Post # 1
So I’m curious of those planning, do you ever feel like the wedding turns into it’s own animal and slowly morphs into something else?
I guess I’m struggling with the whole reception idea, I don’t know how to make it ‘us’. I guess my question to everyone is how do you get YOU into the reception? (without going crazy on decorations and spending, etc). How do you go about putting a personal touch on something more classy and elegant, or do you? Just show up as yourselves and live the fancier life for a day?
Post # 3
I think you need to have fun and not worry about the details. At weddings, guests focus on the couple and if they are having fun, the guests will have fun too.
Post # 4
There’s quite a lot of ways in which you can incorporate personal details without going crazy – like designing place cards with pictures of things you like or choosing background music that means something to you.
I’m currently struggling with the details as well!
Post # 5
Well, Fiance doesn’t like to dance, so we cut that. Neither of us cares to eat in front of everyone (I spill a lot and Fiance has a nervous tummy) so we cut that. We want champagne and cake, and talking. So that’s what it is.
We did decide to go with a scuba diving cake like this one, to give more personality.
I definitely suggest joining pint rest, it is free and great for fun ideas
Post # 6
We’re doing alot of lighting, and our colors really respresent us. Fi LOVES black, and I love pink [we went with fuschia/hot pink, kind of mix & match with those], and ivory to pull everything together. Lots of pink lighting & under lighting. Nobody will be able to enter our reception and NOT see us.
We’re also adding in our favorite things [fortune cookies on the candy buffet because I LOVE them!, different types of wedding cake – we’ll have a bunch of smaller ones, probably 8 or so, with different flavors fi & i love].
Post # 7
You could do simple touches like your music, which is a very clear “you” thing, usually.
If you have pets, put them in there somehow, pictures of them on your place cards, or favors.
Flip flop girl? Give those out as favors for people to get more comfortable.
Have a signature drink? Favorite beer? Catch phrase? Feature it!
Pony tails your thing? Put hair things in a basket for the ladies who want to shake their groove thing without looking a hot mess…as a sort of favor thing–similar to the flip flops idea
What are YOU like? When people say “I saw this and thought of you…” What did they see? Find your ‘You Clues’ and use em!
Post # 8
We did pink and white decorations–def not us, but that’s what we did. We also did place cards for the head table and we didn’t want to kiss by clinking glasses so I wrote a poem for all the tables on what they had to do in order to get us to kiss. Bridesmaid or Best Man and Maid/Matron of Honor also put a personal touch on the reception when they do their speeches.
There are things during the reception that happen to make your reception you. You like all the decoratins you are putting up. Maybe get a banner made for the table that says Mr. and Mrs. or something.
Post # 9
@babbot: I know what you mean. I am having trouble connecting things together for our reception. I love our wedding colors but have no idea how to make it all flow. I think if you aren’t careful weddings do take on a life of their own. At this point, I don’t feel like anything is personalized with our personality except maybe the color scheme. I am glad I still have time to tweak the details! 🙂 Good luck with your planning!
Post # 10
Funny how an old thread can suddenly be broughtback to life after a while 🙂 thanks bees…it’s going much better now that we have been talking about music and setting up the tables and centerpieces and picking out what we’ll have as the guest book…so it’s feeling better. I still think some of the traditions are silly, so we’re omitting those. We’re having bbq for dinner and cupcakes instead of cake and if people dont like it, they dont have to eat 🙂
Post # 11
Just make it fun and not so stuffy! Add some personality to the wedding. IE: Our table names are Star Wars themed because my fiance loves Starwars…fun things like that make a reception more fun and more “you”