Blog : wedding reception trends

Vintage Inspired Wedding

The Vintage inspired wedding of Rosemary and Tim was one of the cutest weddings we’ve coordinated this year.  When we met with the bride, we fell in love with the design.  Vintage, girly inspired is what came to mind and it was even more beautiful when the day arrived. The flowers were a mix of pink and yellow pieces placed in vintage containers collected by the bride.  The guests enjoyed the outdoor ceremony site on the lawn overlooking the Pendleton golf course.  The bride arrived in style in a deep blue vintage vehicle which pulled up to the golf course!  The ceremony was beautiful and intimate. After the ceremony, the couple had a blast during their photoshoot together!  Guests were given a bundtini cake favor laced in a vintage inspired box and signed a “guest book” that was a plate.  This was important to the bride as she would be able to utilize this plate again while cooking and seeing all the wishes her guests left for the couple.  Inside the room, the design was very adorable.  Tables were adorned with pink and yellow floral, lace and the cake table included bundt cakes!  The card box was an adorable wooden box with lace and signage.  The couple joined their guests and had a fabulous sweetheart table with signage and lace.  Our favorite part of the evening was the “first dance” which included the couple’s dance, moving into parent dances (together) then the couple’s daughter joining the couple for the last 30 seconds of the song!  It was wonderful!

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Balboa Park Spanish Inspired Prado Wedding

Paulina and Oscar’s wedding was so many things!  Fun, exciting, beautiful, stylish, big and extravagent!  The day was absolutely spectacular! The wedding ceremony was held at the Saint Francis Chapel with the reception at the Prado’s Grand Ballroom at Balboa Park in San Diego. The Saint Francis Chapel is designed with a Spanish Colonial feel, a perfect touch for their Spanish ceremony. Photographer, Tim Hardy, and videographer, Zeke Torres, captured every moment of this couple’s beautiful day. The bride looked just breathtaking. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour at the Prado with fine drinks, delectable hor’dourves, a mariachi band, and a photo booth provided by A Mobile Photo Booth. The reception was truly beautiful! A table filled with indulging cupcakes from Sprinkles, tall floral centerpieces and purple uplighting surrounding the walls provided a very elegant and stylish feel. Family and friends were definitely an important element to make this wedding unforgettable. Guests received custom hand beaded rosaries and personalized slippers (imported from Mexico City) were provided for all the ladies to ensure comfy feet for an endless night of dancing! Paulina and Oscar had the best of both worlds by having a live band and a DJ provide the music for their special event. The couple shared their first dance together to “Baby I Love Your Way” performed by Kalifornia band,with DJ Christian Ruelas, to back them up. Friends and family soon gathered around to party the night away! We are truly delighted to have had this opportunity to be part of the couple’s wedding day. Thank you Paulina and Oscar for this wonderful experience!  We LOVED helping create the wedding of your dreams and we know that you had an amazing honeymoon in Europe!!

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Vendor Thank Yous: The Prado, Mobile Photo Booth, Tim Hardy Photography, Zeke Torres Videography, Mariachi Zapopan, and St. Francis Chapel.

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Special thanks to Tim Hardy Photography who provided all these amazing photos! Tim Hardy is a fabulous photographer in San Diego who is well known in the wedding and event industry.  Tim often shoots for Riviera magazine.  If you need a wedding photographer, we highly recommend Tim Hardy Photography.   His website is shotbyhardy.com

 

Reception Layout Trending

Reception Layout

There is a new trend happening at wedding receptions!  Rather than having your traditional 60” rounds tables, brides are utilizing different shapes.  With the help of wedding planners and coordinators, some brides have changed their wedding reception layout altogether.  Brides are utilizing square or rectangle tables to give their guests a unique and interesting look. With the square or rectangle tables, brides are hoping to give a more family-dinner style feel to their reception.  This is another trend which we’ll cover in another blog (family style)!  We recently coordinated a wedding in which different lengths of long tables were set up and it looked so welcoming!   Another idea is to mix round and square tables to give your wedding reception a mixed yet fun look.  Besides changing the shape of tables, head tables are being replaced with the sweetheart table, no longer consisting of the wedding entourage, but just the bride and groom.  Some brides even opt out of a head table or sweetheart table, and decide to sit with their families.  The ultimate goal is a more personal set up for the couple to enjoy their closest family and friends rather than a long head table or sweetheart.  We are loving this trend!

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Dessert Buffets Trending

Dessert Buffet Trending!
While Candy Bars are a hit, Dessert Buffets are making their way into wedding receptions.  Brides are now taking more control over the dessert aspect of their reception and creating a more personalized, unique way thanking their guests with a sweet treat. Dessert buffets can include anything from mini cheesecakes, bite sized brownies or muffins, to individual desserts in martini or shot glasses.  The last wedding we coordinated which had a dessert table consisted of the wedding cake, Mexican cookies, sweet bread, and churros!  It was such a hit at the reception for all ages.  By adding different levels of height, textures, colors, and display dishes to dessert table, the desserts and displays adds a gorgeous display!  Dessert buffets are a great way to include wedding theme and wedding colors. The buffet is different, and it offers family, guests and loved ones variety.  Another trend is to incorporate a candy bar and dessert buffet together on one table.
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Cigar Rolling at Weddings!

At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party)  has moved their blog to word press and I am very excited to have the full features of blogging. We have been in the middle of a very busy wedding season and have 4 weddings coming up starting in Mid June.  There are so many exciting things we are seeing for weddings!  For our first blog I would like to share on a new wedding reception idea that is so much fun!

One of the newest and creative event activities is having a live cigar roller for your wedding guests.  Your guests will be able to see a cigar roller rolling cigars for their enjoyment.  Cigar Rolling is an art to be appreciated.  It is a fun and unique way to thank your guests and can be considered one of the favors.  It is great for the cocktail hour or a late night event activity.  At the most recent wedding in San Diego that At Your Side Planning (formerly, Ah! Le Party) planned, had a cigar roller come in from 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM towards the end of the reception time.  The DJ announced this special activity so none of the interested guests would miss out!  The vendor we contracted was the Cuban Cigar Factory based out of San Diego, CA.  Cuban Cigar Factory is San Diego’s original cigar factory and the largest manufacturer of hand rolled cigars on the West Coast. They provided us with a master cigar roller who rolled cuban cigars.   They import their Cuban seed tobacco from Honduras, Equador, Nicaragua, the Canary Islands, and the Dominican Republic.  They use select, light domestic Conneticut wrapper or a rich, dark Maduro.  They manufacture their own cigars so do not mark up the cigars.  This event activity was a hit and the guests really enjoyed the cigars!  100 cigars were also provided in the cost of booking their services.  It went great with the colonial mexico theme.  I would recommend this activity for any clients who have guests that appreciate the art of cigar rolling.

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