairstyle.
  1. Be Realistic – If you have very fine hair, or very short hair, deal with the fact that there are limitations with the texture of your hair. If you have loads of curls, don’t try and convince – yourself that a sleek, skinny hair style is what is going to work for you. Find a few styles you like and take them with your to your next hair appointment
  1. Be Prepared to Be Flexible – A good hairdresser who specializes in wedding hairstyles will be able to discuss all the options with you, taking your dress into account, your hair texture, whether you are wearing a veil or not, and if you plan to wear flowers or anything in your hair.
  1. Keep It Real – Your wedding day is an extremely special day and doesn’t mean that you have to beat your hair into submission to be something it is not. Be yourself and be comfortable with your wedding hairstyle.

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  1. Book a Trial – This point is very important when it comes to your wedding day, just because your stylist is a wedding specialist, doesn’t mean they do wedding hairstyles that you will like. Book a trial appointment and get an try all types of wedding hairstyles until you find the style that is perfect for you on your wedding day.
  1. The Veil – So the thought of you wearing a veil makes you feel rather faint, but sometimes the veil just makes it all come together. Wearing a veil is a very personal issue and these days have more of a style statement and less of a religious one. There may be some requirements from certain churches and religions, but again that is completely a personal matter.
  1. Short Hair – Wedding hairstyles conjure up images of long, wavy locks with pearls and diamonds or swept up sleek, classical looks. But many Brides these days are doing away with tradition and keeping their hair short for the occasion, and although styles are somewhat limited with short hair, it can make for a really dramatic entrance.

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Wedding hairstyles are a very important part of the bride’s look. It is most important that it reflects the bride’s personality and flair. Find a good wedding hairstylist who will work with you in the months coming up to your wedding and tailor make a wedding hairstyle that is perfect for you and that you LOVE!!!

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Sit Down Dinner Wedding Reception

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Sit Down Dinner Wedding Reception

What is a sit-down dinner wedding reception? Well it consists of several plated courses served to your seated wedding guests. You select from a first course, perhaps a soup, salad, entree, perhaps an intermezzo, and each course is brought to your guests’ tables, with friendly, experienced wedding servers bringing guests the entrees they desire.

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Can I afford a sit down dinner wedding reception?

Draw up a budget. It is most important that you know exactly how much money you’re working with, as well as how much of your wedding budget you can designate to a sit-down dinner. This budget is not just for the sit down dinner wedding reception.

Figure out how many guests you can invite. A sit-down dinner wedding reception can cost anywhere from $30 to $150 per person. If you’re inviting over 200 people, you may want to stick to the lower end of the spectrum, but if you’re only inviting 50 people, you may be able to spend a bit more.

Decide how many courses you want. In most cases, the more courses you have, the more expensive the meal is going to be. Cut courses to save on cost.

Do your research. Before you go anywhere, look up caterers you are interested in online and see if you can get a quote. If you cannot get a quote online, make appointments with different caterers. Be honest about your budget. If the caterer is out of your price range, it’s better to know early. Similarly, if the caterer knows your budget, he or she may be more likely to work with you on cutting costs. Go to tastings to find your perfect caterer.

Plan the menu. Once you decide what caterer to use, you will need to finalize what food to serve at the sit down dinner wedding reception. See if the caterer will give you any discounts if you order certain foods to be served. For instance, chicken is usually cheaper than seafood.

Save money for the bar costs. If you are doing an open bar, you will probably have to play a flat fee (usually about $10 per person) for alcohol. Even if you are having a cash bar, you will have to pay for the bartenders. Bottles of champagne are usually extra, so keep that in mind if you plan on doing a champagne toast.

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Your Wedding Cake

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Wedding Cake

Choosing your wedding cake and wedding cake topper for your special day can, at first, seem like a major problem for someone who has no idea where to start in the process.

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Consider whether or not you have to adhere to a budget. If you do have to consider keeping in the confines of a monetary limit, set that amount firmly in your thoughts and proceed from there. If not, then you will be more likely to find something that is uniquely made and special, just for you.

Try and anticipate just exactly how many this confection has to serve. The bigger the number of guests, the bigger the cake will need to be. Assume that everyone you have invited has responded positively and will, indeed, be coming to the reception.

See if anyone you know has any recommendations for any bakery that has served them successfully. Look at the various wedding cake toppers to pick the one that you like best. If not, see if there are any bridal shows being held in your area (many take place in the first month or so of the year) where you can go and see examples of what local specialty bakeries have to offer.

Many of them will have portfolios featuring pictures of their past wedding cake creations to give you a better idea of what they are capable of producing. If you see anything that particularly impresses you, be sure you get one of their business cards so you can make an appointment to meet with them and discuss your needs at a later time.

Make an appointment with the one or two bakeries where you would like to have a cake tasting. At this tasting the bakery will offer you and any who accompany you, several different examples of the flavors of cakes and fillings that they can offer you.

Try to have an idea of what you might prefer. These bakeries have a good idea of how big a wedding cake will be needed to serve the number of guests you are expecting.

Discuss what kind of wedding cake you would like to have as well as the wedding cake topper that will look best with it. This includes the shape of the cake, what kinds of colors or special decorations you would like to see.

If you have a preference for wedding cake topper (like a ceramic or porcelain piece or using fresh flowers that reflect those used for the bridal bouquet or other decorations), now is the time to discuss them. Depending on the ingredients used, the amount of labor that goes into the production, size and the use of non-edible decorations like hanging Austrian crystals, all will affect the cost of the cake. It is not unusual for a relatively modest cake to start at $500, with costs going up to $1500 and over for larger creations.

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Your Wedding Reception

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Planning Your Wedding Reception

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Planning your wedding reception can take a lot of effort and it all begins with deciding on the location of the reception and the type of reception. Fear not, it’s a fairly methodical process provided you’re aware of which things need to be covered and you can have a lot of fun with it too.

Set the date for your wedding before you actually start looking for locations for the reception. Keep in mind that many sites are booked a year or even two in advance, so you may need to fine tune the date dependent on the availability of your desired reception location, or be ready to change to a different reception venue.

Set down your budget. When you go to rent your wedding reception location, you’ll have to give a rounded figure of approximately how many quests you’re likely to have. Therefore, an important part of any planning of the wedding reception involves pruning down your reception list; this will also bring about an estimation of the costs per head, according to the size of the room and your requirements too.

Decide on the type of reception you’d like to have. Nowadays the two main types of reception are sit-down meal or a cocktail wedding reception, but other variants such as picnics, a simple cake-cutting, or a beach reception might also appeal.

Consider whether or not you’ll have a receiving line. On the positive side, this can provide an opportunity to greet all guests and allows everyone to feel they’ve had the chance to congratulate you. On the downside, it can take a lot of time and it can begin to feel tiring for those in it. Some guests may also detest the formality of this and having to wait in line. Having divorced parents can also make this an awkward decision for some.

Decide when to have the wedding toasts and plan to keep them short. While these are both traditional and wonderful, they’re a pain when they’re too long, or just plain dull. Make the toasts during or between dinner courses, with two or three people speaking each time.

Decide when dancing will occur at the wedding reception. Nowadays most weddings tend to leave the dancing until all courses are finished rather than having dances between courses. Besides your special song, be sure to have songs people will really want to dance to, not strange songs that only suit the taste of a few. 

Organize the photography of the wedding reception. You will want your wedding reception photos as much as the ceremony photos. Organize pictures with family and friends, in special groups or at certain tables. Do you want guests to take photos too? They could each be asked to email digital photos of the evening that they’ve taken; give them a central wedding photo email set up just for this purpose.

Consider whether you wish to have any other ceremonial aspects. For example, garter belt removal tradition in front of the guests. And you might wish to throw the bouquet at your wedding reception, as per tradition.

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