Reception Decorations

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Do not limit beautiful arrangements simply to your ceremony. Pomander balls and topiaries are beautifully elegant adornments for both inside and outside.

Table centerpieces are an important way to set the tone of the reception. Guests sit at the tables for several hours and the centerpieces should be an eye-catching conversation piece. They are also a way to convey the couple’s interests. Candles, balloons and flower petals are always classic centerpieces, but consider some other ideas: if you and your significant other are both outdoor enthusiasts, your florist can incorporate prairie grasses into the centerpiece; if you both have a modern style, create something using orchids and river rock in square vases; if you both enjoy cooking, put herbs and a favorite recipe into a planter that your guests can take home as a party favor.

Another florist recommends mixing it up a bit. Use two or three different versions of your centerpiece; it gives depth and provides visual interest.

In addition to your guest tables, you also have the head table, cake table and gift table. Try to carry the same theme throughout. Transport the floral arrangements from the ceremony altar to use on these tables. One florist suggests using an abundance of tea lights on the head table. Really try to overdo it. The outcome is a truly magical reception space.

• Guests can sit at reception tables for several hours. Make sure to have a creative centerpiece that will be a conversation starter without impeding eye contact and conversation.
• Carry the same décor theme from the guest tables to the head table, cake table and gift table.
• Less is more. Use flowers in one third of the guest table centerpieces. It brings the essence of flowers into the arrangements for less cost.

Ice Sculptures

Ice sculptures are a dramatic way to decorate your reception. Sculptors can chisel these memorable creations into almost any figure you desire, from a bride and groom dancing together to a heart formed by two swans. These ice sculptures are the ultimate personal touch at your wedding and are surprisingly inexpensive for the elegant look they achieve.

A sculpture typically lasts anywhere from five to eight hours but depends on a multitude of factors such as size, location, time of year, and weather. Moving air of any type will dramatically reduce its longevity, so if outside, keep the sculpture out of the wind, and if inside, keep it away from fans or vents. Contact an ice sculptor about six months in advance to allow adequate time for preparation.