5 Ideas for Planning An Offbeat Wedding Reception

 Planning an offbeat wedding is as easy as putting a new spin on traditional ideas. Check out these five ideas for creating your offbeat wedding reception.


Wedding ceremonies and receptions can start to feel the same after a while, so brides and grooms are choosing to breathe new life into traditional ideas. Being an offbeat bride doesn't mean that all tradition and meaning needs to be tossed out the window. Rather, adding an element of the unexpected adds a personal touch that both wedding guests and the bridal party will remember for years to come. The following offbeat wedding ideas can add an element of surprise to the traditional aspects of a wedding.


1. Serve Individual Wedding Cakes - Mini Cakes or Cup Cakes


A unique twist on the tradition of serving wedding cake is one of the easiest ways to make your wedding a little more offbeat. Some brides and grooms have served cupcakes, created a candy buffet, or served up a dessert bar as wedding cake alternatives. Individual wedding cakes, however, are one of the easiest and most interesting ways to put a new twist on an old wedding tradition.


Most bakeries are happy to accompany the request for mini wedding cakes. After all, they are similar to cupcakes in size and the amount of effort required. The individual wedding cakes can be made in a variety of colors that match the overall theme of the wedding, or they can be made in a wide variety of flavors to choose from. Individual wedding cakes not only look great, but they also make guests feel special.


2. Display Unique and Eye-catching Wedding Centerpieces


Centerpieces at the reception often go overlooked. As a part of the overall reception decoration, the centerpieces should blend in a while, also making each table look like a part of the overall design. Most couples opt for floral centerpieces that match the flowers used within the wedding party. However, a little creativity can turn a boring centerpiece into a unique display of design.


Instead of using the same flowers as the bride had in the bouquet, try branching out. That is, use tree branches in pots as the centerpiece, and hang coordinating floral pomanders from the branches. Simply spray paint branches a color that matches the theme of the wedding and allow to dry. Then, position the branches in floral foam, gluing them in place if necessary. Finally, hang the pomanders, available from any wedding florist, from the branches. The visual is both beautiful and a little bit different from the average wedding.


3. Make a Point to Go Local for Your Wedding


One of the easiest ways to get out of the traditional wedding cycle is to find ways to use local vendors at the wedding and the reception. While many couples feel they have to use the big names in the wedding industry to save money, going local can often be even less expensive in the long run. Use local florists to create in-season bouquets to save money on expensive shipping costs. Or, buy boxes of fruit from a local orchard to use in centerpieces or as wedding favors. Choose a local seamstress for wedding attire alterations. Another way to incorporate a local vibe into the wedding is to have the catering done by a popular local restaurant. Not only does the business appreciate the business, they appreciate the additional exposure, as well.


4. Create a Signature Nightcap


Creating a signature cocktail for the wedding reception is nothing new, but this modern tradition can be kept fresh by creating a signature "goodnight drink" instead. Give your guests a late-night boost with a coffee-laced cocktail or a signature drink with tea. Bringing out a signature nightcap drink at the end of an evening also serves as a way to show the guests that the evening is winding down.


5. Go Low-tech for Your Wedding


While high-tech happenings may seem to have the highest likelihood of impressing guests, going the low-tech route can have an impact, as well. Forgo the slide show in lieu of a display of nicely framed photographs. Choose an old school dance hall over the overpriced modern art museum. Choosing to go low-tech often means less work and less money, as well.


Regardless of which ways the bride and groom choose to make their wedding unique, the day should be about their individual style. The event should reflect who they are as individuals, as well as who they are as a couple. Putting a unique spin on traditions that are most important to them is just one way to make a special day even more memorable.



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