There is such a great emphasis on the decor of your wedding reception because the tables and the flowers are the first thing guests look at when entering the venue. They must be spectacular and beautiful with the right amount of color and customization.
At this point, you have already adopted a color palette and have some idea of what you would like your reception to look like. Incorporating color into your reception will be very easy -- tablecloths, napkins, candles, flowers, menu, placecards and place card holders -- everything can use a dash of color or sparkle.
Just how colorful you would you like your reception to be? Spring weddings are often muted pastels. Summer weddings are drenched in color. Fall weddings often play up the autumn colors of fallen leaves, while winter weddings use saturated jewel tones. These are just general guidelines, but you can choose whatever tickles your fancy!
When incorporating colors in your decor, you will want one main color with a secondary color for accent. You can even have a third in small doses, but I prefer that to be the metal color. Choose gold, silver, bronze, black or white for those accents and keep it all the same. You don't want to mix tall silver candelabras with short gold candlesticks. Or a melange of black and white iron lanterns. Keep a cohesive color scheme, it's more pleasing to the eye. Also, don't get caught in the trap of spreading your color everywhere. We like the look of neutral linens (ivory, white or champagne) and let the colors pop in the flowers and place cards (and of course the 'maids dresses!). This ensures that your event will reflect your color scheme but with an aaaahhh and not an eewwww!
Personalization is also crucial when designing the details of your event. Let your new monogram shine at the reception -- it's the first time you are able to use it as man and wife. At Gracious Bridal, we love emblazoning it on our Linen Like Personalized Cocktail Napkin. So soft and elegant, they are perfect to use for drinks during cocktail hour, passed appetizers and for the delicious wedding cake.
Add another pop of color with the cloth dinner napkins at each table setting. Instead of having them rolled with silverware at the beginning of the buffet line, you can maximize the design impact by having them pre-set on the table...a way to get color without spending any more money!
These are just a few suggestions for making your reception colorful and personalized. Don't feel boxed in by any rules or guidelines. Choose what you love, edit, edit, edit, and it will come together beautifully.
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