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Four Tips for a Cozy and Memorable Wedding Reception

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Your big day is coming up slowly but surely and you’ve already started to freak out because not everything is going as planned? Trust us when we say that we know your struggle, so don’t worry at all because you’re at the right place! We’re here to help you out, so keep on reading and learn how to come up with a cozy and memorable wedding reception in the blink of an eye. Here are four useful tips on how to make it happen, so check them out and get down to business!

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Opt for a unique cocktail list…

Your drink selection is one of the most important aspects of planning an unforgettable wedding reception, so be extra careful with your choices. Of course, coming up with a unique cocktail list is a true must, which is exactly why hiring a professional mixologist is always a good idea. These people are super creative and innovative, as well as trained to construct a fabulous concoction that will be served as a signature cocktail at your wedding. On the other hand, if you already have a favorite cocktail you enjoy a lot, you can either go for that recipe or tweak it a little bit to create a brand new drink. Just make sure to have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions, so that all your guests can look for a drink that suits their preferences!

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… As well as for a personalized, custom menu

Needless to say, a personalized, custom menu is another essential factor that’ll contribute to a cozy and romantic wedding reception, so don’t forget to take it into consideration, too. Firstly, you’ll have to find the best catering companies that can make your wishes come true and create a menu that perfectly fits into your wedding reception plans. For example, unique chef stations are a fantastic idea if you really want to make a statement, and the same goes for trendy yet artistic food plating, amazing charcuterie boards, and stationary food displays. All you need to do is to talk to your caterer and tell them exactly what you want, as that’s the only way to make your dream come true and have a memorable wedding reception!

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Pay extra attention to details when it comes to decoration

As you probably already know, wedding decoration plays a huge role when it comes to the overall vibe and atmosphere, so do your best to pay extra attention to details. For example, outdoor weddings are very popular during warmer spring and summer months, so why wouldn’t you organize an outdoor reception? Tall tables instead of regular ones are a great option – especially if you want to have a fabulous party after the ceremony. Classic tables take up a lot of space, so switch to tall ones and you’ll do a great job. Lighting is an extremely important factor here, too, so opt for romantic string lights and combine them with unique lanterns for the ultimate fairy-tale effect. Of course, freshly picked flowers should also be a big part of your wedding decoration, so be sure to incorporate them into the centerpieces that go on each table. 

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Get playful with your dessert station

When it comes to dessert, we must say that opting for one big wedding cake is no longer a thing, so get creative and playful and come up with a unique dessert station instead. More and more couples are switching to abundant dessert stations these days, with lots of seasonally-inspired desserts such as mini pumpkin pies and macaroons, cake pops, custom bonbons and truffles, delicious cinnamon rolls, tasty caramel apples, fabulous churros, lovely donuts, and many more. However, it doesn’t mean that you should completely ditch the wedding cake. On the contrary, you can have it if you want, but be sure to provide an additional dessert station your guests can enjoy. It won’t get better than that!


As you can tell, planning your wedding reception and making it as cozy and memorable as possible doesn’t have to be as tricky as you probably thought. All you need to do is to stick to our tips and start with planning your cocktail list and custom menu in the first place. Once that’s done, you can continue by picking the perfect decorations according to your theme, as well as choosing an innovative dessert station that will impress everyone at your reception. These four steps are essential for a romantic and unforgettable wedding reception, so bear them in mind and you won’t make a mistake!


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