6 Quirky Ideas To Craft Up Your Wedding Reception

Whether you’re on a budget or simply love arts and crafts, making your own trinkets and decorations for your wedding reception is a great idea and could save you some money as well. There’s a whole wealth of things you can do to brighten up your big day and with sites such as Craft Superstore providing a range of well-priced materials you’ll have everything you need and more to get started.
In need of inspiration? Then check out these six quirky ideas:

 

  • Make your own table centrepieces

    If you want to impress your guests and make your wedding the most-talked about event of the year, then why not make your own centrepiece? You’ll find plenty of great ideas online, but if you’re looking for something simple yet effective how about wrapping candles in the sheet music of your favourite romantic songs – you could even include your first dance tune? Hold it in place with decorative ribbon, display on a candle stand and you’ll have a simple yet effective design.

  • Create a romantic crescent moon and star photo booth
    Photo booths are popular at big events, but if you don’t want to pay a fortune for a professional service, you could always create your very own star and crescent moon photo backdrop? To do this, simply cut foam board into a large crescent shape, spray it with glue and cover the entire thing with gold/silver glitter. Do the same for around 3-4 stars and leave everything to dry before hanging with fishing wire.

 

  • Knock up some big day bunting
    Bunting is a great way to brighten up any party, but you can also transform a traditional decoration into something more practical – a vibrant and quirky seating plan. To do this, simply choose paper to match the colour-theme of your wedding and cut it into triangular flaps before securing to a long length on twine – tips on how to get things just right can be found here. Next, write the name of a guest and their table number on each flag (bearing in mind you might need to put several names and numbers on one flag if you’ve a large wedding party) and let your friends and family hunt for where they will be sitting.

    Bunting

 

  • Create personalised wine labels
    Placing wine on each table is common at most weddings, but you could always do something different by popping a personalised Mr & Mrs label on each of the bottles. There are many online sites that will customise a design for you or you could simply print off your favourite photographs onto sticky-back paper and take your guests for a walk back down memory lane, with a host of fun images. Customise each bottle to include snaps of the guests sat at each table and you’re sure to get a lot of laughs.

 

  • Pin the tail on the donkey
    Okay, so this might seem a bit off the wall at a wedding, but if you want to bring a bit of fun to your reception, this is a great way to do it. Both kids and adults alike will love this nostalgic party game and it’ll give you the chance to draw or paint a donkey onto cardboard and decorate it in any way you please. The wackier the better, so don’t be afraid to use beads, sequins, brightly coloured paper and anything else that takes your fancy.

 

  • Make your own guest chalkboard
    Many couples choose to have a guestbook at their big day, but if you’d like guests to record personal messages in a more unique way, think about laying down some adhesive chalkboard roll in a quiet area of your reception venue (i.e. not on the dance floor where people might get trampled) alongside a pot of chalk pens. That way, your nearest and dearest can take time out to write something special and at the end of the night you can roll the chalkboard up, take it home and display it at home.

A wedding with lots of unique features will always be memorable, so it’s well worth giving some of these fun ideas a go.

How To Plan And Organise The Ultimate Engagement Party

wedding party games

An engagement party is like any other get together but you could also use it as a clever way of testing out certain themes, décor, or food you are considering having on your wedding day. So here’s a quick guide on how to plan and organise the ultimate engagement party:

1. When?

The timing of your engagement party is important. Have your party at least a year before the wedding so it isn’t too close to the big day or as soon as possible if you want to surprise guests with the news.

2. Where?

Traditionally, engagement parties are held at the home of the bride-to-be’s parents but you could go all out and hire a venue. Your local pub, restaurant or even the hall where you are considering the reception are all good options.
Or why not be really adventurous and hire something unusual such as a party bus, where you are driven around as music plays, disco lights flash and you and your guests can have a dance and get to know each other?
It might not necessarily be the older generation’s idea of a party venue, but we’re sure your Aunt can postpone her trip to Mecca Bingo for one evening (you and your bridesmaids can take her for a more subdued hen party at a later date) and let her hair down.

3. What?

The logistics of planning a party can get on top of you so don’t over do it with the guest list.
In fact, as a general rule, only invite people to your engagement party, hen and stag parties and any other wedding related event if they are coming to the whole day. It will save any awkwardness later when you send out invitations.
Serve up mini cakes with flavours you are considering for the big day dessert.
Put together a playlist of you and your partner’s favourite songs; they don’t have to be love songs just ones that you both enjoy and that bring back memories.
Get guests to play the Proposal Game. Hand out cards featuring a story of how he proposed but with words missing for guests to fill in, you’ll both have fun reading their responses later. Find the instructions here.
Have plenty of champagne ready. Guests will probably bring some too but look into buying a case so the bubbly doesn’t run out half way through the night – you are celebrating after all!
Don’t forget to take pictures. If you know someone with a good camera get them to take some nice shots of you and your partner and of all your family and friends, or you could even hire a photographer for an hour when the party is in full swing.
Make sure you take a moment while partying to have a cuddle with your partner and remind yourselves that you are at your engagement party. You’re getting married! Congratulations!

Remember:

An engagement party is probably the first time your families and some friendship groups will meet each other so be ready to introduce people repeatedly and cringe when your Dad breaks out his signature moves after a few drinks.
Have some essential things on hand: tissues, aspirin, taxi numbers and bottles of water. It wouldn’t hurt to have some sleeping arrangements set up too, just in case people want to crash at your house if you are holding the party at home.
Finally, remember to have fun. Your engagement party is almost a test run for the big day, so see what works, who gets on (and who doesn’t) and let it guide you when it comes to planning the actual wedding.

Flowers and plants that say ‘I love you’

Purple silk wedding flowers

The language of flowers can be complex. It’s not enough to simply buy a bouquet of red roses and expect the recipient to instantly swoon at your feet. If you’re thinking of showing your emotions and expressing feelings of love, then don’t always go for the obvious choice.

Go back in time

The sentimental Victorians created a whole lexicon of love through flowers, and you only have to look at some medieval paintings to understand the powerful symbology behind the placement of certain flowers in paintings. If you get the language of flowers wrong, you could be insulting your beloved, and that’s never romantic.

Lily of the Valley from Spalding Bulb is a perfect flower for expressing love. With its sweet smell and delicate white flowers, this beautiful and subtle plant makes a perfect romantic present. The plant flourishes in May, but any good florist should be able to source lily of the valley, throughout the year.

Tulips say ‘I Love You’

Another less obvious choice is a tulip. With their wonderful colour range, from moody black to bright yellow, you should be able to make an arrangement that will compliment your love’s temperament. The Victorians used these flowers when they uttered the words of love for the first time, what they did during late summer is left to the imagination as tulips traditionally only flower in the spring months.

It’s not just humans who use flowers for love

According to an article in The Daily Mail dolphins express their love with presentations of seaweed. The gift of seaweed is an important part of dolphin courtship, and apparently male dolphins spend hours looking for the best strands of this underwater plant before presenting it to their chosen female. The males of the species aren’t renowned for their fidelity, so if you think that this might be an ideal plant for your partner, think again.

Picture of two dolphins

Camellias express love

If you’re looking to declare your passion, and want to do so with an unusual flower, then Camellias are a great way of expressing your feelings. A pink camellia will tell your loved one that you are longing for them, and a red camellia tells the recipient that they are ‘a flame in your heart.’

Remember to get the right flowers for an anniversary

It’s just as important to keep your lover happy as to woo her or him. White lilies will tell your partner that you love your relationship, and the humble daisy; given on a 11th wedding anniversary, denotes loyal love. If your relationship endures until a 60th anniversary, then give your spouse some orchids to signify love, beauty and charm.

Flowers are always a popular way of expressing love

In 2013 amorous Brits spent a total of £1 billion on Valentine’s gifts and gestures.
An article in the Huffington Post suggests that the popularity of flower giving at this time is still on the rise, with 2,745,000 floral gifts being bought across the UK in 2013. Roses are still more popular as romantic presents than any other plants.