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Wedding reception

DIY : wedding cupcakes stand

DIY cupcakes stand

Find out how you can make your own cupcake stand and how to make it look perfect for a wedding day.

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Find your dream place for a perfect wedding day

wedding reception hall

Finding the perfect place to host the wedding you're dreaming of, is an important key to a perfect day. It is worth giving it some time and some thoughts before hand.

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The welcome bag revealed

A welcome to our wedding present

The welcome bag revealed ! What is that ? What is it made of ? What do you put inside ?

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Latest catering Trends 2011: what style to match your wedding?

buffetAt a wedding, catering is often provided by whoever is holding the reception. Some venues offer full three-course meals, sometimes more, while others provide buffet style food. Ultimately it is the choice of the newly-weds on what their catering needs might be.

Buffet style foods are becoming increasingly popular in wedding circles. This is perhaps due to the fact of it being a more sociable way to eat. A sit down three-course lunch means you are socialising just with those who have been seated at your table. With a buffet, your wedding guests mingle while selecting their foods, they can sit anywhere to enjoy the food they have picked and can chat to whomever they choose, allowing for a much more relaxed environment. Banquet style seating arrangements are also becoming more popular over individual table arrangements of six to eight persons.

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Cupcakes for your wedding

Whether you want contemporary or traditional wedding cakes, a delicious chocolate cake, you will always find the perfect center piece to suit your wishes. Wedding cakes are really a piece of art that add elegance to your wedding reception. You can find wonderful designs to match your wedding feel and each of them are real creations. However, if you want something different and want to add a distinctive touch to your wedding, why not think of wedding cupcakes! 

These last years have seen a growing demand for these little muffin sized cakes in wedding celebrations.  You can have cupcakes in lieu or with the wedding cake for your reception. As they come in individual size, they are very simple to serve and you will not need additional staff to cut the wedding cake.
The words Cupcakes or fairy cakes, which is a fanciful description of its size, come from the early 19th century when cakes were baked in individual pottery cups.
These sweet treats taste very good and you can be sure your guests will be delighted with this dessert, it will also be easy to match your cupcakes with your wedding colours and decorations.

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What about a wedding magician to entertain your guests?

Weddings are magical occasions for all involved but to bring that extra spark of enchantment, you should look into hiring a magician" to perform at your wedding reception. Here are 5 great reasons to hire a magician. Wedding Entertainment Ideas: 5 Great Reasons to Have a Magician at Your Wedding When it comes to organising your wedding party, you have a wide range of options. You could have a simple event or a themed party, perhaps featuring 60s, beach, Bond, or medieval themes. Or you could have a casino or celebrity look a like. As for decor you could feature an ice sculpture or chocolate fountain.

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How to make sure your guests will have a good time?

A couple having funYou have a wedding underway and you have already booked for the wedding venue, found your photographer and even your Big Day attire. You may be very excited by this event and there might be many other elements you have to plan before it comes. Everything is now in good progress, you are prepared with food you are going to serve, table plans for your reception, but have you thought about how you will entertain your guests?

Obviously, your wedding will be a memorable day for your closest friends and family, but it's also up to you to make

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Draw up your seating plan

Head table for the newly weds and families

Sorting out your seating plan depends on the guests who will attend your wedding. It might sound a very complicated task for weds to-be as it requires tact and good knowledge of the guests: the ones they like and the ones they don't get on with. This is why some couples prefer unassigned seating, where guests will be happy to sit where they please, taking good care to tell them where family table positions are located. However this solution might seem a little too risky if it is a large event. So, if you want to store a seating arrangement, try to put people according to their age group, but pay attention to small details such as older members who don't like to be regarded as such and teenagers who don't want to be seated with young children.To help relieve some of the stress, you should try to put families together, work colleagues together, group of old friends...If you need some help to assign pleasant dining companions to all your guests, don't hesitate to ask your parents, since they are most likely to know sensitive family issues, they will help you to figure out compatible people and long lasting enemies in order to avoid miserable experience for them on your Big Day.

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Wedding Cocktail hour

Wedding cocktail hour

The wedding toast to newly weds is the moment that occurs after the civil ceremony and before the wedding reception. Often made like a welcome cocktail, it allows the newly weds to thank their relatives who have attended the marriage ceremony but who may not have been  invited to continue the celebrations with them. Usually a buffet is displayed with hors d'oeuvre, cheese and crackers etc... Traditionally, dry champagne is served for the toast or even wedding punch. You can also think of cocktails alcohol- juice or alcohol- fizzy drinks. But remember that it is important to have drinks flowing and pay attention to mix with lot of non-alcoholic drinks to avoid your guests being merry too early.

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Drinks

DrinksVery essential to accompany the wedding breakfast and quench your guests' thirst, the drinks have to be chosen carefully and in the right proportion. It would be too bad to have a miserable experience on your wedding day with few drunk guests. If you know you will have heavy drinkers, make sure you appoint somebody to supervise the quantity of alcohol that is flowing.

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Wedding cakes and desserts

Wedding cake

The wedding dessert can be served on a buffet and may include the wedding cake, chocolate fountains, petits four, iced sugared cookies, ice cream... The wedding cake is the major part of the desert, the special moment to end your meal on a high note and delight your guests. There are different types of wedding cakes: the croquembouche that originates in France, made up with choux buns and filled with cream and peanut brittle, the traditional  fruit cake with thick icing and chocolate cakes. It is advised to display at least two varieties of very different dessert your guests can choose from.

If you really want to impress your guests, then you may personalize your wedding cake with your monogram on it. Some cake designers can make wonderful novelty cakes.

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