One of the most important parts of planning a reception in New England is to think about the decorations and reception staging ideas that you want to implement. Will you be doing a theme or sticking with seasonal wedding colors? Do you want a classic wedding reception or something very non-traditional? There are a lot of things that must be considered and it all starts with the venue, the place where you will be hosting your wedding reception.
Make sure to visit the reception hall where you will be hosting your party and see what decorative elements are already in place. You might be surprised to discover that you won’t need a lot of decorations to “pretty up” the venue. In fact, if you choose a location like The Crystal Room in Milford, MA, you will be pleased to see all of the renovations and upgrades that have been made in the past year to make it an even more elegant and refined venue for just about any type of wedding theme.
Innovative Ideas to Consider
When it comes to implementing reception staging ideas, the point is to think about what you want your guests to do, when you want them to do it, where the activity will occur and how you will get them all there. One way to accomplish this is by creating a schedule and then using simple signs in the theme of your wedding or decked out in beautiful seasonal wedding colors that will reflect the overall scheme of the day. Signs can be simple, but should have the distinct task of helping your guests find their way around your modern or classic wedding reception to find the important things: restrooms, parking areas, bar or buffet, gift table, wedding party seating, reception area, etc.
Guest books are a common element at most weddings, but when planning a reception in New England that has a specific theme, go ahead and color outside the lines when thinking about ways for your guests to leave you well-wishes. A large dry-erase or chalkboard that can be sprayed with a clear lacquer afterwards to preserve the messages from family and friends works great in a lot of different themes. A huge poster size board with decorative push pins lets guests post messages – or you can go “modern” and have a laptop or tablet set up for guests to leave virtual messages and share photos via social media that you can use to create a keepsake when you return from your honeymoon.
Classic Wedding Reception Elements
Almost every wedding has some type of centerpiece on the tables to further reflect the theme of the wedding. They can be simple flowers in vases that embrace your seasonal wedding colors or non-traditional items, such as vintage elements for a shabby chic theme, Stormtrooper helmets for a Star Wars theme, rustic items for a western theme, and so on. Candy dishes, LED candles, favors, table games and other fun ideas can all be incorporated into the centerpiece to help your guests enjoy the celebration even more. Other table decorations include colored linens, specialty runners and a wide variety of dishes, vintage glasses or other items in your color scheme.
A gift table is a traditional, functional decoration found at most wedding receptions, but there are lots of fun things that you can do with regard to a place for your guests to place cards and other small items. Choose a vessel that reflects your theme and make it part of your reception staging ideas. An old-fashioned mailbox with your names painted on it will work great for a shabby chic theme, a wicker basket with a beautiful fabric liner or bow for a romantic garden theme – the possibilities are really endless. Decorate the table as well in your seasonal wedding colors or with other theme elements to really complete the look and the experience for your guests.
Activities to Enhance the Celebration
Instead of hiring a photographer to go around and take awkward, candid shots of your guests or a videographer to interview your aged relatives and embarrass them on camera, consider getting a photobooth instead. Your guests can go into the booth on their terms, pose for photos, enjoy using custom photobooth props and signs to express their well-wishes for the married couple and really enjoy themselves. Speak with The Crystal Room about adding a photobooth in when you are planning a reception in New England. It is one of the latest and most popular reception staging ideas to come available in recent years and your guests will appreciate the opportunity to participate in making memories of your special day.
If you are inviting children to your wedding beyond a flower girl and ring bearer, consider having a special activity area for kids. Coloring books, games, activities, special treats and entertainment can be offered to keep kids happy and content while all of the classic wedding reception activities are going on in the main reception area. Consider hiring a babysitter – or two – or ask parents to take “shifts” monitoring the kids’ area to make sure everything stays under control and all of your little guests stay indoors and safe.
For more information about the classic wedding reception venue available at The Crystal Room in Milford, MA, please give us a call at 508-478-7800. Our team will be happy to answer any questions that you might have and our professional coordinator will work with you on your reception staging ideas, help to integrate seasonal wedding colors and take care of all the on-site details when you are planning a reception in New England at our venue. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facility or to get a quote for our services.