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Your wedding day should be the best day of your life, and most of us hope that we’ll only have one wedding day in our lives! So an increasing number of brides and grooms to be are seeking out unique wedding reception ideas to make their big day extra special and memorable for their guests. There are literally hundreds of ways you can make your wedding reception stand out from the crowd, but there are several key areas to focus on:

Theme

Develop a theme that will run right through your wedding, from the invites to the big day itself. Choose something meaningful to you both. For example, if he proposed in Las Vegas, then you could go with a Vegas casino theme, with roulette tables and cabaret for entertainment! 

Venue

Once you know what your wedding theme is, then you can choose an appropriate venue that can cater to your ideas. If you’ve chosen a masquerade ball theme for your wedding reception, then this will work better in a stately home, whereas a shabby chic, the secret garden theme would work quite well in a barn provided the weather was on your side!

Decor/Lighting

Find out from the venue how far in advance you can go in and decorate the room so that you can plan what you’ll need to buy or make decorations-wise. For example, the use of traditional wall lighting such as gothic torch lamps can enhance a medieval theme, especially if your reception venue is a castle!

Food

It’s a nice touch to incorporate your wedding theme into the food that you serve to guests too. If you’re doing a medieval wedding at a castle, then why not serve a hog roast? Match the wedding favors to the theme as well. If you’ve chosen a Las Vegas casino theme, then you could hand out personalized packs of cards and mini slot machine candy dispensers to your guests! 

Entertainment

Again keep it within your theme to really pull the whole day together. For a wedding with a Las Vegas theme, you could set up a mini-casino with roulette and blackjack tables or a burlesque cabaret act! If you’ve gone with a medieval theme, you could have a medieval-themed band playing your favorite songs on lutes whilst the meal is served and a jester to entertain your guests later on! 

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Cinema and Video: Morning Light Film Co.//Dress Store:Beloved Brides//Cake Designer: Cooper and Lu GF Baking//Other: Rose and Lois//Hair Stylist: Annissa Verhey – Hairstylist//Makeup Artist: Makeup by Summer//Invitation Designer: Pickle Prints Custom Paper Creations//Etsy Designer:Chival Jewelry//Equipment Rentals: Violet Vintage Rentals//Equipment Rentals: A Classic Party Rental//Floral Designer: Satin and Stems//Apparel:Sophia’s Bridal, Tux and Prom//Caterer: Fowler House Kitchen//Ceremony Location: Fowler House Mansion//Photographer: Heather Sherrill Photography//