Creative Details

December 19, 2013

Sweets table - unique treats

Give your guests a night they’ll never forget! Creative details really help to make a wedding celebration magical and memorable for your family and friends:

For the little ones…If children are invited to the wedding and reception, consider hiring a babysitter for part of the evening. The babysitter could be stationed in a room off of the main reception hall that’s fully equipped with kid-friendly movies, games, and food.

For kids of all ages…Set up lawn games like croquet, cornhole (bean bag toss), or horseshoes. Hire magicians, living statues, walking food tables, face-painters, or caricature artists.

For the foodies…Dinner doesn’t just have to be “your choice of chicken or beef.” Play with your food! Try the build-your-own trend with a gourmet burger or baked potato bar topped off with all the trimmings. Serve a Bride’s Menu and Groom’s Menu featuring each of your favorite foods, or offer ethnic cuisine to celebrate each family’s nationality. Serving a late night snack? You can’t go wrong with pizza.

For those with a sweet tooth…Be it donuts, cupcakes, or s’mores, there’s really nothing stopping you from turning your favorite sweet into your wedding day dessert. Love candy? Imagine an entire table chockfull of pixie sticks, gummies, and rock candy — all in colors coordinated to match the décor. Have an ice cream obsession? Try make-your-own sundaes with toppings galore, or scoops of artisan Gelato for a more continental vibe. If you’re throwing an entirely elegant affair, a chocolate fountain is always a classic way to wow.

For the thirsty ones…Start with a bride and groom signature cocktail or His and Her drinks. Another trend is martini ice sculptures where guests pick their preferred martini flavor and watch as it glides through the sculpture, chilling along the way. In the spirit of “help yourself” dinner and dessert bars, try a whiskey table for the fellas, jugs of flavored lemonades, or kegs of root beer for the kids. For a late-night treat, offer a coffee or hot cocoa bar complete with all the fixings.

For the dramatic…Show your favorite movies during the reception — and don’t forget the popcorn, candy, fountain sodas, and red carpet photo un-booth! Give your wedding a theme, and ask guests to dress in costume. Some ideas might be: dressing all in black and white, from a certain era, or from fictional world.

For the more traditional…Set a table with photos of your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents on their respective wedding days. Be sure to include all of the must-have songs and activities during the dancing portion of the evening — everything from the Electric Slide to the garter and bouquet toss. A photobooth never hurt either!

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