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Unforgettable Wedding Reception: Fun Music Activities to Keep the Party Going

Fun Wedding Music Activities


Music is as much a component of a good wedding as food and drink. You can have a wedding without music, but it's likely it will seem a little quiet and dull. So whether you have a full live band, a string quartet, a DJ spinning tunes or recorded music from a boom box, it should be included.


But music's not just for dancing. There are a myriad of activities you can plan around the music that will add an element of fun to your wedding. 


One popular idea is to play musical chairs. Sure, this is a fun kid's game and you don't want to insult your guests in any way, but you can have some fun with this version of musical chairs. The chairs can be just about anything, from chairs lined up from the food tables, to the floor, if you think your guests might be open to sitting on the floor (and then having to get up and down again). One fun option is to use the men as the chairs - they kneel on the floor, with one knee on the floor and the other bent. The women sit lightly on the men's' knees as they are playing musical chairs. When either the man or woman falls down, that couple is out, until one couple is left.


Some brides and grooms like to play musical chairs in order to give away the table centerpiece, which many guests like to take home. Instead of assigning a number and awarding the centerpiece to the person in possession of that number, you have each table play musical chairs until the person left standing is the one that gets to take home the centerpiece.


How about a rousing game of "name that tune"? This is a game that's best for a smaller, intimate wedding where everyone knows the bride and groom well. Prior to the wedding, whoever is planning the wedding should get a list of favorite songs of both the bride and groom. Create a CD of those songs, and then create a game of "name that tune". Guests can be divided into teams and then be played just a small snippet of each song. 


After guests hear that first snippet, they can then "bid" on how quickly they can name the tune. So one group might say they can name the tune in 10 seconds, while the other group might say 5 seconds. Once one group has bowed out, the other group will then have to "name that tune". This is a fun game that gets everyone involved and which the bride and groom are particularly delighted by.


Depending on the style of the wedding, there are many fun games you can play to get the bride and groom out on the dance floor. Now, if this is a very large and very elegant wedding, this option might not work since there is certain decorum to maintain, but for a casual, fun, family-centered wedding some of these games can be fun. 


If guests want to "call out" the wedding couple onto the dance floor, they can be asked to get out on the dance floor themselves first and hula hoop or perform their own version of a break dance. Much in the way guests sometimes have to "perform" to get the couple the kiss this is another way to get the guests involved and having fun in order to create fun wedding memories for the bride and groom. 

Unique Unity Candle Designs to Spice Up Your Wedding Ceremony

 Fun Ideas For Unity Candles


If you are planning a wedding and plan to have a unity candle as part of the ceremony, you might want to think outside the box.


Traditionally, the unity candle involves three candles. The bride has one, the groom the other, and their two lighted candles light the third candle. This is done to represent the coming together of the two people to make one unit. In some alternate methods, family members are invited to participate in the unity candle lighting, often the mothers of the bride and groom, or other close members of the family. Each family then lights a candle, and together they light the unity candle to symbolize of the coming together of the families.


Now, there are a few twists you can add to this fairly conventional aspect of a wedding ceremony. You can provide each guest with an unlit candle when they arrive at the ceremony. After the couple lights the unity candle, they can ask the guests to move to the front of the church (or wherever the ceremony is being held) and light their candles with the lighted unity candle. This can take a bit of time and might be best with a smaller guest list. But it is a meaningful way to not only get your guests involved in the ceremony itself, but also symbolize the union of family and friends with the marriage.


If there is a large guest list and it would be a prohibitive waste of time to do a candle lighting involving everyone at the ceremony, some brides and grooms like to bring the unity candle to the reception. Light the candle again and provide each guest with a small votive candle (the candle holder will be on the tables at individual table settings). As guests come into the reception area or hall, they can light their votive and take it to their table to place into the votive holder. This small votive candle can double as a wedding favor, particularly if you decorate or enhance a plain votive candleholder in some way to coordinate with your wedding.


Of course, you can forget having a unity candle at the ceremony altogether. Many brides these days are trying to reduce the length of the ceremony and spend more time planning the reception. In that light, some choose to do away with a unity candle altogether. You can certainly do this, or you can cut it out of the ceremony and make it part of the reception. 


To do this, you can use the votive candle option suggested above, or you can simply incorporate the unity candle lighting into the reception activities themselves. For example, you might choose a quiet moment in the reception to have a lighting of the unity candle. It might be during a short prayer prior to the serving of the meal, or right before the cake is cut. In this case, the unity candle can then be used as decoration on the cake table. As the bride and groom cut the cake and pieces are served to guests, the candle can also serve as a reminder of the couple's new bond and that the bond is shared with all the guests as well. 


Although having a unity candle at the wedding or reception isn't necessary, it is certainly an option that many brides and grooms opt to include. But it's important to remember that as with so much surrounding wedding planning there are ways to make it unique and interesting and special to the couple getting married. 

Top Beach Wedding Dresses: Say "I do" Surrounded By The Beauty Of The Ocean

Top Beach Wedding Dresses: Say "I do" Surrounded By The Beauty Of The Ocean



A beach wedding is a dream come true for many couples. The serene backdrop of the ocean, the warm sand beneath your feet, and the gentle breeze create a romantic atmosphere like no other. When it comes to choosing the perfect beach wedding dress, there are a few key factors to consider. You want a dress that is not only beautiful but also practical and comfortable for the beach setting. Here are some top beach wedding dresses that will make you feel like a goddess on your special day.

1. Flowy and Lightweight Gowns:
Beach weddings call for dresses that are light and airy. Opt for flowy fabrics like chiffon, organza, or lightweight silk. These materials will allow you to move freely and feel comfortable in the warm weather. Look for dresses with delicate details such as lace or beading to add a touch of elegance to your beach wedding look.

2. Bohemian-Inspired Dresses:
Bohemian-style wedding dresses are a popular choice for beach weddings. These dresses often feature loose silhouettes, ethereal lace, and romantic details like bell sleeves or floral appliques. A bohemian-inspired dress will give you a relaxed and effortless look that perfectly complements the beach setting.

3. Tea-Length Dresses:
For a more casual and playful beach wedding dress, consider a tea-length gown. These dresses typically fall below the knee or mid-calf, allowing you to move around easily on the sand. Tea-length dresses are often made of lightweight fabrics and can be adorned with lace or embroidery for a touch of femininity.

4. High-Low Hemline Dresses:
If you want to show off your legs while still having the elegance of a long gown, a high-low hemline dress is a great choice. The front of the dress is shorter, allowing you to walk on the sand without worrying about tripping, while the back cascades into a longer train. This style adds a modern and unique twist to your beach wedding attire.

5. Simple and Minimalist Dresses:
Sometimes, less is more. A simple and minimalist dress can be just as stunning for a beach wedding. Look for clean lines, sleek silhouettes, and minimal embellishments. A simple dress allows the natural beauty of the beach to shine through and keeps the focus on you and your partner.

Remember, comfort is key when choosing a beach wedding dress. Consider the weather, the location, and your personal style when making your decision. Don't forget to accessorize with beach-inspired elements like seashell jewelry or a flower crown to complete your beach wedding look. With the right dress, you'll feel so wonderful  as you say "I do" surrounded by the beauty of the ocean.

Bridegroom Wedding Suits: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Look

Bridegroom Wedding Suits: A Guide to Finding the Perfect Look

When it comes to wedding attire, all eyes are usually on the bride. However, the groom's outfit is just as important in creating a cohesive and stylish wedding look. The bridegroom wedding suit should reflect the groom's personal style while complementing the overall theme and vibe of the wedding. Whether you're going for a classic, modern, or unique look, here is a guide to help you find the perfect bridegroom wedding suit.

1. Classic Tuxedo:
For a timeless and elegant look, a classic tuxedo is always a safe bet. A black or midnight blue tuxedo with a satin lapel is a traditional choice that exudes sophistication. Pair it with a crisp white dress shirt, a black bowtie, and patent leather shoes for a polished and refined appearance. This classic ensemble is perfect for formal and black-tie weddings.

2. Three-Piece Suit:
A three-piece suit adds a touch of formality and versatility to the groom's wedding attire. Opt for a well-tailored suit in a neutral color like charcoal gray, navy blue, or light gray. The three-piece suit consists of a jacket, trousers, and a matching waistcoat. This ensemble allows the groom to remove the jacket during the reception while still looking dapper in the waistcoat. Pair it with a patterned tie or a bowtie to add a personal touch.

3. Modern Suit:
If you're looking for a more contemporary and fashion-forward look, a modern suit is the way to go. Experiment with different colors, textures, and patterns to showcase your personal style. Consider a slim-fit suit in a bold color like burgundy, forest green, or even a light pastel shade for a summer wedding. Add a patterned or textured tie, a pocket square, and stylish accessories to complete the modern groom look.

4. Destination Wedding Attire:
For a beach or destination wedding, the groom's attire should be light, breathable, and comfortable. Opt for a linen suit in a light color like beige, light gray, or even a soft pastel shade. Linen is a perfect fabric choice for warm weather as it allows air to flow and keeps the groom cool. Pair it with a lightweight dress shirt, a bowtie or a linen tie, and loafers or sandals for a relaxed and beach-appropriate look.

5. Unique and Personalized Look:
If you want to make a statement and showcase your individuality, consider a unique and personalized groom's outfit. Mix and match different elements like a patterned blazer, colored trousers, or a waistcoat in a contrasting fabric. Incorporate accessories that reflect your personality, such as a funky tie, suspenders, or a stylish hat. This allows you to create a one-of-a-kind look that truly represents who you are.

Remember, the key to finding the perfect bridegroom wedding suit is to consider your personal style, the wedding theme, and the level of formality. Take the time to get properly fitted and choose high-quality fabrics to ensure a comfortable and stylish look. With the right suit, you'll feel confident and ready to walk down the aisle alongside your beautiful bride.

Unforgettable Wedding Gift Ideas: Making a Lasting Impression

Unforgettable Wedding Gift Ideas: Making a Lasting Impression

When it comes to celebrating a couple's special day, finding the perfect wedding gift can be a delightful challenge. You want to give them something meaningful, unique, and unforgettable. Whether you're looking for a gift that will stand the test of time or an experience that will create lasting memories, here are some unforgettable wedding gift ideas that will make a lasting impression.

1. Personalized Keepsakes:
One way to create a truly unforgettable gift is by personalizing it. Consider customized items such as monogrammed towels, engraved champagne flutes, or a personalized photo album. These thoughtful touches add a personal and sentimental touch to the gift, making it a cherished keepsake for the couple.

2. Experience-Based Gifts:
Instead of a physical item, consider giving the couple an experience they will never forget. This could be a romantic weekend getaway, a hot air balloon ride, a cooking class, or even tickets to a concert or theater show. Experiences create memories that last a lifetime and allow the couple to create new memories together as they embark on their journey as a married couple.

3. Artwork or Home Decor:
Help the couple turn their house into a home by gifting them a piece of artwork or unique home decor. This could be a painting, a sculpture, a personalized map of their favorite city, or even a custom-made piece of furniture. Not only will this gift add beauty to their home, but it will also serve as a constant reminder of their special day and the love they share.

4. Subscription Services:
Consider gifting the couple a subscription service that will bring joy and convenience to their lives. This could be a monthly wine or gourmet food delivery, a subscription to a book or magazine club, or even a streaming service for their favorite movies and TV shows. Subscription services provide ongoing enjoyment long after the wedding day, making it a gift that keeps on giving.

5. Contribution to a Meaningful Cause:
If the couple has a cause or charity that is close to their hearts, consider making a donation in their name. This not only shows your support for their values but also makes a positive impact on the world. Whether it's a donation to an animal shelter, a children's charity, or an environmental organization, this gift will be a meaningful gesture that the couple will appreciate.

Remember, the most important aspect of an unforgettable wedding gift is thoughtfulness and personalization. Consider the couple's interests, hobbies, and values when selecting a gift. Whether it's a personalized keepsake, an experience-based gift, or a contribution to a meaningful cause, your gift will be a cherished reminder of their special day for years to come.

Free Wedding Planning Checklist: A Comprehensive Guide to Organizing Your Special Day

Free Wedding Planning Checklist: A Comprehensive Guide to Organizing Your Special Day

Planning a wedding can be an exciting but overwhelming experience. With so many details to consider and tasks to complete, it's easy to feel stressed and lost in the process. That's why having a wedding planning checklist can be a lifesaver. It helps you stay organized, ensures you don't miss any important steps, and allows you to enjoy the journey to your special day. Here is a comprehensive guide to a free wedding planning checklist that will keep you on track.

1. Determine Your Budget:
Start by setting a realistic budget for your wedding. This will guide your decision-making process and help you allocate funds to different aspects of the wedding.

2. Create a Guest List:
Decide on the number of guests you want to invite and create a guest list. This will help you determine the size of the venue and other important details.

3. Choose a Wedding Date and Venue:
Select a date that works for you and your partner, and start looking for a venue that suits your style and budget. Book the venue as soon as possible to secure your desired date.

4. Hire Vendors:
Research and book vendors such as a photographer, videographer, caterer, florist, and DJ or band. Read reviews, compare prices, and meet with potential vendors to ensure they align with your vision.

5. Select Your Wedding Party:
Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and other members of the wedding party. Communicate your expectations and responsibilities to them.

6. Find Your Wedding Attire:
Start shopping for your wedding dress, groom's suit, and attire for the wedding party. Allow ample time for alterations and fittings.

7. Plan the Ceremony and Reception:
Decide on the ceremony format, write vows if desired, and plan the reception timeline. Choose readings, select music, and discuss any special rituals or traditions you want to incorporate.

8. Send Invitations:
Design and send out wedding invitations, including RSVP cards. Keep track of responses to finalize your guest count.

9. Plan the Menu and Cake:
Work with your caterer to create a menu that suits your taste and dietary preferences. Schedule a cake tasting and finalize the design and flavors.

10. Arrange Transportation and Accommodation:
Book transportation for you and your guests, as well as accommodations for out-of-town guests if necessary.

11. Plan the Decor and Flowers:
Decide on the overall theme and color scheme for your wedding. Work with a florist to choose flowers and create arrangements that match your vision.

12. Organize Wedding Day Details:
Create a detailed timeline for the wedding day, including hair and makeup appointments, ceremony and reception setup, and any other important events.

13. Obtain Marriage License:
Research the requirements for obtaining a marriage license in your area and ensure you have all the necessary documents.

14. Plan the Honeymoon:
If you're going on a honeymoon, start researching destinations, booking flights and accommodations, and planning activities.

15. Finalize Details and Confirm with Vendors:
In the weeks leading up to the wedding, confirm all details with vendors, finalize the guest count, and make any necessary adjustments.

16. Enjoy Your Special Day:
On your wedding day, relax, enjoy the moment, and cherish the memories you're creating with your loved ones.

Remember, this wedding planning checklist is a guide, and you can customize it to fit your specific needs and preferences. Stay organized, communicate with your partner and vendors, and don't forget to take breaks and enjoy the process. With a well-planned checklist, your wedding day will be a beautiful and memorable celebration of love.

Wedding Wishes Congratulations: Celebrating Love and Commitment

Wedding Wishes Congratulations: Celebrating Love and Commitment

A wedding is a joyous occasion that marks the beginning of a beautiful journey for two individuals who have found love and decided to embark on a lifelong commitment together. It is a celebration of love, unity, and the merging of two families. As friends, family members, and well-wishers, it is our duty to shower the newlyweds with heartfelt wedding wishes and congratulations.

Wedding wishes are more than just words; they are a reflection of our love, support, and happiness for the couple. They serve as a reminder that we are there for them, not only on their special day but throughout their married life. Whether it's a simple message or a heartfelt note, wedding wishes are a way to express our genuine emotions and blessings for the couple's future.

When crafting wedding wishes, it is important to strike a balance between sincerity and creativity. While it is essential to convey your heartfelt congratulations, it is equally important to add a personal touch that reflects your relationship with the couple. Here are a few ideas to help you create memorable wedding wishes:

1. Start with a warm greeting: Begin your wedding wishes with a warm and affectionate greeting. Address the couple by their names or use endearing terms like "dear" or "beloved." This sets the tone for a heartfelt message.

2. Express your joy and congratulations: Let the couple know how happy you are for them and congratulate them on their special day. Use words like "congratulations," "best wishes," or "may your love continue to grow."

3. Share a personal memory or anecdote: If you have a special memory or anecdote involving the couple, share it in your wedding wishes. This adds a personal touch and shows that you cherish the moments you have shared with them.

4. Offer words of wisdom and advice: If you have been married for a while or have valuable insights about marriage, share them with the couple. Offer words of wisdom, advice, or encouragement that can guide them in their journey together.

5. Express your hopes and blessings: Convey your hopes and blessings for the couple's future. Wish them a lifetime of love, happiness, and togetherness. You can also include specific wishes like good health, prosperity, or the fulfillment of their dreams.

6. End with a heartfelt closing: Conclude your wedding wishes with a warm closing. Use phrases like "with love," "warmest regards," or "yours sincerely." Sign off with your name or a personal signature to add a personal touch.

Remember, wedding wishes should be genuine and heartfelt. Avoid clich├ęs or generic messages that lack personalization. Take the time to think about the couple and their journey together, and let your wedding wishes reflect your true emotions.

In this digital age, wedding wishes can be conveyed through various mediums. You can send a traditional card, write a heartfelt email, or even post a message on social media. The important thing is to ensure that your wedding wishes reach the couple and make them feel loved and cherished.

So, the next time you are invited to a wedding, take a moment to craft a heartfelt wedding wish that will bring a smile to the couple's faces. Celebrate their love, commitment, and the beginning of a beautiful journey together. Wedding wishes are not just words; they are a testament to the power of love and the joy of celebrating it.

Budget Wedding Venues: Celebrating Love without Breaking the Bank

Budget Wedding Venues: Celebrating Love without Breaking the Bank

Planning a wedding can be an exciting and joyous experience, but it can also be a daunting task, especially when it comes to finding the perfect venue. Many couples dream of a fairytale wedding in a grand location, but the reality is that wedding expenses can quickly add up. However, with a little creativity and research, it is possible to find budget wedding venues that offer both affordability and charm.

When it comes to choosing a budget wedding venue, the key is to think outside the box and explore alternative options. Here are a few ideas to help you find the perfect venue without breaking the bank:

1. Local Parks and Gardens: Nature provides a beautiful backdrop for any wedding ceremony. Consider local parks, botanical gardens, or even public gardens as potential wedding venues. These locations often offer picturesque settings at a fraction of the cost of traditional wedding venues.

2. Community Centers: Many communities have local centers or halls that can be rented for events. These venues often come equipped with basic amenities such as tables, chairs, and kitchen facilities, making them a cost-effective option for couples on a budget.

3. Historic Sites and Museums: If you have a love for history or art, consider getting married at a historic site or museum. These venues often have unique architecture and ambiance that can add a touch of elegance to your special day. Some venues may offer discounted rates for weddings or have specific wedding packages available.

4. Restaurants and Cafes: If you have a favorite restaurant or cafe that holds sentimental value for you and your partner, consider reaching out to them about hosting your wedding. Many establishments are open to the idea and may offer affordable packages or special rates for private events.

5. Backyard Weddings: For a truly intimate and personal experience, consider hosting your wedding in a backyard. Whether it's your own backyard, a family member's, or a close friend's, this option allows you to have complete control over the venue and can save you a significant amount of money.

6. Destination Weddings: While it may seem counterintuitive, destination weddings can actually be budget-friendly. By choosing a location that is less popular or opting for an off-peak season, you can often find great deals on accommodations and venue rentals. Additionally, destination weddings tend to have smaller guest lists, which can help reduce overall costs.

When searching for budget wedding venues, it is important to keep a few things in mind. First, consider the size of your guest list and ensure that the venue can comfortably accommodate everyone. Second, inquire about any additional costs such as catering, decorations, or rental fees. Lastly, visit the venue in person to get a sense of the ambiance and to ensure that it aligns with your vision for your special day.

Remember, a budget wedding venue does not mean compromising on style or elegance. With a little creativity and flexibility, you can find a venue that perfectly reflects your love and creates lasting memories without breaking the bank. So, embrace the challenge of finding a budget-friendly venue and enjoy the process of planning your dream wedding within your means. After all, it's the love and commitment that truly matter, and that can be celebrated in any setting.

Invitation Cards Templates: Making Your Event Memorable

Invitation Cards Templates: Making Your Event Memorable



When it comes to planning an event, whether it's a wedding, birthday party, or corporate gathering, one of the most important aspects is sending out the invitations. An invitation card not only provides the necessary details about the event but also sets the tone and creates anticipation among the guests. To make this process easier and more efficient, invitation card templates have become a popular choice.

Gone are the days when you had to spend hours designing and printing invitations from scratch. With the advent of technology, invitation card templates have become a game-changer in event planning. These pre-designed templates offer a wide range of options, allowing you to customize and personalize your invitations according to your preferences.

One of the biggest advantages of using invitation card templates is the time and effort they save. Instead of starting from scratch, you can simply choose a template that suits your event theme and style. Whether you prefer a classic, elegant design or a modern, vibrant one, there are countless options available to cater to your needs. With just a few clicks, you can have a professional-looking invitation ready to be sent out to your guests.

Another benefit of using invitation card templates is the cost-effectiveness they offer. Hiring a professional designer to create custom invitations can be quite expensive. However, with templates, you can achieve a similar level of quality and creativity at a fraction of the cost. Many websites and software platforms offer free or affordable templates that you can easily download and edit to match your event requirements.

Furthermore, invitation card templates provide flexibility and convenience. They allow you to experiment with different designs, colors, and fonts until you find the perfect combination. You can add your own images, logos, and text to make the invitations truly unique and reflective of your event. Additionally, templates often come with pre-set layouts and guidelines, ensuring that your invitations look professional and well-structured.

Using invitation card templates also ensures consistency in your event branding. If you're organizing a series of events or have a specific theme for your occasion, templates allow you to maintain a cohesive look throughout all your invitations. This consistency helps create a memorable experience for your guests and reinforces your event's identity.

In conclusion, invitation card templates have revolutionized the way we plan and design event invitations. They offer a wide range of options, save time and effort, and provide cost-effective solutions for creating professional-looking invitations. Whether you're organizing a wedding, birthday party, or corporate event, using templates can help you make a lasting impression on your guests. So, why not explore the world of invitation card templates and make your next event truly memorable?

Bridal Shower Favors: A Token of Appreciation for Your Guests

Bridal Shower Favors: A Token of Appreciation for Your Guests



A bridal shower is a special occasion where friends and family gather to celebrate the bride-to-be before her big day. It's a time filled with laughter, love, and anticipation. As a host, one of the ways you can show your appreciation to your guests is by giving them bridal shower favors. These small tokens of gratitude not only serve as a memento of the event but also add a personal touch to the celebration.

Bridal shower favors come in various shapes, sizes, and themes, allowing you to choose something that reflects the bride's personality and the overall theme of the event. From practical items to sentimental keepsakes, there are countless options to suit every budget and taste.

One popular choice for bridal shower favors is personalized items. Customized keychains, wine glasses, or compact mirrors with the bride's name or initials are not only practical but also serve as a reminder of the special day. Personalized favors add a unique touch and make each guest feel valued and appreciated.

Another option for bridal shower favors is edible treats. Miniature jars of homemade jam, personalized cookies, or small bags of candies are always a hit. Edible favors not only satisfy your guests' sweet tooth but also provide them with a delicious memory of the event. You can even get creative and match the treats to the wedding colors or theme.

If you're looking for something more sentimental, consider giving out small plants or succulents as favors. These living gifts symbolize growth, love, and new beginnings. Your guests can take them home and watch them flourish, just like the bride's love and happiness. Additionally, plants are eco-friendly and can be a great way to promote sustainability.

For a touch of elegance, consider giving out scented candles or bath bombs as bridal shower favors. These luxurious items create a relaxing and indulgent experience for your guests. You can choose scents that match the bride's preferences or opt for a variety of fragrances to cater to different tastes.

When selecting bridal shower favors, it's important to consider the practicality and usefulness of the items. You want your guests to be able to enjoy and appreciate the favors long after the event is over. Practical favors such as mini notebooks, keychains, or compact mirrors are not only thoughtful but also serve a purpose in their everyday lives.

Lastly, presentation is key when it comes to bridal shower favors. Consider packaging the favors in beautiful boxes, organza bags, or personalized gift tags. Adding a handwritten note or a small thank-you card can also make the favors more meaningful and heartfelt.

In conclusion, bridal shower favors are a wonderful way to express your gratitude to your guests for their presence and support. Whether you choose personalized items, edible treats, or sentimental keepsakes, these small tokens of appreciation add a special touch to the celebration. Remember to select favors that reflect the bride's personality and the overall theme of the event. With thoughtful and well-chosen favors, you can make your bridal shower an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

Wedding Cake Designs: A Sweet Reflection of Your Love Story

Wedding Cake Designs: A Sweet Reflection of Your Love Story



When it comes to planning a wedding, one of the most anticipated moments is the cutting of the cake. The wedding cake is not only a delicious treat for your guests but also a centerpiece that adds beauty and elegance to your reception. With a wide range of wedding cake designs available, you have the opportunity to create a confectionery masterpiece that reflects your unique love story.

Gone are the days when wedding cakes were limited to traditional white tiers with simple floral decorations. Today, couples have the freedom to choose from a plethora of designs, flavors, and styles that suit their personalities and wedding themes. From classic and elegant to modern and whimsical, the options are endless.

One popular trend in wedding cake designs is the use of intricate detailing. Delicate lace patterns, hand-painted designs, and sugar flowers are just a few examples of the exquisite details that can be incorporated into your cake. These intricate designs not only showcase the skill of the cake artist but also add a touch of sophistication and elegance to your reception.

Another trend that has gained popularity in recent years is the naked or semi-naked cake. These cakes feature minimal frosting, allowing the layers and fillings to be visible. The rustic and organic look of these cakes adds a charming and natural element to your wedding. They are often adorned with fresh flowers, berries, or fruits, creating a visually appealing and mouthwatering treat.

For couples who want to make a bold statement, geometric designs are a great choice. These cakes feature clean lines, sharp angles, and geometric shapes, adding a modern and contemporary touch to your wedding. Whether it's a hexagonal, triangular, or square-shaped cake, the geometric design is sure to impress your guests and make a lasting impression.

If you're a couple with a sense of humor or a love for all things whimsical, novelty cake designs are a perfect fit. These cakes can be shaped and decorated to resemble anything from your favorite movie characters to a stack of books or even a tropical paradise. Novelty cakes not only showcase your personality but also create a fun and memorable experience for your guests.

When it comes to flavors, wedding cakes have come a long way from the traditional vanilla and chocolate. Couples now have the option to choose from a wide range of flavors, including red velvet, lemon, salted caramel, and even exotic options like matcha or lavender. Some couples even opt for multiple flavors in different tiers, allowing their guests to enjoy a variety of tastes.

When selecting a wedding cake design, it's important to consider your wedding theme, color palette, and personal preferences. Consult with a professional cake designer who can guide you through the process and bring your vision to life. They can help you choose the right design, flavors, and decorations that align with your overall wedding aesthetic.

In conclusion, wedding cake designs have evolved to become a true reflection of a couple's love story and individuality. From intricate detailing to geometric shapes, there is a design to suit every couple's style and taste. The wedding cake is not only a delicious treat but also a work of art that adds beauty and elegance to your special day. So, let your imagination run wild and create a wedding cake that will be remembered and cherished for years to come.

Best Bridal Shower Gifts: Celebrating the Bride-to-Be in Style

Best Bridal Shower Gifts: Celebrating the Bride-to-Be in Style



A bridal shower is a special occasion where friends and family gather to shower the bride-to-be with love, support, and well wishes before her big day. It's a time to celebrate her upcoming marriage and help her prepare for this new chapter in her life. If you're attending a bridal shower and want to find the perfect gift, we've got you covered. Here are some of the best bridal shower gifts that are sure to make the bride feel loved and appreciated.

1. Personalized Keepsakes: Personalized gifts are always a hit at bridal showers. Consider getting the bride a customized piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or bracelet, with her initials or wedding date engraved. Other personalized options include monogrammed towels, robes, or a custom-made photo album filled with memories of the bride and her loved ones.

2. Spa or Pampering Treatments: Planning a wedding can be stressful, so why not treat the bride to some relaxation and self-care? Gift her a spa day or a massage package to help her unwind and rejuvenate. Alternatively, you can create a DIY spa basket filled with bath bombs, scented candles, face masks, and other pampering essentials for her to enjoy at home.

3. Kitchen Gadgets and Appliances: If the bride loves to cook or is starting a new home, kitchen gadgets and appliances make practical and thoughtful gifts. Consider gifting her a high-quality blender, a stand mixer, or a set of professional-grade cookware. You can also opt for unique and useful kitchen tools like a spiralizer, a gourmet spice set, or a personalized cutting board.

4. Honeymoon Essentials: Help the bride prepare for her honeymoon by gifting her some essentials. A stylish beach bag, a set of matching luggage, or a travel-sized toiletry kit are all great options. You can also consider giving her a gift card for a romantic dinner at a local restaurant or a couples' massage at a resort.

5. Date Night Experiences: Encourage the bride and her partner to enjoy some quality time together by gifting them a date night experience. This could be a cooking class, a wine tasting tour, or tickets to a concert or theater show. Experiences create lasting memories and allow the couple to bond and relax before their wedding day.

6. Subscription Boxes: Subscription boxes are a popular trend and make for unique and ongoing gifts. There are various options available, such as monthly wine or cheese subscriptions, beauty boxes, or even a book club membership. Choose a subscription that aligns with the bride's interests and hobbies, and she'll receive a delightful surprise every month.

7. Wedding Planning Assistance: Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, so offering your help and support can be a priceless gift. Offer to assist with specific tasks, such as addressing invitations, creating wedding favors, or organizing the seating chart. Your time and effort will be greatly appreciated, and it will alleviate some of the stress for the bride.

Remember, the best bridal shower gifts are those that come from the heart and show the bride that you care. Consider her personality, interests, and needs when selecting a gift. Whether it's a personalized keepsake, a pampering treat, or a practical item for her new home, your thoughtful gesture will make the bride feel loved and cherished as she embarks on this new chapter in her life.

Bridal Shower Favors: Small Tokens of Appreciation for a Memorable Celebration

Bridal Shower Favors: Small Tokens of Appreciation for a Memorable Celebration


A bridal shower is a special occasion where friends and family gather to celebrate the bride-to-be before her wedding day. It's a time filled with love, laughter, and anticipation. As a host or guest, one way to show your appreciation to the attendees is by giving out bridal shower favors. These small tokens of gratitude not only serve as a memento of the event but also add a personal touch to the celebration.

Bridal shower favors come in various shapes, sizes, and themes, allowing you to choose something that reflects the bride's personality and the overall theme of the event. From practical items to sentimental keepsakes, there are countless options to suit every budget and taste.

One popular choice for bridal shower favors is personalized items. Customized keychains, wine glasses, or compact mirrors with the bride's name or initials are not only practical but also serve as a reminder of the special day. Personalized favors add a unique touch and make each guest feel valued and appreciated.

Another option for bridal shower favors is edible treats. Miniature jars of homemade jam, personalized cookies, or small bags of candies are always a hit. Edible favors not only satisfy your guests' sweet tooth but also provide them with a delicious memory of the event. You can even get creative and match the treats to the wedding colors or theme.

If you're looking for something more sentimental, consider giving out small plants or succulents as favors. These living gifts symbolize growth, love, and new beginnings. Your guests can take them home and watch them flourish, just like the bride's love and happiness. Additionally, plants are eco-friendly and can be a great way to promote sustainability.

For a touch of elegance, consider giving out scented candles or bath bombs as bridal shower favors. These luxurious items create a relaxing and indulgent experience for your guests. You can choose scents that match the bride's preferences or opt for a variety of fragrances to cater to different tastes.

When selecting bridal shower favors, it's important to consider the practicality and usefulness of the items. You want your guests to be able to enjoy and appreciate the favors long after the event is over. Practical favors such as mini notebooks, keychains, or compact mirrors are not only thoughtful but also serve a purpose in their everyday lives.

Lastly, presentation is key when it comes to bridal shower favors. Consider packaging the favors in beautiful boxes, organza bags, or personalized gift tags. Adding a handwritten note or a small thank-you card can also make the favors more meaningful and heartfelt.

In conclusion, bridal shower favors are a wonderful way to express your gratitude to your guests for their presence and support. Whether you choose personalized items, edible treats, or sentimental keepsakes, these small tokens of appreciation add a special touch to the celebration. Remember to select favors that reflect the bride's personality and the overall theme of the event. With thoughtful and well-chosen favors, you can make your bridal shower an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

Breaking the Ice: Games and Activities for Wedding Toasts

 Wedding Toast Activities


Giving a toast is a responsibility that puts fear in the speaking hearts of most members of a wedding party. While it's not usually something that is particularly long or involved, it's public speaking (which doesn't sit well with many people) and really puts people on the spot.


If you are planning a wedding and know that most members of this wedding party are hams who won't mind the whole "public speaking" thing, then by all means keep the toasts traditional with dad, the best man and others taking their expected turns at the microphone.


But if you're looking for something different, either because you want to save putting people on the spot, or you simply want to do something different and fun, read on. 


First, you can certainly take the whole toast thing off the agenda if you wish. There are no rules requiring a toast at any wedding. Weddings should be unique events and reflect the personalities of the bride and groom. 


But if you want to do something a little different, there are options. You can go the video route, which asks people to essentially make a toast on camera and then the video is given to the bride and groom later. This isn't a particularly unique idea, but it does solve the issue of not wanting to put people on the spot and still gives everyone a chance to say something special to the bride and groom. 


If your guest list includes many outgoing people then consider "pass the microphone". This can work in several ways. You can either be silly with it, or deadly serious. Most people like silly. Say dad takes the microphone first. His last name ends with T (so, let's say dad's last name is Smith). He must find someone whose first name begins with a T (Tom? Tony? Tina? Theresa?) and pass the microphone to that person, who then gives a toast.


This method of giving toasts does put people on the spot (certainly before the fun begins you can warn them so if they are really uncomfortable, they can escape to the restroom or bar) but it can also be a lot of fun. Getting people when they least expect it and then asking them to remember something funny or meaningful about the bride and groom can result in interesting, funny and truthful results.


You might also decide that one person at each table be required to give a toast. Number the tables and at various intervals, have the MC or DJ call a number, which will require guests at that table to decide amongst themselves who will give the toast at that table. Certainly, more than one person can if they like, but there will likely be at least one ham at each table who will enjoy standing up and toasting the newlyweds.


Say you have plenty of public speakers in the group, and finding willing toast participants won't be a problem. But you think the subject matter might be. There's an easy solution to this problem. You can provide open-ended topics for the toast speakers. Say you are providing an "open mike" toast arrangement, where anyone can request the microphone and offer a toast. The DJ, MC or someone else in the wedding party (perhaps the maid of honor or best man) can offer the speaker a surprise topic, which might be pulled from a champagne flute or drawn out of the floral arrangement on the head table. There might be slips of paper to choose, or just one sheet of paper with several ideas.


The speaker might choose to finish this sentence, "I remember when (groom's name here) was a little boy, he always ..." or answer this question, "When was (insert bride's name here) at her silliest? Tell us the story". You might have to give each speaker a minute or two to collect their thoughts, but you're sure to have some interesting stories, some unique anecdotes and some different perspectives on the bride and groom.

How to Make Your Wedding Guest Book Activity Unique and Memorable

 Wedding Guest Book Activities


Traditional brides don't have to have traditional guest books. Certainly you can purchase a standard guest book and ask your guests to sign it, but there are so many more guest book-like activities that are more unique.


Let's move from the popular to the less well known. One very popular option allows guests to sign a picture of the bride and groom. Simply take a picture of the bride and groom and have it matted in a mat several inches larger than the photo itself. Place a frame around this, but don't include the glass or Plexiglas frame. You'll add this later. Some people prefer to use "bulldog" clips to keep the mat together instead of putting the picture in the frame. The picture can be framed after the wedding.


Most couples choose a nice photo of themselves for this picture/guestbook option, although if there's a formal engagement photo, this is an excellent way to preserve that photo and show it off to friends and family. If photos are taken before the wedding with the bride and groom in their wedding attire, you can certainly use this photo. Many couples opt to either leave the mat empty or they place a temporary picture in the mat and add a wedding picture later. 


Be sure to have a nice Sharpie marker handy and place the picture on either a sturdy easel or on a table where guests are sure to see it.


Another option is instead of providing a picture of the bride and groom to sign, the guests are provided with a picture of themselves! Simply provide a Polaroid camera and assign someone the job of taking pictures of the guests as they arrive at the reception. Once the picture is dry, provide a Sharpie and they can sign the picture, make a note to the bride and groom or hand draw a silly picture. It can be whatever the guest wants it to be. This is a unique, and personal, way for guests to "sign in" at the wedding. 


Whoever handles the taking of the pictures should also handle putting them in an album of some sort. A scrap booker might provide a special memory book with the Polaroid pictures in it, or the pictures can simply be placed in a nice album and presented later to the bride and groom.


Many guests don't give a great deal of thought to the guest book. They whiz by the guest book table more concerned with getting their cocktail and hitting the dance floor. If this is a concern, provide a "traveling" guest book. Send each guest something either to sign or decorate before the wedding.


In this "traveling" guest book scenario, there are several options. One of the easiest is to send each guest a small piece of paper and ask them to write something meaningful or thoughtful for the bride and groom on it. The pieces of paper are returned prior to the wedding (to ensure a better response, provide a self-addressed stamped envelope with the paper) and can be compiled in some meaningful way for the bride and groom and presented to them on their wedding day.


If the guest list is a creative or particularly close group, there is one other option that is even more meaningful. Again, in a scrapbook fashion, send each guest a piece of paper to sign or decorate. The paper should be the size of a photo album, so it might be a 6 x 6 piece of paper, an 8 x 8 piece of paper, or even 12 x 12, if the guests are up to that larger size. 


In a letter that arrives with the paper, the guests are instructed to create a memory page for the bride and groom. They might include photos, quotes, little anecdotal stories, or combine all of these with stickers or embellishments. It's thoughtful, meaningful and personal and it's an excellent way to include guests who might not be able to attend the wedding, but would still like to be a part of it.

How To Keep The Celebration Going With Post-Wedding Activities

 Post Wedding Activities


For many couples, the wedding is not over once the reception is. Depending on the location of the wedding and the couple's relationship with their families, often there are other activities that follow the main event.


One of the most obvious is a breakfast the day following the wedding. This is a time for everyone to touch base with each other, check in on how everyone did and perhaps share memories of the night before. This breakfast activity can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Some people like to have this breakfast at a relative's house because that is friendly and familiar and more conducive to everyone hanging out and enjoying themselves. It can be potluck style or catered. You can also meet up at a restaurant.


Many families like to have the bride and groom open presents the day after the wedding. There are many who believe the bride and groom are required to open presents in the presence of family for good luck. In that case, building in the opening of presents is essential. This can be a simple gathering of friends and family or you can turn the present opening into an all-out activity, where each item is opened, demonstrated or displayed and discussed in great detail.


Opening gifts doesn't have to a dry activity. You can add some silly fun. How about starting with the smallest and moving to the largest gifts? Or working in the reverse order? You might even create a game. Everyone has to guess what's in each gift prior to its being opened. (Of course, people can't guess on their on gifts.) Someone can be in charge of keeping a tally and whoever gets the most right, wins a small prize.


The women in the bride's family might want to help her pack up her gown (or send it to the dry cleaners) and preserve her wedding bouquet. This can easily be done at home and the women (particularly those who are crafty) might want to get started on preserving the flowers as well.


In the crafty light, some brides might want to plan a scrapbook party for after the wedding. You won't have photos back from the photographer, but you can scrapbook many other wedding events, such as pre-events like manicures, various parties and the candid photos take by wedding guests the night before. More than being focused on the photos, this activity gives the women a chance to reflect on the events of the wedding, laugh at all the fun ties and journal and preserve memories before some are lost. It will also help the bride feel as if she's partly in control of all those photos before she leaves on her honeymoon and takes yet more photos.


If gifts were opened on this "day after the wedding", crafty groups might want to make thank you cards. Choose a design long before the wedding, perhaps even making a prototype as well. Then have all the supplies on hand and give everyone good ideas about how the cards should be made. Even the men can get on this act, helping to fold the cards, perhaps handling any computer work and even getting their fingers on glue and scissors. Send the bride and groom off with these homemade cards so when they get back from their honeymoon, all they have to do is jot off a quick note.


Some brides and grooms plan activities the day fter the wedding that are designed to help everyone calm down, relax and unwind after what has likely been a busy weekend. In this light, you can plan a picnic at the park and bring along games to play. You might pack a football, a volleyball net or items to play baseball. You might bring along water guns or a dartboard. Whatever it is, the idea here is to have some fun and blow off steam. Make your own rules when playing the games. It really doesn't matter. Today is about relaxing, unwinding and spending some quality time with friends and family before the special weekend is over. 


Shake Things Up: Outdoor Wedding Reception Activities To Delight Your Guests

 Outdoor Wedding Reception Activities


If you are having your wedding reception out of doors, that opens the door for many activities that would be hard to pull off indoors. You can plan games and activities based on the outdoor theme and carry that theme indoors if part of the reception is inside as well.


Depending on where the reception will be held, you can plan many activities based on the setting. Whether it is the park or on a farm, there are a myriad of activities you can plan.


Let's start with some basics based on popular wedding locations. One fun game for a winery wedding is a blindfolded wine tasting game. If the bride and groom are wine drinkers, this might not a game the bride and groom should be a part of, but instead guests and wedding party members. Blindfold perhaps a half dozen volunteers and have them do a blind taste test (provide something to clean the palate between sips). The volunteers should guess which wine is the pinot noir, which is the Cabernet, and so on. A bottle of wine is the obvious prize for the winner of this game.


Say you are having a reception at a country club on a golf course. It's possible your theme will include golf elements, so why not include golf in some reception activities or games? You certainly could head to the golf course for a "hole in one" contest, or have a driving contest to see which guest has the best stroke. As a simple, "who gets the centerpiece game", you could have people guess how many golf balls there are in the floral centerpiece (which could decorate a plain large glass vase filled with flowers). Similarly, there could be a large vase or other clear container filled with golf balls at the reception somewhere and guests could guess how many golf balls are in the vase.


A silly game could be made on the dance floor by asking everyone to include their best golf swing into their dancing for one particular song.


Now, if your reception and ceremony are both to be held outdoors and guests will be milling outdoors, think about games or activities that can take place outdoors and still keep to your level of formality or informality. For example, if the reception is being held at a park, perhaps guests might enjoy a "walk down memory lane". Prior to the reception, someone can use potted plants or arbors to create a little private lane, which guests can walk through. Along the path, guests will find pictures of the bride and groom at various stages in their lives. There should be a place for guests to record their thoughts and memories along the way as well.


If your wedding and reception are fairly casual, you can always tell guests ahead of time to prepare for a ball game or some other fun outdoor activity. Women can bring a pair of sneakers. Just imagine the fun photos you'll get out of a rousing game of football or baseball played by women in dresses and sneakers and men in suits and sneakers!


You can provide a challenge activity involving barefoot dancing in the grass or a Frisbee toss in the backyard. Is there a pool in the yard where the reception will be held? Why not have a swimming activity for after the whole of the reception is done? 

Why Titanium Wedding Rings Are A Great Option For Your Big Day

One of the hottest trends in marital rings is the titanium wedding band. There is good reason for the interest in this attractive metal for the purpose of making jewelry but there are even better reasons for choosing a titanium wedding band. The symbolic meaning behind the rings and the natural properties of the metal make the material the perfect choice for newlyweds.


A titanium wedding band has unusual properties not shared by its gold, silver and platinum counterparts. The material is remarkably light but it is quite strong. The combination of lightweight materials and strength is really appealing to many who dislike wearing jewelry. Just about everyone knows someone who hates to wear jewelry of any kind. Purchasing wedding rings for these individuals can pose a great challenge.


My husband always felt annoyed when he wore his father’s gold ring. The item seemed to weigh down on his fingers and he was sensitive to the odd pressure the jewelry pushed on his skin. The irritation was really obvious and he wore the sentimental item briefly and on rare occasions. This made me decide to shop around for an alternative to the traditional gold marriage rings.


The titanium wedding band was the perfect choice for us because its lightweight nature made the ring wearable. My husband doesn’t even realize that he is wearing the ring and this is a real benefit for him. He finds heavy jewelry to be burdensome and distracting especially when he is trying to work. The titanium wedding band is nearly invisible to his sense of touch.


The metal is also very masculine as well. The color to the titanium wedding band is not quite as lustrous and shiny as its gold and silver counterparts. The finished product resembles brushed stainless steel rather than shimmering metal. This is a really attractive feature for a lot of guys who don’t really like to sparkle.


Those who do want some shine might want to consider browsing through some of the different options this metal has to offer. We were really attracted to the black titanium wedding band but the color was just too dark for the ring. However, the polished material is really eye-catching especially in the light.


The black titanium wedding band offers a glass-like finish that resembles a dark mirror. I was so drawn to this particular style that I decided to purchase a black ring for my husband’s other hand. He actually likes to wear this jewelry.  


Unique Pre-Wedding Reception Activities to Make Your Wedding Stand Out

 Pre Wedding Reception Activities


There are so many little details to worry about when planning a wedding some might get forgotten. One tiny detail that often gets overlooked is how to keep guests entertained before the wedding reception "officially" begins.


There is no requirement that brides entertain their guests at all. After all, they have already attended your wedding ceremony (which was surely engaging and entertaining, right?) and they will soon get music, food and drink. What more could they want? It turns out, a lot. While the bride and groom are off having pictures taken, the guests are left to their own devices, chatting with other guests and wondering when the buffet will open. 


In that light, it's worth at least considering some pre-reception options for keeping wedding guests entertained until the reception begins. Here are a few options, some tradition, some not so, but still fun.


First, you can do the traditional thing and provide guests with drinks and perhaps some light snacks. If the wedding is in the summertime, how about providing lemonade and iced tea? Or if it's the winter, coffee and hot tea or even hot cocoa depending on the style of your wedding. Providing a light snack isn't a bad idea, either, and that can be some appetizer-type food or just nuts, especially if the meal will be heavy.


Now, if you want to stray from tradition, there are many options. Some brides opt for entertaining the guests in the truest sense of the word. Clowns, anyone? How about live music?  


If you want to venture into the fun and funky, consult the party planning pages of a local children's or parent's magazine. Here, you can find people who will entertain your children at their birthday parties, but many of them will happily take on wedding jobs. You can hire a clown to make balloon animals for the kids (and adults) in attendance, or to juggle a few things. Some clowns are true entertainers and will happily get the crowd involved by fetching items out of women's purses and juggling them. 


Other non-traditional options for entertaining your guests include hiring a band to play music beforehand. If you plan to have classical music at your wedding, you can have a band come and play covers of current pop songs, or you can simply have your hired band arrive a bit early to entertain guests waiting for the full reception to begin. 


If there are many children at the wedding, it's not too expensive to hire a children's band to sing and entertain the children for a bit. Then if the kids are a bit bored at the reception, they'll still have the memory of the earlier entertainment with them. In addition, while the children are being entertained, the adults can have a chance to chat and they will surely thank the bride for thinking of them in that way.


Some other options for entertaining your restless crowd before the festivities begin are to include them in the reception before it begins. This is a great time to ask people to sign the guest book and write something meaningful, since they will have more time than they would usually have as they file into the reception hall.


If the reception and the wedding ceremony take place in the same location, but the bride and groom are off having pictures taken, it may not seem as if there's this dilemma of how to keep the guests entertained, but there in fact, is.


In this case, you can have servers circulate with appetizer trays or you can do something more elaborate, such as some of the suggestions above. One popular option doesn't involve entertaining the guests at all. Say the wedding is being held at a historic house or mansion. During the lull before the reception, guests can be given a tour of the property. If the wedding and reception are both being held at the couple's new home, a tour of the property might be in order (assuming the guest list is fairly small). 


How To Make Your Wedding Memorable With Creative Outdoor Wedding Reception Activities

 Outdoor Wedding Reception Activities


If you are having your wedding reception out of doors, that opens the door for many activities that would be hard to pull off indoors. You can plan games and activities based on the outdoor theme and carry that theme indoors if part of the reception is inside as well.


Depending on where the reception will be held, you can plan many activities based on the setting. Whether it is the park or on a farm, there are a myriad of activities you can plan.


Let's start with some basics based on popular wedding locations. One fun game for a winery wedding is a blindfolded wine tasting game. If the bride and groom are wine drinkers, this might not a game the bride and groom should be a part of, but instead guests and wedding party members. Blindfold perhaps a half dozen volunteers and have them do a blind taste test (provide something to clean the palate between sips). The volunteers should guess which wine is the pinot noir, which is the Cabernet, and so on. A bottle of wine is the obvious prize for the winner of this game.


Say you are having a reception at a country club on a golf course. It's possible your theme will include golf elements, so why not include golf in some reception activities or games? You certainly could head to the golf course for a "hole in one" contest, or have a driving contest to see which guest has the best stroke. As a simple, "who gets the centerpiece game", you could have people guess how many golf balls there are in the floral centerpiece (which could decorate a plain large glass vase filled with flowers). Similarly, there could be a large vase or other clear container filled with golf balls at the reception somewhere and guests could guess how many golf balls are in the vase.


A silly game could be made on the dance floor by asking everyone to include their best golf swing into their dancing for one particular song.


Now, if your reception and ceremony are both to be held outdoors and guests will be milling outdoors, think about games or activities that can take place outdoors and still keep to your level of formality or informality. For example, if the reception is being held at a park, perhaps guests might enjoy a "walk down memory lane". Prior to the reception, someone can use potted plants or arbors to create a little private lane, which guests can walk through. Along the path, guests will find pictures of the bride and groom at various stages in their lives. There should be a place for guests to record their thoughts and memories along the way as well.


If your wedding and reception are fairly casual, you can always tell guests ahead of time to prepare for a ball game or some other fun outdoor activity. Women can bring a pair of sneakers. Just imagine the fun photos you'll get out of a rousing game of football or baseball played by women in dresses and sneakers and men in suits and sneakers!


You can provide a challenge activity involving barefoot dancing in the grass or a Frisbee toss in the backyard. Is there a pool in the yard where the reception will be held? Why not have a swimming activity for after the whole of the reception is done?