Reception Fun!

As much as we all love Aunt Eunice’s rendition of Sweet Caroline after a few hours at the open bar, impromptu karaoke doesn’t have to be the only entertainment at your reception. With the right activities, the reception can be one of the most fun and memorable parts of the day for you and your guests!

Dancing lessons: Though dancing may sound a little cliché, giving your guests an opportunity to get their hips swinging can be the perfect ice breaker for a group of relatives who haven’t seen each other in a while. My cousin hired a belly dancer to teach us all a few moves at her wedding and within minutes we were all doubled over in hysterics watching my uncle attempt a stomach wave! Don’t know if belly dancing is your taste? Consider the upbeat “East Coast Swing” style, or even hip-hop – it doesn’t matter as long as people are willing to risk a little embarrassment and join in!

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Cake decorating: This idea is great for a few reasons:
1. You don’t have to spend time or money pre-ordering a bunch of fancy-shmancy desserts.
2. Guests can make the cake to their liking, so you don’t need to worry about someone being upset with the selection, and…
3. You can make it into a contest that the bride judges - whether your guests win or lose, they still get to eat! All you have to do is provide miniature, unfrosted cakes in a few flavors and leave out different icings, toppings, sprinkles and candies for couples to use as decorations. Even if more frosting gets eaten out of the can than put on the cake, it still helps guests bond while they show off their artistic talents!

Lawn games: These time-tried gamse never fails to inspire peoples’ competitive nature or promote social interaction. Old favorites like badminton, croquet and bocci ball are easy to set up and some party companies provide portable lanes that can be arranged for an outdoor game of bowling! (Of course you could always create your own set up on the dance floor too - purchasing old pins from bowling allies is inexpensive, and you can allow guests to keep one afterward as a memento of the evening!)

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Book a unique location: Rather than holding the event in your backyard or at a reception hall, get more creative and consider other venues like the aquarium near a local carnival or a water park. Locations like this often accept reservations within couple weeks of the event, so there’s no need to stress months beforehand. Though these may sound like ideas for a 10-year-old’s birthday, youthful exuberance is exactly how you feel now that you’re with Mr. Right, so why not let your guests get in on the fun?

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Think outside the box: Wedding cakes!

If everyone adhered to the timeline bridal magazines recommend we might have had a chance to reconsider the bridesmaids’ dresses or time to find a better M.C. than Aunt Eunice. Between ordering flowers and deciding whether white or ecru colored napkins match the place settings, there is always some aspect of the planning process that gets pushed to the last minute. Fortunately, that doesn’t have mean a crisis situation, even if you forgot to * gasp! * order the cake!

After talking with Jay Murphy of Kick Ass Kakes and Lanette Romero from Cakes Contessa, two wedding cake designers from Phoenix, Arizona, I gathered some great tips for brides who need to order a cake, like, now.

Cupcake Tower: Martha Stewart has made a fortune designing the cutest cupcakes we’ve ever seen, so why not channel some of that edible adorableness (Yes, “adorableness” - Word didn’t even spell check it!) and make a wedding cake out of it? Cupcake stands come in a variety of styles in stores, but if you’re strapped for cash, a little D.I.Y magic can help you make them yourself following this link from Design Sponge. If you’re worried you might miss the picture perfect opportunity to smash a piece of cake into your husband’s face, don’t be. Just order a small cake to perch your husband and wife figurines on and use it as the top tier of your cupcake tower!

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Cake pops: Speaking of cute, these bite-size desserts are not only simple and sweet, but at one per person they are portion control at its finest! On second thought, you might want to order extra…

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The dummy cake: According to Jay, some hotels keep a supply of pre-designed foam cakes to display at weddings. If you’re not much of a cake fan, but still appreciate its traditional appeal, look into renting one of these fake cakes and order another dessert for your guests to enjoy! (The one below is really a fake!)

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Ice cream cake: Of all the ideas I’ve listed, this is the only one that was too brilliant for me to help think of. Aside from being a sublime way to chill out at upcoming summer weddings, Lanette says they are perfect for preparing on the fly because they don’t require any baking and are still frosted to look like a conventional cake! You better make sure the reception’s running on time though, otherwise your masterpiece might become a puddle…

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Because the cake is often used as the centerpiece of the reception, you never want to have to sacrifice its style. If a traditional vanilla-on-vanilla cake has always been your dream, I was surprised to hear that both shops I talked to were willing to accept orders within the week of the wedding! No matter what kind of cake you order, Jay said, “The design and decorating are the most time consuming parts of the baking process.” As long as you keep it simple, you should have no problem putting in your order and moving on to more important tasks…like finding a real DJ…


Foot Candy!

Though I don’t think Carrie Bradshaw started our shoe obsession, she certainly made us less ashamed to admit a pair of Manolo Blahniks would totally be worth the $1000 if we had it! Despite the fact your shoes will most likely be hidden under yards of white satin, many women love the idea of having their feet dressed as glamorously as the rest of their silhouette.

If you’re looking for the perfect set of heels to walk down the aisle in, I’ve found a few sites that will help you pick a pair even Carrie would be proud of…

{1} Payless 

Now I realize Payless is not the first place many people think of when it comes to high fashion, but for weddings their selection is surprisingly diverse! With the help of fashion designer Lela Rose, Payless has created a line of women’s satin bridal shoes that come in 15 styles and 64 colors – not to mention, they’re all under $50! With variety and prices like that you can afford to pick a pair for yourself… and the bridesmaids and the flower girls and - well, you get my point!

If you’re willing to shell out a little extra cash, you might want to check out this website. My Glass Slipper features mainstream designer shoes and categorizes them so specifically you’re bound to find whatever it is you’re looking for in no time! Want a pair of mid-height heels with a peep-toe and rhinestones in dark plum? You’re just a search away from finding your perfect pair of Kate Spade pumps!

Admittedly, this is my favorite site. Instead of searching for designer deals, you become the designer of your own pair of signature shoes. I have spent the last half hour changing the color, material, style, height and accessories on a virtual shoe I am creating. Though the $260 pair isn’t exactly a bargain deal, they cost less than many designer shoes and are tailored to your exact specifications. Even if this site is outside your budget, use it as boredom buster while you start saving! (And yes, that is one I designed as the picture. Kinda funky, but hey, the possibilities were nearly endless! :)


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