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Wedding reception

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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DIY wedding buffet

Buffet

Your guests are not too tied on traditions and you want to make something simple and relax wedding ambiance: you can make everything yourself (of course with the good help of your family and friends to prepare the food and the drinks!). The most important thing to bare in mind is that you will need a very good organization and plan ahead. This might be an additional stress while planning your Big Day program which is already very tough. The first thing to do is to delegate some tasks to your trustworthy relatives and detail your expectations. Usually, friends are delighted to give some help whether it is to serve the food or to prepare the food. It's a way for them to be part of this unique event and  give you some support. So you can fully rely on them.

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Choosing the right caterer

Wedding BuffetGenerally, you choose your caterer after selecting the venue of your wedding reception. The caterer will have to know exactly the type of the venue where you have decide upon to figure out how he can layout the necessary equipment. Sometimes, you may also find a caterer who will recommend you few venues where he is used to work. The good thing will be to take advantage of a package that will stay within your budget. However, if you are on  a tight budget, you'd better choose the venue on your own.
 

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Choosing your wedding venue

Wedding reception

There is a great variety of wedding venues to satisfy you and match your style :

● Romantic wedding venues : castle, country house, historic house...

● Marquee wedding venues :  gardens, outdoor space, farmhouse...

● Practical : restaurant, pub, room hire with all inclusive menu...

● Small budget : hire a pub room, social club reception, wedding hall

● Unusual : circus, boat, theme park, museum, film location...

 

Once you have decided on your wedding style, you will have to consider several details before selecting your venue :

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