(Closed) How can I get people into a masquerade reception

posted 7 years ago in Reception
Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was trying to find the scene from Sweeny Todd but this is the same idea… tell them something like “wear a masque and we’ll have lots of fun like this!”

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Corilee13: not at all… semi formal sounds good… but specify’ no jeans please’ on your website if you want it dressier than not =) Masks are super expensive but you can buy the cheaper ones in bulk around holidays… or when Halloween if over head out to get a discount on some nicer ones! I don’t know what your budgets like but the 3 masks I have were each about $20 

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Corilee13: as a guest I’d love it! I don’t see anything wrong with spending a little more on something you care about (I did the same thing with my dress lol) I think you found a great deal and I think your guests will have a lot of fun! YAY!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think you will have to provide the masks for people, to achieve the look you’re going for. I really wanted to do a masquerade ball theme but FI wasn’t it so I changed it. But I had planned on having a pretty mask for each guest, maybe that could double as a wedding favor (maybe you could write your names and wedding date on the inside of the mask in with a pretty metallic marker or something?)

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Corilee13: I think that sounds good =) and wow $200 for your dress! Thats awesome!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’m doing a masquerade theme, too.  Check my profile for some of the threads I’ve started on the subject!

We, too, are going to give out masks.  A surprising number of people have said they have one they want to wear, but we know plenty of people will come without them.  I’m going to try to make all 100+ to try and keep prices down.  It’s going to be a lot of work, but I’m crafty and know I can make some good ones.

We are going to write “black tie optional” on the invitations.  We’re also making sure that everything else we send out – invitations, STDs, etc. – are done in a very formal fashion so that people get the idea that this is not a jeans sort of thing.

I’ve also just been pleasantly surprised by how many people are really excited by the idea.  FI and I knew our friends would be pretty psyched about it, but we didn’t think our extended families would really get it…  But yesterday, at his family reunion, his mom told a bunch of people about the theme, and they all think it sounds very special and exciting.  So more people might be into your theme than you realize!

I’m so excited to have another masquerade bride on these boards.  😀

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

FI’s family is very country, too.  His grandparents own a ranch.  His grandma, though, was practically jumping up and down with excitement when she heard the theme!  I think they can definitely get into it because it’s special.  A masquerade ball is something that everyone has heard of before, and it’s been romanticized through literature.  It’s something that most people associate with centuries past and romantic stuff, so it’s really easy for them to make the leap from wedding to masquerade.  In some ways, I think, a masquerade ball wedding might be easier to get the families into than something very modern and untraditional, like some of the weddings I’ve seen here.

Post # 16
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Helper bee

My daughters wedding is a masquerade/Phantom of the Opera theme.  The ceremony is in the theatre and the reception is in the main lobby.  They get to enter down a flight of stairs to the song ‘masquerade’ with their masks!  We bought very inexpensive black masks for each guest which will be at each place setting that they can wear if they like.  Some people are really into it and others will be uncomfortable so this will allow them to decide what’s comfortable for them.

Good luck!

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