There is no need to conform to typical wedding reception themes — you can choose to add or remove any elements, challenge the location norms, or simply include a memorable and unique idea in the form of music, food or entertainment. Think about what hobbies and passions you share as a couple, and what would make your reception truly reflect your personalities. Ultimately, the wedding reception is a time for rejoicing and celebrating, so ensure that yours is enjoyable for your guests as well as for yourselves.
The venue of your wedding reception will determine the overall tone and style of your celebration. Picking a banqueting hall will suggest formality and sophistication, whereas a beach wedding will give the impression of a relaxed and informal party. However, there are many more original options that will create specific types of ambience. If you are fans of culture, consider locating your reception in an art gallery, museum, or concert hall. Animal lovers could opt for a zoo or aquarium, and fans of the outdoors may like to choose an observatory, mountain resort, or even a lighthouse. Unlikely wedding reception locations have even included wineries, racetracks and movie studio lots. Destination weddings provide instant originality for your wedding reception, with locations such as Italy, Vegas or Hawaii proving popular.
Ideas for your wedding reception could be based around a central theme, such as Hawaiian or rock ‘n’ roll. Wedding planners or organisers can help you tie all the themed elements together to create a cohesive and stunning impression, but you can plan this just as well yourself with a little time and imagination. Wedding reception themes can be subtler, and consider using colour or a motif to produce a unique wedding reception. Using limited colours, such as only black and white, can create impact. Silver and gold, or very bold colours can also look original by choosing co-ordinating tableware, centrepieces and wedding favours. Motifs may include romantic symbols such as swans, butterflies or roses.
The food you serve at your wedding reception can include originality. Incorporate food from the region you are from, or from your culture. Add fun elements such as an ice cream stand for dessert, complete with bowls of toppings like whipped cream and chocolate. Include an expresso bar — perfect for giving flagging dancers a jolt later in the evening — or a chocolate fondue in the middle of each table! These ideas are great ways of adding fun elements to your wedding reception.The entertainment can particularly express your personalities at your wedding reception. Anything goes, from clowns and jugglers, to a swing band. You could have a caricature artist providing unique favours, or even a palm reader predicting your future! If you plan to have a lot of children at the wedding reception, think about hiring a children’s entertainer to keep them busy while giving their parents time to relax.