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Reception table setting: Fit for a queen

Are you looking to throw a lavish affair that will leave your guests tongue-tied? Give them the royal treatment with a wedding reception that's fit for a queen! Choose a color palette of glimmering golds and deep reds or go with a classic silver and navy combination.

Centerpieces. When decorating for a royal affair, bigger is always better. Set up several large tables to give guests enough room to feast like kings without hassle. Create a luscious garden in the center of each table by filling silver mint julep cups with an assortment of your favorite floral bouquets. Although these DIY centerpieces will be featured as the main table accent, smaller items should also be used to fill space on the grand table. Personalized wedding votive holders can be customized to show off your new family's royal crest.

Place Settings. Choose a classically styled china set to serve each guest, with attractive wine glasses and personalized Venice toasting flutes serving up sparkling beverage selections. Use regal place cards to let each guest know where the queen of the night has chosen for them to sit. Although hiring lighting technicians for your wedding day can help to set the mood, placing tall Victorian-style candles on each table is an elegant way to cast a dim glow over throughout the room.

Favors. Send guests home with a unique favor that they can hang on their fridge for a lifetime of memories. Set up a booth where a photographer can give each guest an instant shot framed in a classic silver wedding day picture frame. You can even provide princess crowns, jester hats and other theme-appropriate props to give your guests an extra special photo session.