Spice Up Your Wedding Reception

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I Am Pleased to Announce Mr. and Mrs. . . .

You don’t need a Pinterest binge to create an unforgettable experience.

Creating a unique wedding reception doesn’t stop once you’ve acquired your venue. Before you fall down the Pinterest board rabbit hole, check out the Atrium’s recommendations for exciting, yet realistic ways to elevate your wedding reception.

Statement wedding cakes

Aside from the dress, the wedding cake is arguably the centerpiece of any wedding reception. Not only does it hold a symbolic meaning, but it adds to the overall décor or theme of your reception. Cutting the cake is a tradition that will be captured in photographs and remembered for years to come.

A quick search of “unique wedding cakes” lends itself to an excess of webpages along the lines of “Top Wedding Cake Trends.” It’s important not to get too caught up in what’s trending now. Be sure to mesh trendy with classic, and of course, your personal style.

Your cake is a representation of you are and your partner, so finding a baker who takes the time to understand your vision is essential. Some popular cake styles that can easily be customized include:

  • Flowers and foliage
  • Brushed metallics or accents
  • Semi-naked
  • Variation of tier sizes
  • Subtle textures

Unique floral arrangements

Like the cake, floral arrangements are a given at almost any wedding. Flowers allow you to truly bring your theme to life. Incorporating unexpected details into your arrangements will make them stand out from any other wedding or event your guests have attended.

Arrangement placement throughout your venue can also assist in filling extra spaces or gaps in décor. Empty wall spaces allow you to create a living wall or flower backdrop for photos. Lush standing arrangements can fill walls or divide spaces. If you find that your guest list has grown out of control, table or hanging arrangements can save you precious square footage.

Passed appetizers

When it comes to food for the reception, passed appetizers is a must. Even if you are serving a plated meal, appetizers will hold your guests over until the meal is served. Appetizers can be chosen to fit your theme, ranging from elegantly dressed crostini’s to homestyle fried chicken and biscuit sliders. Don’t forget to offer options like hummus and cucumber bites to accommodate all your guests.

Appetizer displays like antipasto platters or oyster bars will add extra interest and serve as a gathering space. If you want to go above and beyond, adding an action station where the appetizers are prepared in front of guests, will leave a lasting memory for years to come!