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Including Non-Members in Your LDS Reception

How an LDS bride and groom can include non-members in an LDS wedding ceremony
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Including Non-Members in Your LDS Reception

Fellow Latter-day Saints generally understand the etiquette surrounding an LDS temple wedding, but what if your reception involves non-members as well as members?

Since any non-members or less-active Latter-day Saints on your guest list won’t be able to attend your temple sealing, including them in the reception becomes that much more important. Some things you can do when non-members or less-actives are present are:

• Explain the significance of the temple sealing to them personally beforehand
• Include an insert about temple sealings in the reception program or along with the wedding invitation
• Tell guests what to expect at the reception, including the absence of…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

Wedding Napkin Folding Ideas and Techniques

Wedding Napkin Folding Ideas and Techniques

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Decorative napkin folding at the reception is one of those pesky little details that most brides are far too stressed to give much thought to. But if they can spare the time, they’ll be glad in the end that they did. An artistically folded napkin at each place setting is a special touch that reception guests will remember.

Napkin folding is best for formal receptions that feature a sit-down, fully catered dinner. Casual affairs where the food is served buffet-style, or receptions that feature finger food but not a sit-down meal, generally have the napkins stacked near the food table for easy access and convenience.

If your reception lends itself to…read more

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

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

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

How to display an LDS wedding 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

How to Cut LDS Wedding Cake
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How to Cut Wedding Cake

It’s your wedding reception. The cake is displayed beautifully near the front of the room, decorated to the nines and scattered with fresh flower petals. Guests have oohed and ahed over it; the photographer has recorded it on film for posterity. By now, you’ve spent so much time planning each tier and pedestal and layer of fondant you’ve probably forgotten that a wedding cake, like all other cakes, is meant to be eaten! But before you and your guests can dig in, you need to get educated on cake serving etiquette and procedure.

The wedding cake cutting occurs in the last hour of the reception, just after the bride and groom publicly cut the first slice and feed it to each other. The cake is then taken to the back room or kitchen area out of sight to be cut or is cut in front of guests by those who know how.

The most important thing to figure out is…read more

Choosing Wedding Cake Colors

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Choosing Wedding Cake Colors

Although there are many factors that go into a wedding cake’s final appearance – shape, size, texture, arrangement, and presentation – color is probably the most salient factor.

People will notice the colors on your wedding cake first and remember them longer than they remember anything else about it, so make choosing your wedding cake colors a supremely important decision.

The color white has long been a universally understood symbol for purity, so naturally it has become synonymous with weddings. No surprise here that the traditional wedding cake color is white – but traditional doesn’t have to mean boring.

The smooth, white layer of fondant can certainly stand on its own without adornment. But using white frosting to create…read more

Determining Wedding Cake Size: How Much Wedding Cake Will I Need?

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

How to Choose a Wedding Cake Design

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How to Choose a Wedding Cake Design

How do you describe your dream cake to your decorator when you don’t know the lingo? Read on for an overview of commonly used wedding cake decorating techniques and embellishments. Knowing what’s out there can help you to choose your ideal design when you sit down with your wedding cake decorator.

Do you ever wonder how professionally-done cakes get that flawlessly smooth layer of frosting on top?
Most wedding cakes are coated with fondant or buttercream icing that is rolled out with a rolling pin and draped over the cake to provide a smooth working surface. Rolled fondant or buttercream comes in a variety of colors and can be rolled out to a variety of thicknesses.

Once you have the smooth “base” of your cake – usually fondant or buttercream – it’s ready to be…read more

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