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3. the hour between
Sometimes Cocktail Hour is often forgotten about, mainly because the Bride and Groom are not present. That is no longer true at our 'dairing events'! The Cocktail Hour has become just as important as the actual reception, with making sure guests are comfortable, they are entertained, wined, & dined! Simply by creating a custom bar with either signature drinks or a beer flight station, lounge furniture for guests to sit and mingle, and even incorporating a farm-to-table experience with the appetizers! This is also a great place to showcase the locale the couple chose to get married, treats, foods, and beverages created locally and only available in that city or state!
4. Let them eat cake...and desserts!
Make way for dessert displays! Gone are the days of the large, elaborate wedding cakes. These days, couples are opting for a smaller cake, to keep the tradition of 'cutting the cake', and incorporating a variety of different bite size desserts to satisfy their guests' sweet tooth! Recently we had a 'build your own ice cream sundae' bar and it was a hit!
5. Darling Details
You really cannot go wrong with incorporating these little details in your day. Creating a unique place setting with a touch of greenery and menu card, to a simple 'bellyband', it makes your guests feel like you took the extra time to make each space special. Couples who choose to adorn their chairs with florals and ribbons seriously have my heart, not only does it look lovely, but it let's guests know that those are for the Bride & Groom and no one else sits there! Then of course sweet table number, they are more than a printed card nowadays, the beauties featured are a combination of a mirror and vinyl sticker! Last, give your guests something they are actually going to use like these pashmina's. I promise, favors are no longer salt & pepper shakers or wine openers!
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6. Custom Day-of Signage
I have saved the best for last, of course! And that is, custom day-of signage. Chalk signs, kraft paper signs, no matter the material, they are absolutely lovely. Brides can use them for their ceremony seating, show guests the direction of events, the meal choices at the buffet, and even the table number!
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