7 Reception Splurges That Are Totally Worth It!


Wedding dress, suit and tie, florist, caterer, rentals, dj or band -- check, you've got the basics covered! But there are plenty of different ways to spend your budget. In case you don't want any detail to go unnoticed, check out these must-have ideas that will have serious "wow" impact on your guests: 

1. Comfy Lounge - Not everyone likes to dance, so create a home away from home away outside the tunes complete with couches, chairs, pillows, blankets, and maybe, a fire. 

Photo: Ryan Ray 

2. Beverage/Bar Display - Nothing's sweeter than a signature drink at your designated dressed up station. 

Photo: onelove photography

3. Late Night Snacks - Just when you though hors' doeuvres and dinner were enough. Think again. Order in your favorite local fares, so no tummies are left hungry. 

Photo: Emily Steffen Photography

4. Mood Lighting - Give your venue space a little (or a lot) of romantic ambiance with string lights, lanterns, or candles. 

Photo: Abby Rose

5. Unique Tablescape - It's all about personal touches that define you as a couple. Examples: Use grandma's vintage china, incorporporate photos of each guest as their place cards,  or have fun facts on napkins. 

Photo: Nine Photography

6. Special Entertainment - Now, this doesn't mean merely a DJ or band. Consider adding extras like a Mexican mariachi band, Irish riverdancers, celebrity impersonators, and magicians or face painters for the kids. 

Photo: Julie Saad Photography

7. Photo Booth Backdrop - This double-duty concept works wonders. Not only will guests pose with props at least once during the night but also will be able to take home their snapshots as favors. Bonus: It's great for mingling! 

Photo: June Lion 


Last Updated: June 27, 2014 at 5:20 pm
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