10 Ways to Personalize Your Wedding Reception

Weddings are a great chance to show your family and friends who you are as a couple.  It’s not hard to do with a little planning.

Here are 10 ways to personalize your reception:

  1.  The Menu
    Chicken lovers?  Vegan?  Pie People?   Include your food style in your menu.
  2.  Place Card Table
    Go the classic route with basic cards.  Add personalized messages or images.  Or use antique keys.  Your Place Card Table is the first thing your guests see so make it count!
  3.  Table Names
    You could call tables by number, but why not use a fun theme?  Maybe favorite destinations, favorite books, etc.
  4.  First Dance
    Oldies, 80’s or choreographed–make your first dance special and memorable.
  5.  Prop Centerpieces Instead of using the florist’s idea of your theme, create masterpieces with flowers, fruit, ribbon, accessories and more.
  6.  Wedding Favors
    The possibilities are endless to personalize gifts for your guests.
  7.  DJ List
    Be sure to pick songs that reflect you.
  8.  Photo Booth
    Create or hire a Photo Booth service to allow guests to be themselves too!
  9.  Bouquet Throw
    Do you want to do the traditional throw to all the single ladies?  Or maybe have a dance with all couples and give the bouquet to the couple who has been together the longest? Or have a musical chairs competition for the bouquet?  There are many ways to be creative here.
  10. Cake Toppers
    Google “Cake Toppers” and you’ll be amazed at the possibilities.  Yes, you can use those Disney figurines if you so choose! 
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50 Edible Flowers

Edible flowers are a great addition to cakes, cupcakes and more.  This list of 50 edible flowers includes more popular choices such as roses, more palatable options such as pansies, and many choices that make a food table beautiful.

Disclaimer: Make sure to further research if you plan to use any of these flowers on your own–some parts of the flowers are edible and some parts (like bulbs, stems, etc) may not be.

50 Edible Flowers

  • Angelica
  • Apple Blossom
  • Basil
  • Bee Balm
  • Borage
  • Calendula
  • Carnation
  • Chamomile
  • Chive Blossom
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Citrus Blossom
  • Cornflower
  • Cymbidium
  • Dandelion
  • Daylily
  • Dianthus
  • Elderberry Flower
  • English Daisy
  • Fuchsia
  • Gardenia
  • Geranium
  • Gladiolas
  • Hibiscus
  • Hollyhock
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hyssop
  • Iceland Poppy
  • Impatiens
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Lilac
  • Marigold
  • Mint
  • Nasturtium
  • Pansy
  • Parsley
  • Passionflower
  • Petunia
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Safflower
  • Sage
  • Sunflower
  • Tuberous Begonia
  • Tulip
  • Viola: Johnny-Jump-Up
  • Viola: Pansy
  • Violet
  • Yucca
  • Zucchini Blossom
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Random DJ Video

I saw this video while perusing the Internet…take about an odd DJ!  Make sure to watch the full 50 seconds to see why:

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Cake Topper Ideas

I love cake toppers because it’s a chance to express your personality, style and flair for things vintage, classic or cinematic.  Besides, it’s a great keepsake!

Some creative ideas:

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Top Ten Tips from Your Personal Wedding Paparazzi

Bridal Insider held an event with La Vida Creations Photography to help brides with photography on their wedding day.  Dazzle Videos got to film.  Here are the Top Ten Tips from the night’s event:

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10 Creative Wedding Favor Ideas

Wedding favors are a great way for a couple to express their style and creativity.  Here are some ideas for unique favors to leave your guests smiling after the party:

1. Homemade Granola

Packaged all nice in Mason Jars, with homemade tags.

2. Retro Rounds

Like what you get out of a prize machine at a supermarket…except with a prize specific to your wedding.

3. Signature Soda Pop

Homemade glass soda pop bottles for a nice take away.

4. Homemade Candy

Gummies, candied orange peels, salt water taffy.  Make your guests special delicacies.

5. Personalized Flash Drive

The gift that will keep giving long after the vows are spoken.

6. Hot Cocoa Cones

For guests to make a drink later on.

7. Simple Succulents

To bring out the green thumb in your guests.

8. Homemade Tea Bags

For guests to make a healthy drink later on.

9. Mini Pies

Individual pies are sure to be a late night delight.

10. Charitable Treat

Donate in the name of your guest and help the world.

Check out the full list and descriptions at Real Simple.


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Top 10 Balboa Park Wedding Spots

Balboa Park is one of the most picturesque spots to get married in San Diego. Within its spacious grounds, there are amazing locations for your perfect wedding.  Here are the top 10 spots for a wedding in Balboa Park:

  1. Natural History Museum rooftop
  2. Saint Francis Chapel
  3. San Diego Museum of Art
  4. Spanish Village Art Center
  5. Japanese Friendship Garden
  6. San Diego Air & Space Museum Pavilion
  7. San Diego History Center
  8. Rose Garden across the street from the Science Center
  9. Museum of Photographic Arts
  10. The Prado

For more info on Balboa Park weddings, check out Balboa Park’s website.

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