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13 reception details your wedding guests will absolutely love

13 reception details your wedding guests will absolutely love


Written by Katie Byrne


Your nearest and dearest will adore these sweet finishing touches - promise!

#1 Anticipate tears during the ceremony

Chances are your guests won't have thought to bring tissues with them - so help them out by being prepared on their behalf.

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#2 Give them favours they'll actually want

Move over, traditional sugared almonds - we're talking candles, customised glasses, personalised gin, cute packets of seeds...

Image: MD Harrison Photography; see more of Vicky and Marko's wedding here.

 

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#3 Temperature consideration

Especially if you're marrying in the height of summer - bearing in mind potential discomfort for guests is crucial. Click here for our round-up of the 12 ways to heat-proof your nuptials.

See more of Rebekah and Derrick's wedding here; image: Michael & Carina Photography.

 

#4 Activities to keep children entertained

Because happy kids = happy parents. Avoid screaming at key moments by providing cheap-n-cheerful entertainment and activity options to keep mini guests amused.

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#5 Photobooth fun

If your budget can't quite stretch to hiring a proper 'booth for the day, make a cool DIY background and invest in some cheap props.

Image:  Marion Huerteboust; see more of Julia and Matthieu's wedding here.

#6 Food trucks

We're talking an old-school ice-cream van, a fish-and-chip cart, a donut stall... 

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#7 Decorations that are full of personality

Think old family photos on empty, tables that are themed around places you've visited... As well as looking gorgeous, they make great talking points!

Photography: Kyle Krige & Jana Marnevick; see more of Celeste and Christiaan's wedding here

 

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#8 Blankets and flip-flops

Perfect for the later part of your reception, when feet might start to hurt and temperatures begin to dip. Comfy and cosy - what's not to adore! 

Photography: Philip Bedford; see more of Jenny and Andy's wedding here.

  

#9 Interactive details

Such as make-your-own cocktails, decorate-your-own-dessert or share-your-wedding-advice...

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#10 A cool guestbook 

From Jenga blocks to thumbprint art - there are lots of alternative ideas to the traditional paper book. Click here to see some of our favourites! 

Image: Julie Michaelsen Photography; see more of Lisa and Lloyd's wedding here.

 

See the rest of Caroline and Garry's wedding here; photography: Paul Andrews.

 

#11 Speeches (that they can actually hear)

The speeches are one of the most anticipated moments of the day - so check with your venue in advance to find out if they'd advise using microphones or not! 

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#12 An unexpected surprise

For example: bride Vicky surprised her groom Trevor (and their guests!) by hiring a fantastic troop of dancers from his homeland of South Africa.

Photographer: Mikaela Jade; see more of Trevor and Vicky's wedding here.

#13  A first dance moment that is just so you

No pressure but if you could pull off something like this, that would be amazing.

  


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