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Unique Wedding Receptions

Will Diana and Drew win a thousand-dollar gift certificate for a wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses?
Will Diana and Drew win a thousand-dollar gift certificate for a wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses?

Instead of a formal dinner or buffet, why not go for a whole new type of wedding reception? Many couples want the traditional church wedding, but not the same expected wedding reception. They want something unusual and deeply personal.

A campfire reception is not only unique and fun but also helps the bride and groom save money. The menu should be pure childhood fun. Consider burger sliders and grilled cheese sandwiches. S’mores make the perfect dessert for campfire receptions. Actually, s’mores bars are a hot new trend for Indian wedding receptions. You can be cutting edge with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate.

Believe it or not, another hot trend is the barn reception. With the rise in rustic chic wedding, the barn is the perfect venue to create a setting defined as country elegance. You can retain the country, down-home feel or merge glamour and rustic appeal. One couple draped white fabric from the roof and hung crystal chandeliers in the barn. The clashing styles of country rustic and romantic elegance somehow merges into an amazingly beautiful venue.

Are you and your betrothed wine aficionados? A wine tasting reception may be the ideal twist for your special day. Offer each guest samples of three or more wines. You may want to provide note cards with information about each wine. The guests may really appreciate being invited to share your interests and learn more about wine.

Wedding food trucks are a popular alternative or addition to regular catering. Instead of having a sit down dinner, you may want to create a street fair party. Include fair foods like funnel cakes and cotton candy. You might want to set up game booths and a photo booth to reflect the street fair atmosphere.

Do you love horses? Have you always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon? Would you want your reception surrounded by animals such as renting a venue at a zoo or aquarium? You can make your wedding reception to be the perfect complement to your big day. Share an adventure with your guest. Depending on the activities, you may want to urge people to dress casually for the reception. You’ll want to encourage everyone to participate and enjoy the day with you.

There are so many ways to make a truly memorable wedding reception. If you are looking for ideas, create a list of your favorite hobbies, activities, and interests. Have you and your beloved been more likely to watch football together than go dancing? If your wedding reception resembles a huge Superbowl party, it become more meaningful and special for you and your guests than the traditional wedding reception that is just like every other wedding reception.

For more ways to create the perfect wedding reception, visit the Best for Bride blog. There you will find many great tips for making your dreams come true on your special day.

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Wedding venue checklist: Tips to help you recognize if the site is right for you


When you look for your wedding venue, it is often difficult to ascertain whether a site is right without seeing it all decked up. To make the right choice, you should have a fair idea of what you want it to do, and how it can be transformed to suit your wedding plan. For many couples, this may be the first time they are hosting any event on this scale, and so it can be very confusing.

To help you do it right, here is a checklist of the various factors the site must have.

Fits your budget

Set aside a realistic amount for the venue charges. If you are getting married in a church or house of worship, you will also have to factor in the donation for using the space.

Look at places where the rent is within your budget. Ask about any other charges or overheads in addition to the rent, so you know whether you can afford it. Also ask if the package includes services like an on-site co-ordinator or staff for serving cake and wine, or whether you will have to pay separately for these services.

Practicality of the venue

The location should be easy to access and your guests shouldn’t have trouble getting there. It would be best if both the ceremony and the reception venues were nearby or in the same location. This will be most comfortable, but if it is not possible, consider arranging transportation between the venues. See if you can have parking at the first venue and make transport arrangements to the reception.

The size is right

Look at the maximum number of people the site can hold. Don’t forget to accommodate for your band, musicians, buffet table and aisle when determining the maximum capacity. Only then will you get a clear picture of whether all your guests will fit comfortably in the space. If it is a small wedding, avoid a big venue. Being mostly empty will reduce the overall impact.

The rates for using it overtime

Venues are either charged by the hour, or for a certain slot of time. Ask about the extra charges you will have to pay if you wish to access the venue for a few extra hours, before or after the ceremony. Also ask for their rates if your wedding party extends late into the night.

Provision for disabled access

Check whether the venue allows for disabled access. It is likely that there will be older guests in your wedding party. The availability of washrooms on the ground floor would be convenient for them. Also, are there any outdoor seating arrangements that your wedding guests can use, if they have to wait before entering the venue?

Don’t forget to consider the practicality of the venue for the wedding look you have in mind. It wouldn’t be fun negotiating your way up and down a staircase, if you have chosen a mermaid-style wedding dress or a heavily layered one. So choose accordingly.

The more boxes you tick off this checklist, the better suited a venue will be for your wedding. For more wedding tips and ideas, keep visiting us at Best for Bride.

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Guide to Barn Weddings

Barn weddings are becoming increasingly popular. As couples embrace the rustic chic style, barns and other country settings are in big demand as wedding venues. Though much of the process of using a barn for a wedding venue is the same as using any other type of venue, there are a few differences. What should you know when planning a barn wedding?

When planning the layout for the wedding or reception inside a barn, know the shape and dimensions of the building as well as any interior obstacles and the locations of the doors. It may help you to draw a diagram to plan out the seating arrangements and locations of tables and other items that you’ll be bringing into the space.

The barn offers protection in rain, but what is it like in sweltering heat. What could the weather mean for your wedding and guests? Barns typically aren’t climate controlled. Winter weddings may require you to bring in heaters. Summer wedding may require fans. If you are having a winter or summer barn wedding, you may want to call different barn venues and ask if they have the necessary heating or cooling.

Will you need to spray for mosquitoes the day before the wedding? Ask the owner what weather or insect issues there may be for you and plan accordingly. Barns may or may not have finished floors. Some barns that are rented for weddings have natural dirt floors. This can be a problem if your guests are dressed in formal attire such as long dresses.

Many other types of wedding venues have a kitchen space. Barns, even those regularly rented for weddings, rarely have kitchens. Make sure the barn will have the necessary space and equipment that you or the caterer will need. Some caterers require a working kitchen. Therefore, the availability of the kitchen also may affect your choice of caterer.

Is there ample parking close to the barn? May some guests need to walk farther than others? If so, you may want to have older adults park close and ask others to park farther from the barn. Check with the venue management to see if there will be enough restrooms for your guests. In some cases, couples need to rent bathrooms for their barn weddings.

Know where the electrical outlets are. If possible, plan your reception set up for the best use of the outlets. Don’t overload an outlet or you may end up in the dark. A common way to plan the use of outlets is to dedicate each outlet needed for one particular use. For example, if an outlet is used for coffee, don’t let the band use it. The band’s outlet should only be used for the band.

For more information about how to plan select the perfect venue for your wedding, take a look at the Best for Bride blog.