2013 Wedding Reception Trends – Do’s & Don’ts

The Do’s & Don’t of Wedding Reception Trends & Ideas

When it comes to planning your wedding day, there are big picture items and little picture items. We’ve talks about a lot of the little picture items, lie wedding gown trends, entertainment trends, shoe trends, and ceremony aisle ideas, so let’s chat about how they fit into a big picture item, like your wedding reception! You might be surprised, or pleased, about some of the do’s and don’t that are on the rise in the 2013 wedding reception trends.

Today, you are really thinking about making your guest comfortable and about having a super fun and enjoyable evening, especially at your reception. When it comes to the wedding reception you truly want to make the most of it. So here are some of the hottest wedding reception trends for 2013.

Wedding Childcare

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You want all you’re guest to enjoy your wedding day with you. From the wee ones to the elders, you want them to be comfortable and party into the early hours of the morning.

Do: Make the night just right for everyone, consider hiring wedding sitters or wedding nanny for your guests with small children.

Don’t: Worry about guests not attending because they have youngsters

Do: Allow parents to enjoy your reception by having someone else is looking after their kids

Do: Let the kids have their own “reception” to hangout in with all sorts of games and items to entertain them that a “boring old reception” won’t!

 Good Night Stations

Good Night Stations, also known as Late Night Snacks- (but I’m actually a bit more partial to this term), CONTINUES to be a HOT wedding reception trend.  Local Michigan boutique hotel, Royal Park Hotel, has whipped this one into a FABULOUS shape.

Do: Present your good night station in away that is visually stunning.

Do: Provide guests with super yummy options to satisfy a sweet tooth or a late night pizza craving.

wedding reception trend 2013 royal park hotel rochester michigan snack station Don’t:  Forget your guests at the end of the night.  Send them home with “doggie bags” of tasty treats.  It is a wonderful way to end the wedding reception and your guests will be sure to love it.

Don’t: Forget to check out these additional late night food snack stations or good night station goodies here.

Reception Lounge

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I saw a lot of sitting areas and lounges during 2012 weddings, but I expect to see an even BIGGER gravitation to creating a night club like atmosphere for your guests.  Whether bold and patterned, world culture or vintage inspired, lounges create intimate spaces away from the dance floor for your guest to mingle and relax.

Don’t: Forget the groom in your lounge planning.  For a groom, a lounge is a perfect location to corral the guys with favorite microbrews and finger food.

Do: Set up your photo booth, kissing booth, boogie heads, table games and build-your-own drink stations in or around your lounge area.

Don’t: Set up your lounge too close to the dance floor, guest seating or dinning area.  You want to create a space that has a separate, quieter area for your guest to relax and mingle, or a mini man cave for the men.

Entertainment for guests that don’t want to dance

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Not all wedding guests like to dance, so setting up a lounge space for them is a perfect wedding reception trend.

Do: Include fun ideas like bag races, contests, piñatas, hula hoops, been bag throwing!

Don’t: Be afraid of being a little different.  Your non-dancing and dancing guests won’t forget what fun they had at your wedding.

Bar scene

wedding reception trends ideas 2013 champagne sculpture champagne bar royal park hotelThemed bars are hot.  Let’s be honest for a minute… People go to wedding ceremonies to celebrate love and two people making a commitment to each other. BUT, and this is a BIG BUT, they attend the reception to let loose and have fun.

No booze = Angry Guests

Are you still with me?  Don’t fool yourself.  If they’re enjoying themselves, they are sneaking out to the car to partake in their personal stash of libations!

Truly Designing your wedding takes every element into account, including HOW to present and display your alcohol!  Try a tequila and cigar bar for the groom and a champagne bar for the bride.

Do: Create bars designed to reflect the drinks, such as an ice block vodka bar or a white tufted champagne bar.

Mini champagne bottles

Do: It is a celebration, right! Mini champagne bottles make a great mini toast or option to let guest mix-their-own drink with optional mixers.

wedding reception trends ideas 2013 mini champagne bar bottles

Late night tequila & cigar bar

Do: Hand out mini shots and tacos on the dance floor to keep guests moving and grooving. Find a smoke friendly area and create a man cave for the groom and his guests that won’t disturb the rest of your guests.

wedding reception trends ideas 2013 mini tequila bar for the groom

wedding reception trends ideas 2013 groom's cigar bar

Don’t: Opt for a cash bar.  Finances may be tight, but it is always a bad wedding idea to expect guest to bring extra money to your wedding.  It might take a little more finessing of the budge or creative drink combinations, but there are lots of ways to make sure your guests have a happy buzz all night.

Ok, now it’s your turn.  I want to hear from you.  What do you think of my 2013 wedding reception trends and ideas?  Which one(s) would you like to incorporate on your FABULOUS wedding day?  I’m all ears? Leave me a comment below or on our Facebook Wedding Design Studio page! Tweet me!

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