(Closed) Encore bride/grooms: Tell us about your receptions!

posted 8 years ago in Encore
Post # 3
9117 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

Ours was small, by design, in a hotel that had been recently completely renovated.  It was very much our style.

I’ll post pics of the centerpieces when I get them & the flowers were amazing.  Everything exceeded my expectations–the food was amazing!  The flowers were so much more beautiful than I’d imagined, especially my bouquet, which just blew me away when I saw it.  We added some Swarovski sparklies.

I did wear a wedding gown, which was fun.  I loved it.

I never did see a mock up of the cake, it was 2 tiers & I wanted to incorporate another Swarovski sparkly & one of our colors, metallic pewter.  Again, I was floored at how well it turned out–exactly what I had envisioned.

We had the actual reception in the hotel’s restaurant facing the gorgeous glass elevator.

It was low key & upscale, exactly what we wanted & everyone kept saying how much they loved the food & decor, so I’m thinking it went well!

Post # 4
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had two receptions.  Immediately after the ceremony, we took our dozen guests out to the private dining room of a nearby Legal Sea Foods for lunch.  We had a lot of Legal Sea Foods gift cards, so we didn’t actually have to pay any cash at all for the reception.  And because we had so few guests, we were able to get meal choices like filet mignon or lobster, champagne, red and white wine, and any hard liquor our guests chose.  We all sat around one big table, and we really got a chance to talk to all our guests.  The only slight issue was my sister starting a whipped cream fight with my son.  (And no, neither of them had been drinking!)

Three days later, we had our at-home reception.  The place was a private club that was a converted warehouse.  However, we decorated it with 127 paper lanterns, uplighting, linens, centerpieces, etc., and it ended up looking very nice.  We showed the video of our ceremony.  We had a friend who was an acoustic guitarist who played for us, instead of having a band or a DJ.  There was a dance floor where we had our first dance, and many other people danced over the course of the evening.  We served heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, home made wedding cake, and a chocolate fountain.  A friend operated a DIY fauxtobooth, for which we provided a large collection of silly props.

Post # 5
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We are still trying to plan ours so I am hoping more people respond to this thread. I will post what I have so far and hopefully some of you bees can give me some ideas!

We are getting married on the beach a couple of hours before the actual reception. We ONLY want our immediate family there…his kids, parents, siblings and their kids…my kids and grandkids, my sis and her SO and little boy. We will have a total of 27 people at the actualy wedding.

For the reception, it is being held in a clubhouse right on the beach. It will hold 70 people according to fire code and will “seat” 50 – 60 people comfortably. It has a good selection of round tables for 8, small 4-top tables and rectangle tables for 8. Still working on the set-up as to what tables we will use, where we will place them, etc.

My centerpieces will be DIY…I am putting sand, seashells and candles in oversized vases and sitting them on either palm fronds or banana leaves…something we have an abundance of here.

I know I want to hang some sort of “beachy” lines…seashells, paper lapshades with shells on them, etc…just not sure what yet.

My BIG stickler point is the food. NO IDEA what to serve! We thought about seafood but are going back and forth with a few other ideas. I like the heavy hors d’oveures idea just not sure what exactly we would serve to keep with the beach theme.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated!

Post # 6
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My Fiance is an encore groom and we are planning a backyard wedding for about 50 guests. His home has a lake in the back so we plan to have the guests facing the lake. Our theme is tropical (a nod to our weather-cancelled plans to get married in Jamaica). Our color is marine blue with tropical flowers.

Our reception will be in the backyard as well underneath a tent. I plan to make the centerpieces myself and I am still torn between doing large silver mint julep cups or blue mason jars (I will be lining the aisle with tropical colored flowers in mason jars hanging from shepherds hooks).

The cocktail hour will have more seafood while the actual dinner will be classic Charleston soul food.

My inspiration board:

Post # 7
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

We are going to Vegas and having a wonderful dinner with 15 or so guests that will make it to be with us. His family wants to host an AHR but we are against it, I want to be done with the wedding planning!

Post # 8
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We got married in Vegas, just the two of us.  We didn’t have a reception nor did we have anything when we came home. 

Sorry – we’d been down that road once and didn’t think it appropriate to have people who were at our first weddings have to contribute to another wedding.   

Post # 10
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We’re also having two receptions. 

We’re getting married and having a small reception for 50 on this beautiful yacht — so long as the weather holds up, we’ll be dancing under the stars surrounded by sparkly water.  If it rains, we’ll be dancing under a canopy Tongue out.

The following day, we’ve rented a picnic pavillion and have picnic food being catered so that we can celebrate with our extended friends and family.

Post # 11
21 posts
  • Wedding: January 2012

The wedding ceremony will be at SF City Hall on Friday afternoon.  The reception will follow on Sunday during the lunch hour.  We’re planning a simply glamorous Sunday afternoon reception.  Simple and timeless civil ceremony followed by a huge lunch for our family and friends and the younger folks can join us for a night on the town at a SF bay area night club or clubs to dance the night away.  We’re incorporating my favorite bird, the peacock in the wedding decor, including the colors silver, turquoise and blush.  My soon-to-be stepsons have requested we incorporate the color purple.  Given purple goes well with peacock feathers, we may find a way to do that.  😀 

Post # 12
16 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Jamaica Bride I absolutely love your inspiration board!

We are having an outdoor sand ceremony followed by a reception/party witha sit down meal in a marquis tent in June.

We have decided to go with a beachy/flower theme with turquoise (more close to tiffany blue), pink and orange as our colours.

We have invited roughly 120 people that includes my son and my nephews, other than that no kids.


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