Reception Ideas to Wow your guests
It goes without saying that you will remember your wedding day for the rest of your life, but it’s often the smallest and unexpected details that will make your day most memorable. Over time we have seen many unique wedding ideas that will transform your day from being a great wedding to being the most talked about and unforgettable wedding day for you and your guests.
Simple straightforward ideas are often the best but can subtly change the way a wedding works, as an example:
We find that if we change the seating style from formal straight rows and have the chairs set in a circular pattern around you the wedding couple, it can not only make you more visible to all the guests but make everyone feel more included, and the whole ceremony more intimate – this is a perfect choice for a smaller wedding. Traditionally, seating for the ceremony was based on whether you knew the bride or the groom, but nowadays, especially for gay friendly weddings the bride or groom reference makes no sense so we love the quote “Choose a seat not a side, We’re all family once the knot is tied” – this works a treat, and saves you endless hours trying to decide on a guest to sit next to Great Aunt Maud!
Breaking with tradition
As a gay friendly wedding venue we understand the stress of the wedding party. Traditionally the bride would have a party of females, and the groom all males. All that actually matters is that your party should consist of the people closest to you that have supported you and watched your relationship bloom. This could mean a shared wedding party, with the best man (or women) giving both of you your rings. Just remember there are no rules… it’s your day and it’s your way!
Personalised Please Don’t Take My Drink, I’m Dancing Coasters
These are a fun way of making sure drinks are not cleared from the tables while your guests are strutting their stuff on the dance floor – and they also serve a dual purpose as they can also be used as the “take it home with you” wedding favour.
Glitter and fabulous candlelight
There are countless ways you can introduce fabulous candlelight and glitter that will add ambience and sparkle to your reception. Take a simple glass vase and cover it in glitter this makes for a fabulous centrepiece, and it’s cost effective as you can easily do it yourself. Candles on mirrors create a huge impact by simply creating a reflection that will wow your guests as you instantly feel like there is more of what is beautiful. Many couples use this idea as a centrepiece, but why not line your aisle with mirrors and candlelight – the candles will light your way. Simply put your candles into a tall vase for safety and you have a truly wonderful entrance!
Other ideas that work well for every couple are the keepsakes that can be cherished long after the day is over.
Get a newspaper
Take a picture of your wedding rings with the newspaper from the day of your wedding as a keepsake. It will be a beautiful reminder of what else was happening on the day you married (because let’s face it you’ll be in your very own bubble on the actual day!)
A Wedding Piñata
It’s a lovely idea to get your guests to write you a note for your first anniversary and use these to fill your very own piñata to open a year on from your big day. We love this idea as it serves as a great guest book, but also doubles as a fun thing to do (with or without guests) on your first anniversary.
A wedding canvas
This is a great idea for outside in the gardens. It’s very original and random but good fun. Fill balloons with paint, attach them to a canvas, give your guests some darts and get them to try and burst the balloons to create a spectacular painting!
Because we are a gay friendly wedding venue, we truly believe that you should marry the person you love, and your day should be filled with all the things that reflect your love for each other and your personalities. So if you have some ideas for your wedding day, no matter how flamboyant – try us out. View our gallery to see what we can offer as we’d be delighted to be the backdrop for your perfect day.