Wedding Planning Essentials: The Reception Checklist

wedding reception essentials

If there’s one thing that’s essential to a successful wedding planning process it’s the habit of keeping lists. There are just way too many elements that go into planning a wedding to attempt winging it as you go or working from memory. Try it and you’re sure to get lost in all the details. Luckily there are plenty of monthly planning checklists readily available online  to help you work through the process. What’s harder to come by is a comprehensive list of the essentials you need to source to pull off the big party. But not to worry. We’ve got you covered! Here’s the rundown of the basics you need to consider for your wedding reception, along with some on trend examples of each. Happy Planning!

The Essentials Checklist:

  • Seating Chart, Escort Cards or Place Cards
  • Table Numbers
  • Guest Book and Pen
  • Wishing Well
  • Cake Topper
  • Cake Serving Set
  • Toasting Flutes

Seating Plan

Unless you’re having a very small and intimate dinner party style reception, a seating plan is a must. Guide your guests to their seats with either a creative seating chart fit to theme or beautifully displayed escort cards. Take it one step further by assigning seating at each table with the use of a place card in a lovely little holder.

custom guest sating chart

featured here: custom seating chart created using the open ornate vintage inspired frame and diy escort cards

reception seating ideas

featured here: diy escort cards created using burlap wrap by the roll and miniature ornate hanger clips

Table Numbers

A well thought through seating plan is for nothing without a well marked table. Most venues provide a standard table number option you can use, but check with them to make sure. To elevate the look consider using a custom table number, fit perfectly to your event design.

Guest Book

Some traditions are well worth keeping. Create an instant wedding keepsake by incorporating a guest book into your reception where all who attend can leave their permanent mark and well wishes.

Wishing Well

Want the sentimental keepsake offering a guest book provides but looking for a bit more creativity in the display? If so consider a uniquely designed Wishing Well where guest’s notes are marked on custom cards.

Cake Topper and Serving Set

Finish off your beautiful cake with an equally gorgeous cake topper. Pick something that either represents you as a couple, or go for something fit to theme. And remember a cake knife and server set for the sweet tradition of the cake cutting.

garden themed wedding cake

Toasting Flutes

Don’t forget one of the best reigning wedding traditions, the toasting of the two of you as the new Mr. and Mrs. Pick a stylish set of flutes that you’ll enjoy time and again after the big day.

Ready to Shop?

If you’re ready to get your reception essentials shopping started, we’ve compiled everything you see here (and more) into an easy to shop checklist. You can download your copy right here and when you’re ready visit the Reception section of weddingstar.com for 100s of accessory options.
toasting flute

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Wedding Day Essentials: Top 5 Cake Topper Styles

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Weddings, in every which way possible, have changed dramatically over the last decade. From unique venue selections to a focus on infusing personality into every aspect of the event, today’s couple wants something different and special for their wedding day. Yet a few staples continue to reign in popularity. A classic example, the tradition of a Cake Topper. That said, gone are the days of cookie cutter options. Now it’s all about personalized, thought through pieces that reflect the personality of the bride and groom. So from swoon worthy porcelains to quirky fun felt, today we’re sharing our top five cake topper styles.

Style #1 – The Modern Back to Basics

This one’s all about scaling things back and connecting to the beauty of all that Mother Nature has to offer. Presented in clean white porcelain and resin finishes these classic natural motifs are given the perfect modern twist.

Style #2 –  Classic Contemporary

A classic design staple for any modern event. Acrylic, no matter how it’s featured, always brings with it a sleek and contemporary feel.

acrylic cake topper

gold and acrylic cake topper

Style #3 – True Romance

Because your true romance is made up of the loveliest personal details. Mix and match a variety of bride and groom combinations to find the one that perfectly reflects who you are as a couple.

bride and groom porcelain cake toppers

Style #4 – Puppy Love

Many are those that consider their canine as a member of the family. Easily incorporate your puppy into your event and your topper with one of these sweet mini options.

Style #5 – No Ordinary Love

For the couple whose event design has to be as quirky as they are, these sweet perfectly imperfect homespun felt birdies are a must have.

homespun cake topper

Want More?

Shop over 100 additional unique cake topper options on the cake topper section of weddingstar.com.

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A Girl & Her Table {The Series}: The Wanderlust Bride

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Long warm summer days can’t come soon enough so today we’ve decided to let ourselves get lost in the sunny setting of the next installment of our Girl & Her Table series, the Wanderlust Bride. Now if you know anything about Wanderlust you know that it’s all about the love of exploring, of immersing yourself in an adventure and letting yourself get lost in the experience. Today’s feature, complete with tall grass fields, a natural stunner of a bride and over sized balloons {but of course!}, is the Wanderlust bridal style epitomized. A beautiful balance of the natural and the perfectly planned, it’s hard not to lose yourself in all that makes up this look. So go on and take a peek into this bridal style and see how it comes together as a wedding day design.

Time to start a bit of daydreaming!

Her Style Personality

A carefree dreamer who has let herself get lost in love. She takes in experiences for all they’re worth and her wedding day will be no exception. She won’t fuss over her look and the end result will be effortlessly beautiful.

wanderlust bride

She Likes

Travel mementos, unexpected whimsical wonders and all the possibilities the open air brings. And all that she loves about the Wanderlust life comes through in every element she carefully planned for her wedding day.

wanderlust wedding details

mini luggage vase favors

pack your bags
featured here: miniature porcelain luggage vase in white and silver

wedding bubbles

come play with me
featured here: wedding “love bubble” wand

kissing couple cake topper wedding tote bags

wedding tote bag designs

just a little something
featured here: variety of personalized tote bags

wedding decor

She Has to Have

Pretty subtle details and little treasures that perfectly reflect her personality and passion for the adventure that is her life and her love.

compass favor

find your way
featured here: adventurers’ compass favor

wedding decor - metal chandelier

beauty of the unexpected
featured here: silhouette chandelier decoration 

Are You A Wanderlust Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, check out the full 30 page feature with even more gorgeous Wanderlust wedding inspiration in the Weddingstar E-Catalog and shop the entire look on Weddingstar.com.

If this isn’t quite your style, check out one of our past series features, The Candy Colorful Bride or The Garden Whimsy Bride, or stay tuned for our  next installment.

xoxo.

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A Girl & Her Table {The Series}: The Garden Whimsy Bride

garden whimsy wedding - bride and head table

Couple weeks ago we started sharing a new bridal style series, A Girl and Her Table, where we introduced you to our Candy Colorful Bride, a color loving eccentric girl who’s wedding style is about all things retro. We showed you how her personality translates into a wedding design and laid out some must haves for all of you who said “this is so me!”.

Keeping with the love of bold colors, today we’re featuring our next installment, the Garden Whimsy Bride, and boy is she a stunner! Her style is dramatic, elegant and the perfect blend of classic and contemporary. And she certainly knows how to accessorize!

Think this might be you? Read on to find out. And if this isn’t quite your style, then simply enjoy getting lost in the eye candy that is this bride’s lush garden wedding!

Her Style Personality

garden whimsy wedding - bridal personality

Confident in her style the Garden Whimsy Bride knows exactly what she wants for her wedding day. Like her personal style it needs to be both bold and feminine. Wow factor is a must and she knows it all comes down to the little details. With an appreciation for the pretty things in life and a willingness to be a little self-indulgent, she’s likely to wear two distinct wedding looks on her big day, taking her from romantic ceremony to dramatic reception – in style.

She Likes

The natural beauty of a summer garden, complete with butterflies and birds galore. Dramatic bold colors and unique blossoms make up her essentials.

garden whimsy wedding - bridal bouquet

garden whimsy wedding - bride holding dove garden whimsy wedding - flowers

She Has to Have

From the big picture down to the little decorative extras, the Garden Whimsy Bride takes care to tend to every little detail that goes into her wedding day. The perfect blend of pretty and dramatic leaves her guests in awe.

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony accessories

pretty petals
featured here: love bird flower girl basket and preserved natural rose petals in purple

garden whimsy wedding - ceremony aisle decorations

eye-catching aisle markers
featured here: wooden floral pomander ball in purple (medium) and glass cylinders with round pillar candles

garden whimsy wedding - mini decorative birdcage

delicate details
featured here: mini decorative birdcage (spray painted white)

Are You A Garden Whimsy Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, or need some more inspiration, check out Weddingstar’s Garden Wedding board on pinterest. To shop the items you’ve seen in this post, and plenty others, visit the complete Garden theme section of weddingstar.com.

If you still haven’t found your bridal style inspiration stay tuned for our next installment, Lost in Love – The Wanderlust Bride.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Shop the {Wedding} Look

If the simple fact that it’s Friday isn’t a good enough reason to celebrate, today’s post provides some extra incentive to pour yourself a glass of bubbly and toast to good news. Today marks the official launch of the brand new Weddingstar E-Catalog, essentially a virtual shopping playground for any bride planning her wedding. I know, exciting right?!

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Built entirely around the “shop the look” concept, the new e-catalog is an extension of the Weddingstar print magazine, tenfold. Because there was just no way of making room for it all in print! Featuring inspirational imagery from exclusive creative shoots, editorials filled with planning tips and all 3000 + products in the Weddingstar lineup, the e-catalog provides a fun and easy shopping experience. Browse pretty pictures, get inspired and click to buy if something catches your eye. Covering everything from wedding stationary to ceremony and reception accessories and décor, down to guest favors and gifts, this is definitely a must visit ‘one stop wedding shop’!

But enough talk. Given Weddingstar is all about inspiration, here’s a sneak peek into what you can expect to see in the inclusive 724 pages.

vintage themed wedding shoot wedding stationery wedding ceremony products - aisle runners reception products - guest book alternatives porcelain cake toppers wanderlust themed wedding shoot wedding reception - toasting flutes wedding reception products -  decorative vintage drawers wedding favor container - mini burlap bag wedding favors - wine stoppers bridesmaid's gifts woodland themed wedding shoot

Love It? Want More?

If you like what you’ve seen so far, you’ll love the rest! Click here for more tips, products and inspiration.

xoxo.

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2013 Weddingstar Cake Toppers

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Every year our designers spend months dreaming up new cake toppers; their efforts are influenced not only by emerging trends in fashion, style and theme but by the Brides who have taken the time to share with us what they would like to see us create! The following cake toppers are the result of all the work over the past year.
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Mix & Match Cake Toppers for Interracial Brides & Grooms


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For all of the interracial couples out there, you’re not alone! And that’s why Weddingstar has a variety of mix and match wedding cake toppers to fit each of your unique relationships.

Look at Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg’s marriage to his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan last month. He’s Caucasian and she’s of Chinese-Vietnamese decent. Hmm…I wonder what their cake topper looked like. Continue reading

3 Uses for Your Cake Topper…After the Wedding Cake

You chose the perfect topper for your wedding cake, but now what? Well, a cake topper isn’t only a great way to add a touch of personalization to your cake, it can also serve as a keepsake or décor element for your home after your special day.

Here are three great ways to utilize your cake topper, post wedding.

1. As a Keepsake


True Romance Cake Topper
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Exciting New Wedding Cake Topper Accessory: A Mini Veil

Our lovely Weddingstar designers have created a tiny tulle veil that’s just oh-so sweet and is sure to add an element of elegance to your fabulous wedding cake topper.

Your wedding cake is one of those details your guests just can’t wait to see, so try to make the most of it with special details like this that will help make the impressive dessert all your own. Continue reading

Designer Spotlight: Mini Works of Art – Weddingstar Cake Toppers

With the New Year comes a new season of product development here at Weddingstar. As Weddingstar’s senior graphic designer it is always an appreciative reminder of the planning and detail that goes into designing our wedding accessories. Continue reading