Planning a wedding reception can be a pretty stressful experience - you have to figure out seating charts, hire a DJ and try to keep everything on a relatively functional schedule. Putting together a theme for the evening doesn't have to be so difficult, however. In fact, if if you can’t think of anything, why not simply pick one of your favorite colors? Red is a great hue for receptions - it's bright and full of life, not to mention it’s associated with romantic imagery like red roses and hearts.
Start with simple decorations - hang light red oval paper lanterns throughout the reception site. As the lights dim, they'll cast a gentle, warm glow throughout. You can supplement them with mini tea scented candles at each table. And don't feel like you have to completely limit yourself to red - pick complementary colors like black or a gentle orange to spruce up the place here and there. For an extra bit of flair, try adding personalized vellum table luminaries to the mix!
You can even make the centerpiece red! A DIY wishing tree could be just what the doctor ordered - you should have no problem customizing it to suit your needs, and the red "flowers" will practically jump out when contrasted against the white trunk. Don't be afraid to ask your bridesmaids to wear nice red dresses, either. For the groomsmen, a simple boutonniere made from a red rose is a great idea - it adds just a little bit of color to the fairly monochrome suit or tuxedo.
As everyone leaves, make sure they go home with a bag filled with great treats. Mini wedding favor brownie pops are a delightful snack that they'll be sure to enjoy, and open heart wine bottle stoppers will ensure that your guests have a reminder of the wedding for years to come. If you can't get enough of red, go ahead and make it your reception theme! Your guests will love the splashes of color, and decorations will be a breeze.