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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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Five alternative wedding reception venues

Wedding receptions play a huge role in the success of any wedding. Receptions give the bride and groom to wind down, talk to guests and really enjoy themselves. When planning weddings, couples will normally opt for the usual venues including hotels, golf courses, bars and restaurants. Often overlooking alternative venues many newlyweds are missing out on the opportunity to wow guests and make their special day memorable for all the right reasons. To give some inspiration here are five great “alternative” wedding reception venues.


Museums provide an ambience like no other, steeped in atmosphere museums will provide a cultured yet fun wedding reception. For many years now the museums of London has been offering newlyweds the opportunity to host their reception in the heart of the museum. Located in the centre of the London the venue can host a drinks reception for up to 1000 guests and a dinner reception for up to 350 guests. Surrounded by historic artefacts, a museum is a guaranteed way to wow your reception guests.

The Zoo

Ok, so you may think the zoo is a strange location to hold your wedding reception, but one thing is for sure; your guests will have fun. When thinking of zoos you may automatically assume that it will be a muddy and not so glamorous affair, wrong! ZSL London Zoo provides a truly unique wedding reception venue, with elegant and stylish suites that overlook 36 acres of gardens; your guests will be truly blown away. Although London Zoo doesn’t have a license to serve alcohol, never fear, companies like Bars2you have recently popped up, enabling you to have a bar in any venue that suits, so party on!


If you are looking for a truly unique reception venue a light house will definitely fit the bill, a lighthouse reception will guarantee you with a sea front location, spectacular views and an intimate venue. Situated on the picturesque south coast of Wales, is one of Wales last remaining operational lighthouses, Nash Point. Nash Point is a quaint white washed lighthouse, perfect for small, intimate receptions; the lighthouse has room for up to 25 guests. Don’t miss the boat and book your perfect lighthouse venue today!


A nightclub reception is perfect for the more hedonistic couples out there. Although not to everyone’s taste, a nightclub can be a great location for a wedding reception. The world famous nightclub Ministry of Sound in London has recently started offering wedding receptions at their famous venue. Ministry of Sound can accommodate parties of 100 to 1500, providing both drinks receptions and seated banquets. The venue comprises of 5 rooms which can be booked as a whole or on an individual room basis. A nightclub venue will be sure to keep your guests up all night and give them a night to remember (or not).

Soccer stadium 

The assumptions are that those who opt to hold their wedding receptions in soccer stadiums are fans of soccer, but this isn’t always the case. The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff has been offering newlyweds the chance to hold their wedding reception at their iconic stadium for a number of years now.  Located on the banks of the River Taff, The Millennium Stadium is a 72,000 capacity super-stadium. All wedding reception suites overlook the famous pitch and can host dinner receptions for up to 300 guests. Hosting your wedding reception at a soccer stadium will be a sure fire way to score a hit with your guests.