wedding reception

  • Reception Lounge Ideas


    Your wedding day is the beginning of a lifetime of love and fun, so why not use the same theme in your wedding’s design. By including unique styles and designs in your wedding reception, you will be able to make sure that you, your family, and friends can all enjoy the big day! One modern way of adding a unique style to your wedding reception is by having a lounge. This is ideal when you are planning on having a cocktail reception or cocktail hour before dinner. We have put together a few reception lounge ideas that we love for your wedding inspiration!


    You can put together your reception lounge based on the wedding style and theme. If you have chosen an elegant and sophisticated theme, the choice of furniture and materials may reflect that polished look. If you are looking at hosting a more casual wedding, then using rustic furniture and materials as well as choices of styling may be inspired accordingly. We have considered all these factors when we found these great reception lounge ideas and inspirations for your wedding day!


    Elegant Reception Lounge Ideas


    Reception Lounge Ideas Outdoor Canopy Sheer Curtains Chandelier Lighting


    Reception Lounge Ideas Outdoor Canopy Sheer Curtains


    We love the idea of setting a canopy with sheer curtains for that romantic feel. The above reception lounge exudes class and sophistication with its white ambience matched with soft coloured wood. The pattern on the inside of the canopy, the white sheer curtains, and the chandelier accessory creates a beautiful and soft look that is ideal! By having warm white bulbs used for the chandelier, you can match it to the candlelit effect from the candles on the lounge tables!


    Reception Lounge Ideas Modern Style


    We love the above for its modern appeal and choice of styling with pops of colour!


    Casual Lounge Reception Ideas


    Reception Lounge Ideas Bales of Hay


    This outdoor lounge area is fun and cost effective, as you will only require bales of hay, blankets, throw pillows, poles, and lighting to put it together. Ideal for an outdoor wedding on a clear day, it can be perfectly timed for the sunset. However, it is important that the candles come with covers so that the hay does not catch on fire! Putting safety first is important to ensure a fun time!


    Reception Lounge Ideas Bales of Hay Barn


    Elegant Garden Lounge Ideas


    Reception Lounge Ideas Outdoor


    Reception Lounge Ideas Outdoor Mismatched Furniture


    If you are hosting your wedding reception in a large garden that is dotted with trees, the above look is perfect! Choose elegant French style chairs under trees with hanging candle votives for a romantic feel. By mismatching the chairs, you can aim for a rustic elegant style. Your choice of tables for staging the lounge area is also an important factor to tie everything into the wedding style. The following include some vintage to rustic table styles that are ideal!


    Accessorising your Lounge Reception


    Reception Lounge Ideas wooden spool Tables


    You can pair wooden spools with bales of hay for a rustic lounge reception. Even a table made out of wooden shipping palettes would be ideal too!


    Reception Lounge Ideas Suitcase Tables


    Reception Lounge Ideas Elegant Vintage Style


    Accessorise your lounge with vintage suitcases for an old world touch.


    Image Credits: Pinterest, Intimate Weddings



  • Your Wedding Catering Style with Cocktails and Canapés

    Many things go into ensuring your special day ends up being perfect. One such wedding planning aspect would be food and beverages, including choosing the right caterer and wedding catering style. There are many types of wedding catering styles to think of, one such being a cocktail wedding service with canapés. You need to think about the variety of food you are offering. Another item on the list would be how best your reception will be staged in terms of design and style to ensure all your guests are happy and content.

     

     

    DreamDay Invitations Canapes Only Wedding Reception

     

    To make things easier, we are looking into how wedding cocktails and canapés would be the best choice of catering for your wedding. We have decided to evaluate it according to the variety of food, cost, logistics, timing, and satisfaction levels.

     

     

    Canapés are essentially bite-sized. If you are having a “Canapés Only” wedding and not following it up with either a lunch or a dinner meal, then you need to follow a few rules. You need to make sure that there at least 12-15 pieces per person and balance them across meat, fish, and vegetarian canapé options. You can add a variety of hot/cold and savoury/sweet canapé choices, and a few canapés that are filling. Picking the final canapés menu may be a bit tough, and it is a good idea to request your guests’ choice of food between meat, fish, and vegetarian. This is in order to understand how your menu should be set according to the number of invitees.

     

    DreamDay Invitations Cocktail Wedding Reception Canapes

     

    Whilst serving small food sizes can keep your food costs down, it depends on the package you are choosing too. That is, per piece or person. If you are having an intimate wedding, then choosing a package that is based on per person pricing is ideal. If you were planning a canapés only meal not followed by lunch or dinner, then per-piece pricing would be best suited in such a scenario. The cost of your canapés may also depend on the choice of ingredients; therefore consider these before setting your catering package.

     

     

    There is a good chance you may have accounted for canapés based on a certain amount per person. However, you need to be realistic and understand that it may not always be executed in this way. While you have estimated a certain number of canapés per person, there is no way of guaranteeing that it will be done so accordingly. It all depends on circulation, the number of waiters you have hired for the reception and more.

     

     

    DreamDay Invitations Wedding Catering Style Cocktails and Canapes Reception

     

    However, because a cocktail wedding reception is flexible and not limited by time, you can choose how the canapés are served. You can choose to circulate the plates all at once, or over the course of a few hours. However, if the canapés are “Roaming Canapés” there may be a good chance that not everyone will receive them.

     

    With more and more people tuning into great food related TV programmes and the internet offering you insight into food inspiration, couples are better informed. If you are a foodie, you may have an idea of the kind of food you would like to serve too. Therefore, consider make an informed decision whether a cocktail reception is the best choice for you.

     

    Image Credits : Barbados Weddings, Big Day Catering, Sarah Vivienne


  • Wedding Day - Reception Stationery Essentials

    Wedding planning usually involves many components that when put together makes for a great looking day. You almost always start with the wedding date, time and venue which will be included in the wedding invitations (then you will need to think about other things such as figuring out who to invite and more).

    DreamDay Invitations Australia Online Wedding Invitations Stationery

    If you've decided to have a destination wedding, the wedding invites need to be sent out as soon as possible. However, proper wedding etiquette allows a period between three to six months before the wedding day, allowing wedding invitees and guests to make arrangements such as accommodation and travel. Often,  the bride and groom will contact hotels,  inns or motels close to the wedding venue and request special rates or have rooms blocked out for your wedding guests to choose from. This information can be included in the wedding invite card too.

    Between figuring out your wedding invitations (and sending them out) to the day of the wedding, there are various things on the wedding planning checklist that needs to be accomplished. Things like figuring out what the bride and groom will wear are important being the stars of the show. It's also important to look into other details such as what the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the bridal retinue/party will wear. This includes their bouquets/boutonnieres, hairstyles and accessories too. That's not all. You have to also consider food and beverages, what type of setup you're going for and the dining style - buffet or sit down.  Accordingly you'll have various wedding stationery options to choose from.

    DreamDay Invitations Wedding Stationery Order of Service

    When it comes to wedding stationery, it acts as an informative tool to often direct your wedding guests as to where they need to go or what is available to them. You'll start with a wedding banner at the entrance to let your guests know they're at the right place, followed by arrows or flags that can be placed paving the way. There can be a place cards table for your guests to pick up theirs and place at the seat they choose. If you've decided where everyone will sit, then you can have yourself a seating chart, either alphabetical or according to the tables, and have the place cards set at each table.

    ​ Other items you may find at the table would include a souvenir menu card if you are opting for a sit down dinner, as well as a table number card and don't forget the  bomboniere tags/labels you may need when presenting your wedding guests with a small token of thanks. Speaking of thanks, you will also need to have ready thank you cards to thank your guests for attending your big day. These are just some of the wedding stationery essentials you may think to use. If you have any more ideas and suggestions, let us know! We'd love to hear from you. ​

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