You know you want the reception in your backyard, you want your guests to be able to enjoy gourmet outdoor dining, plenty of outdoor furniture for your guests to sit on, and a unique theme unlike any other you have come across. But where do you start? Luckily for you, we have several great ideas that will have your guests talking about your wedding for years to come and will never forget.
The first step should be choosing your theme for the reception. Don’t hesitate to make it fun and exciting. Even if you had a traditional wedding, there are no rules stating your reception has to be just as conventional. If both of you love dancing, perhaps the theme of your reception could be a masquerade ball. You could ask the guests to dress up in costumes and provide them with handmade masks when they arrive. If you love hunting, ask all of your guests to dress in camouflage and present them with deer calls for favours.
Everyone who has ever been to a wedding reception know they will need to sign a guestbook when they arrive. Why not make this simple act a little more fun? Set up a separate area in your backyard with some rattan furniture, such as a loveseat or sofa. As each guest arrives, have them sit down on the furniture and pose for a picture. Afterward, have each guest sign the guestbook, but leave plenty of space for their picture to be placed above their signature. This visual guestbook will forever help you and your spouse remember this wonderful day.
The décor for any wedding reception is critical. Small and intricate details can make or break the look of your outdoor setting, so pay close attention to them. Create centrepieces for your outdoor dining table that reflect the theme of your party. If you can’t decide on what centrepiece you like, go for casual elegance with floating roses in clear bowls of water or beautiful lit candles surrounded by the same flowers you had in your wedding. For added elegance and to set the mood, hire a band or string quartet to play during the reception. If you have a pool or a pond in your backyard, set some candles afloat in the pool. This will not only add to your outdoor lighting, but will set the romantic mood.
White is often the classic choice for weddings, but at the reception, don’t be afraid to embrace colour. Did the bride choose special colours for her wedding? Does your theme dictate certain colours? Use furniture covers on your outdoor wicker furniture to create a visually stunning scene, and skip the white china for your outdoor dining table. Instead, choose coloured plates and glasses that will add a distinct personality to your décor.
No matter what size your backyard is, make sure there is plenty of rattan furniture available for your guests to sit on. This will not only make them more comfortable so they feel as if they are welcome in your home, but it will also allow them to have a chance to talk and get to know one another.
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