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Fun and Unique Wedding Reception Food Ideas

Fun Wedding Reception Food Ideas

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You’ve got to feed the guests at your wedding reception, and probably everything you think of has been done before at a million other weddings. Or is it? These unique wedding reception food ideas can help make the dinner a meal to remember.

A classy, modern spin on the old wedding reception buffet is the invention of freestanding food stations or centers. At separate round tables, guests pick up different types of food fare. One table can be sushi and another chicken parmesan, another for drinks and another for salads. Food stations can be expensive or inexpensive, depending on the foods you choose.

Not only are finger food receptions less messy, they are also…read more

Professional Catering for LDS Wedding Receptions

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Catering for LDS Wedding Receptions

Wedding Receptions for the typical LDS bride and groom have come along way from the old standby menu of pastel mints and salted nuts. The basketball hoop in the cultural hall hidden by colorful streamers, and lines on the gymnasium floor covered by fake trees from the foyer, has long since faded from the norm. More often, LDS brides want wedding receptions with professional catering to satisfy their guests and take pressure off their mothers.

Professional full service catering? What’s all the fuss? Catering is pretty straight forward: you cook some food and serve it, right? Although that is the basic idea, there is more to it, a lot more! In fact…read more

DIY Wedding Cakes: How to Decorate Your Own Wedding Cake

DIY Wedding Cakes: How to Decorate Your Own Wedding Cake

DIY Wedding Cakes for LDS wedding receptions
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It feels great to have guests marvel over your wedding cake at the reception and be able to grin and say, “I made that.” Making your own wedding cake is something to be proud of, and it’s much more budget-friendly than hiring a professional cake designer. But before pulling out your cake pans and your rolling pin, take a close look at the pros and cons of a DIY wedding cake.

Lots of LDS brides tackle making and decorating their own wedding cakes, but think long and hard about whether you’re up to the challenge before you commit to doing it yourself. Even if you have the expertise, you just might not have…read more

How to Display the Tiers of Your Cake

Wedding Cake Arrangements: How to Display the Tiers of Your Cake

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So you’ve decided on the colors, shapes, and styles you like – but have you given much thought to the final arrangement of your wedding cake tiers?

Most wedding cakes have between two and five tiers – or levels – with the most common number of tiers being four. Of course, how many tiers you need depends on the size of your guest list and the diameter and shape of each tier.

Wedding cakes have a prominent place on their own dedicated “cake table” near the front of your reception room, slightly off to the side of the head table where the bride, groom, and wedding party are seated.

How you show off your cake on the cake table is just as important as…read more

How to Cut Wedding Cake: Step-by-Step Guides with diagrams

How to Cut Wedding Cake: Step-by-Step Guides with diagrams

When cutting wedding cut first remove the top tier from the cake stands or from the other wedding cake tiers. The top tier is usually saved for the first anniversary. Begin cutting the 2nd tier, then the 3rd and 4th and continue until all the wedding cake is cut. In general wedding cake is cut into pieces approximately 1 inch wide x 2 inches deep x 4 inches high (about 2 layers). Remember, the order of cutting is still the same even if…read more

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Determining Wedding Cake Size

Cake Size for an LDS wedding cake
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Determining Wedding Cake Size:

How Much Wedding Cake Will I Need?

Picking out your wedding cake colors and style is easy. The hard part is figuring out how much you need. The size, shape, and number of tiers you want all affect the answer to your question: How much wedding cake is enough?

The first thing brides must understand is…read more

Garter Toss for LDS Wedding Receptions

LDS Wedding Alternatives to the Garter Toss

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If you are LDS and planning your wedding reception and your reaction to the words “garter toss” is “absolutely not!”, or you are in any way uncomfortable with removing and tossing a garter in front of all your friends and family, read on to find plenty of fun alternatives.

No law says the groom has to toss a garter. Why not…read more

LDS Wedding Reception Guest Book

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LDS Wedding Reception Guest Book

Traditionally, every bride and groom has a guest book at their wedding reception to help them remember who attended and make sure they have everyone’s current address for thank you cards.

Today’s guest books can be traditional, contemporary, or just plain off the wall – here’s what you need to know about having a guest book at your wedding or reception.

It’s important to…read more

LDS Wedding Reception Table Linens

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LDS Wedding Reception Table Linens

No matter what your wedding reception is like, you’re going to need some type of table covering. The choices range from the flimsy dollar-store plastic tablecloths to heavyweight luxury linens rented from a professional. Most LDS brides prefer to fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum.

If you are holding your reception in the cultural hall of your ward or branch, then prepare for some good news: the Relief Society or ward activities committee most likely has a few dozen white or cream-colored tablecloths on hand that they will lend to you for use in the chapel, completely free of charge.

You are responsible for…read more

How to Select Your LDS Wedding Day Transportation

How to Select Your LDS Wedding Day Transportation

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When the day of your LDS wedding arrives, it’s a great finishing touch to have special wedding transportation arranged for the sealing ceremony and/or wedding reception. But not all forms of transportation are created equal. To pick the right transportation for your LDS wedding, you need to select it based on budget, theme, and comfort.

Limos and stretch limousines have long been the traditional choices for wedding day transportation, but stretch hummers as well as classic or vintage cars are gaining in popularity. More unconventional vehicles could be appropriate depending on the wedding theme. A fairytale wedding could have the bride…read more

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