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5 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Reception

5 ways to personalize your wedding reception

Planning by Mishka Designs, photos by Elizabeth Lloyd via Style Me Pretty

Special to OneWed by Kara Horner of

Want to leave your own personal mark on your wedding? Get creative! The reception is a great place for couples to add some unique and personal touches to the big day. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some ideas to help spark your imagination:

1. Rent a photo or video booth. You and your guests will enjoy striking a pose and taking lots of great photos together all night long. Supply themed props, such as Mardi Gras masks, to spice things up. You can even set up an area to display some of the newly minted shots, such as by using clothes pins to attach them to wire strung across a large, pretty picture frame. Afterward, the resulting images/video will make a great keepsake of the day for years to come.

2. Set up a man cave area. Yes, guys, you read that right. The groom, groomsmen, fathers of the bride and groom and other male guests will love this special area, created with them in mind. Outfit your man cave area with comfy leather couches and chairs, a big screen TV with the volume muted (for catching up on any must-see scores during the reception), and a special bar that serves the groom’s signature drink, such as a Manhattan.

3. Display a photo montage or video. Use a projector to display a photo montage or video footage of the bride and groom on one wall at your reception venue. Photos can include engagement shots and other shots of the happy couple at various stages of your relationship, as well as childhood photos, and pictures of important friends, family and beloved pets.

4. Highlight what you love. Are you and your groom die-hard sports fans? Create a groom’s cake that sports your fave team’s logo or mascot and decorate the cake table with team memorabilia. Love hotrods or classic cars? Rent or borrow a classic car to sit just outside the reception venue for guests to see and make your grand exit in the car later that night.

5. Incorporate family memories. Set up a special area, such as on the top of a grand piano, credenza, or near the buffet or gift table, to highlight photos and mementos from your parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days, and any other special family members you want to honor, who have passed away or may be too ill to attend your wedding.

Of course, make sure to check with your venue director to see what’s possible and what isn’t beforehand, to avoid any confusion. Whatever you decide, don’t hesitate to start your own wedding traditions and let your personalities come through. After all, it’s your wedding!

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