(Closed) share your *special touches* for wedding receptions

posted 8 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
2588 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

We’re using an antique typewriter (circa 1920s) for a guest book and are putting our grandparents’ wedding photos (from the 40s) next to it (we’re going vintage-themed). Also, we’re decorating matchboxes with pictures of old celebrities from the 40s, vintage ads, etc. and are using vintage tins as centerpieces.

Post # 4
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

-I made trivia cards that have generic wedding questions and some have questions that are about my Fiance and I.

-We are have signature drinks.. something old (martini), something new (ras. Cosmo), something borrowed (long island iced tea), something blue (blue mojito).

-I have anniversary cards for people to sign that we will open on the respective anniversaries down the road.

– bouquet toss that separates into 3 or 4 separate bouquets in the air. 

– Surprise toasts for those people who are comfortable speaking in front of people and are quick witted; we are surprising them and putting them on the spot to give a toast. 

– Coffee bar with cremes and liquors

-Grooms cake is a landrover (he loves old landrovers) with our dog driving! 

– I turned my mother’s wedding dress into a shorter reception dress. We have a frame with a picture of her in it and then a picture of me next to it in the re-done dress.

– My grandmother passed about a month ago so we have a shadow box with pictures, napkins, and announcements from her wedding that she had kept for 60 years. 

Post # 5
762 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Keeping my fingers crossed, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to have all of these! πŸ™‚

*DIY Photobooth…I’m wanting our guests to take as many crazy photos as possible so I can put them in our… (which brings me to my next thing)

*Scrapbook-Guest Book…I don’t want a traditional one that won’t ever get looked at. There will be cards on each table that people will fill out with their name, where they’re from, and a comments section.

*DIY Decorations…I’m doing as many as these as possible, not only to save money but to make it all more personal

*Cake Topper…a Barbie doll (Barbie has always been my nickname and it helps that FI’s name is Ken LOL)

*Grooms Cake…Since Fiance is a firefighter as well, it will be a replica of his favourite Fire Truck from his Fire hall. It will have a ladder extending to the top of our cake where either Barbie (me) will be sitting waiting for Ken (FI) while he’ll be climbing up or we will both be up on our cake with him hold me in his arms πŸ™‚ 

Those are just a few that I can think of right now! πŸ™‚

Post # 6
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@Allyser: Rockin’ idea with the bouquet!  No one will see that coming.

Post # 7
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

haha i am going to turn around as fast as i can to see their expressions! 

Post # 8
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Lots of great ideas ladies. 

My first touch is that I am a southern New Orleans girl here are we are doing a second line (watch attached video if you have no idea) from our ceremony around the block to our reception.  We are having hankies custom made for our guests to use for this. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVrToJNZn1o&feature=related  not the best video but youtube really doesnt have any good videos to give you an idea.  Most of these are in the streets. 

The grooms cake is going to be a football field with blades of grass because he has his degree in turf lawn mang. and he has worked on many ball fields.  It will have a Saints helmet and a Lions helmet and say house divided. 

We are going to have pics of use through out the venue. 

We will have a slide show going…if we can pull this off! 

We want to also have a photo booth.  And we are going to have wedding pics from all of the married couples in our family for years. 

Post # 9
648 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Before we decided to do just a dinner, we were going to have guests request their fave love songs (instead of meal choice) on the RSVPs. Then play them along with our faves at the reception.

We are still getting two candle holders (one for his dad and one for my grandfather) that say “In memory… of a life so beautifully lived… a heart so deeply loved.” We are putting them on the table with our guestbook, which will either be a pizza stone that everyone can sign or a leather bound photo album with quotes on each page, and my bouquet.

Post # 10
177 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Allyser: I am SO in love with your signature drinks! That’s way adorable!

Post # 11
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

We had:

  • Homemade vanilla in little glass bottles as favors set out at each place setting
  • A photo album, gifted to us at the rehearsal dinner by our parents, containing wedding photos from all our grandparents and parents, complete with an empty spot at the end for our own wedding portrait
  • Our guest book was a photobook of a bunch of our engagement photos, set with quotes about love and marriage
  • Beer brewed by friends of ours, multi-award-winning wine from our venue, high quality liquors at the open bar
  • Raspberry gelato from the best and one of the most beloved gelato shops in our extended neighborhood, to complement the raspberry filling in our cake
  • Pimped out bathroom basket
  • Presentation of our same-day edit wedding video from Elysium Productions – I think that really knocked people’s socks off!
  • Sparklers exit to our vintage white Rolls Royce πŸ™‚
  • Table signs with names and photos of places that have been meaningful to us
  • Escort cards mounted in wine corks (we got married at a winery) tied together with a little ribbon, and a tidbit on the back of the escort card explaining why the particular place had been meaningful to us
  • One of those beautiful signs from etsy with our names and wedding date on it
  • Photobooth!
  • Mrs. D’orsay’s cut glass wine bottles set out on our glass-top wine barrel “cocktail tables” – filled with wine corks collected by my best friend bridesmaid and my Mother-In-Law
  • My grandmother’s collection of mason jars, used for decades for preserving food, set out with tea lights

There was probably more but that’s what I can think of now!

Post # 12
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are using family photos as centerpieces (ala Martha Stewart).

Favors are FI’s homemade chile powder (he’s a chef) in bequtiful spice jars and my  homemade soap in beautiful wrapping.

The signature drink will be a very famous drink in New Mexico (where my Fiance and I live, but none of our family)

FIs aunt if making the guestbook.  It won’t be my style, but it will be made with love BY SOMEONE ELSE (whichI love at this point)

Two photographers at our 50 person reception, with instructions to concentrate on guest photos.  While a photobooth wasn’t in the budget, I think this will work nicely.

A kid area, with dress up clothes, crayons, movies and enough princess crap to please every 5 year old girl there (we’ll have we’ll have between 7-10 kids there, and they are all girls).

Post # 13
689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

This is a cute threat and you all have some great ideas! I love the break away bouquet and “something old…” signature drinks.


We are having a photobooth

“Keep Dancing” basket w/ flip flops

We plan to have a “cocktail” lounge area for guests to relax in

We plan to use photos of us as table numbers.  “Us at 1” for table one

making our own wine to give out in our Out of Town bags

I am going to dye my crinoline blue to match our wedding colors





Post # 14
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Statutory Grape: I swear our weddings are going to be identical! Lol. I can’t wait to see how they all turn out!

Our special touches:

– activity bags for the children (take it from a mama bee, they would be a godsend!)

– vintage photobooth wall with pictures from our grandparents wedding days on the wall as well (my grandpa just passed away this month so that will be 1 nice way to incorporate him)

– brooch bouquet for me

– vintage tins/pop bottles/mason jars for centerpieces

– bathroom basket (<3 these too!)

– typewriter on the guestbook table but our actual guestbook will be a wedding wish tree (assuming i can find the damn branches!)

– vintage photo frames with table #s and guest names in them hanging on the wall

– (hopefully) chandelier above us at our outdoor ceremony

– me sitting in a chair for the ceremony (my hubby to be is in a wheelchair) and then for our first kiss, standing up, adjusting my dress, and sitting on his lap. i think itll be cute & kinda unexpected πŸ™‚

Post # 15
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I love the idea of the breakaway bouquet. I may have to take that! Since I am the first one of my friends to get married πŸ™‚

I also love the idea of the table number being the two of us at different ages. πŸ™‚

What we have planned at this point:

Bathroom Basket

either me wearing my mothers dress or placing it on our guest table book. Which then we are also going to pictures of my dad and mom’s wedding, my grandparents weddings, great grandparents weddings and then his side- parents, grandparents, great grandparents. πŸ™‚

We are also going to have non-flower centerpieces

A child bag for every kid under the age of 10-12. With toys and coloring books. That or having a hotel room right down the street with a paid babysitter or two so that parents can enjoy themselves. and then at the hotel they will have baggies with each childs name on them with some games and such in them

Jones sodas as favors/name cards.

A creative guest book

His grooms cake is going to be shaped like an xBox 360 because he is my gamer πŸ™‚ Will probably also try to incorporate his COD addiction!

Baggies with candy in them.

and thats all we have right now. But I am also thinking about having one of my bridesmaids sing one of our songs πŸ™‚

Post # 16
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hmm…  Not sure which were “special,” but we had:

  1. DIY fauxtobooth with lots of silly props.
  2. Cake table was framed by the chuppah (wedding canopy) we used at the ceremony.
  3. Our ketubah (Jewish wedding contract) was displayed at the reception.
  4. NotFroofy made the cake.  It had a traditional Welsh love spoon as the topper.
  5. Guestbook made by a friend who is a professional bookbinder.
  6. Live music by a talented local musician.
  7. First dance was a swing dance.
  8. Dancing shoes basket with Chinese cotton Mary Janes as well as flip flops.
  9. Signature drink was frozen strawberry mimosas, using a recipe we developed (and taste-tested) ourselves.
  10. We had 127 paper lanterns strung from monofilament line, so it looked like they were floating in the air.

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