18 RECEPTION IDEAS The actual ceremony — the reciting of vows, the “I Do’s” and the kiss — is the most important part of your wedding day. That’s when your commitment to each other is signed, sealed and delivered with your family and friends beaming and wiping away tears. Then it’s time to party! And that usually means the reception where everyone looks forward to eating good food, toasting with champagne and dancing the night away. According to theknot.com, the best receptions incorporate personal, fun and unique touches that keep guests talking long after the last dance. Get inspired by these 20 ideas from the Knot for creating a wow-worthy reception!
Trinkets are cute, but who really needs to haul home another personalized wedding wine glass, koozie or candle? Give them take-home goodies in fun baggies or small boxes — a bag of mini doughnuts or doughnut holes, jars of local honey or jam, personalized chocolate candies, a succulent plant.
Short, sweet toasts
1 Seating arrangements
You want this night to be unforgettable, not uncomfortable. Your seating arrangement should lead to great conversation, which leads to a great dance party and a memorable reception. So seat your tween cousins with other kids their age and let your college friends sit together.
Make sure toasts are no more than two minutes. The best man usually is the master of ceremonies who keeps toasts moving smoothly.