(Closed) Ideas for special touches to make wedding reception memorable

posted 9 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If you are having children attend your wedding, I think it is a really nice touch to put together a simply coloring booklet with a few crayons for each kid. 

Post # 4
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m going to have a cookie buffet and photo booth.  I also plan on having some DIY decorations.  I need some inspiration too!

Post # 5
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Photo booth was too expensive, so we are doing an ice cream sundae bar in addition to the wedding cake and grooms cake. They get to add toppings to the ice cream. Nothing huge, but definitely different.

Post # 6
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I always thought a caricature artist would be awesome, but my husband said no! LOL I would love that! For our ceremony we are having a firework display as the minister says you may now kiss the bride. For the reception we are adding a bananas foster chef, but that’s really it! Hope you find something! I really wanted a candy/dessert buffett but that would just be sweet tooth crazy!

Post # 7
5892 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Don’t go into it hoping for outside approval. For the amount of effort ‘cute touches’ are, there is usually a much smaller (if any) ‘oh wow, great job’ response.

Do what you love and hope people like it, but don’t expect to hear anything.

Post # 9
382 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I did a DIY photobooth with fun props. We also had wedding mad libs at each table. I had someone custom make them for me with our names and colors/theme. It was supposed to be wedding advice. Some people did it like a madlib and some people read it and answered with actual advice type answers.

I saw on Etsy cocktail napkins with personalized facts of the married couple. You pick what they print on them. Thought that was super cute and some were funny. I’ve also seen funny wedding quote napkins on Etsy, too. I think people love the food related stuff, like people have mentioned of the ice cream bar, candy buffet, etc. I’ve seen a few pics of weddings where people served milk and cookie snacks later in the night. I always thought that was cute, too.

Also, a friend of ours did a slide show with pics of them growing up and then various pics of them. They played it at the reception on a screen after dinner to a soundtrack of music.  

Post # 10
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think we’re going to do:

late night snacks from White Castle

cotton candy as part of our dessert bar

Fiance loves coffee so he wants to have a coffee bar. It’d probably be easy to have different flavored syrups and creamers.

surprising the groom with a cake + sparklers

tossing the idea around of having the bags game set up (our venue has a huge deck)

vintage striped paper straws and little mustache clips that go on beer bottles for kitchy fun

basket of cheap 80s sunglasses and neon glow sticks for late night dance party with a sign that says “dance like no one’s watching”

hospitality baskets in each bathroom

definitely doing a photo booth- more like faux-to because we’re setting up our own back drop and I’m making my own props.

making a chalkboard sign in a gold frame with “Our love story” to put up somewhere, also going to put a “welcome” sign in the entrance

framing bunches of photos to display around the venue

I wonder how much of these I’ll actually do haha. A lot of these are my pinterest inspirations.


Post # 11
28 posts
  • Wedding: March 2012

You sound like me 7 months ago :). I’m about 70 days out from my wedding now.  I think adding small touches is a wonderful idea.  Here are a list of things I’ve done that are all DIY projects.

1. Pink/White lace paper doily garlands.  I see bunting everywhere now a days and loved the idea but wanted something a little different.  I hand dyed paper doilies pink and strung them with white ones onto twine.  I made 8 of these at 30ft each to hang over the reception area.  It took 3 days but so worth it.

2.  I intended on having sparklers but my venue did not allow them.  I made 120 ribbon wands with bells attached to them and a personalized tag telling everyone to ring in our love after the ceremony.

3. Instead of a traditional guest book I purchased a small mailbox from target’s dollar spot, a galvanized planter from the dollar spot, a bag of moss and pinwheels from the dollar store.  I then but the mailbox on a dowel rod then stuck it in the planter along with the pinwheels covered it with moss.  I made a sign that says “send wishes to the bride and groom”.

There is so much more that I’ve done and still working on but typing on my iPhone will take forever lol.  I hope those 3 help spur some ideas for you.  If you have any questions or need help with ideas or want to know other things I am doing you can PM me I’d love to help.

Post # 12
2491 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We wanted to do something different for a guest book. Our two ideas were:

1. Fingerprint tree, but have my sister design and hand paint it so it is more meaningful than just buying one off a website.

2. Our DOC suggested getting a huge canvas, painting it a solid colour then using painters tape to mask off squares. Each guest has the chance to paint a square for us and eventually it goes on the wall.

The other thing I am TRYING to do (if I can ever find what I want) is to buy a nice wooden box for the cards that will double as a memory chest afterwards. They sell tons of them on esty for upwards of $100+shipping, so I am going to buy a box ($20 or less), woodburning tool ($15 with 40% off at Michaels), use some stain my parents already have and then borrow woodpaint from a friend to colour in the leaves on the tree I am putting on it. After the wedding we will use it to store our wedding items.

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