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Simple ways to decorate the wedding reception

When it comes to planning a wedding reception, you have a pretty full plate of responsibilities. Of course, you have to find the perfect venue, but you also need to decide whether you're hiring a DJ or a band, pick a catering company, choose a menu and come up with a seating chart that's going to please everyone. No small task! If you're looking to cut costs, it may be a good idea to consider purchasing your own decorations. Reception décor doesn't have to be a lavish affair - it just takes a few extra touches here and there to make all the difference. Here are a few ideas to help ensure that yours is a memorable occasion.

It never hurts to remind people why they've gathered together - personalized wedding napkin bands with the bride and groom's names printed on them are a great way to do so. You can even go so far as to scatter multi-colored personalized wedding chocolate coins on each of the tables. Your guests will dig right in, and they're a nice appetizing way to kick off the celebration!

If you'd really like to class things up, you could have a small bowl of water at the center of every table. In that bowl, place floating heart candles - they're a wonderful reminder of the love that's brought everyone together and they look quite fetching!

Place a glass love coaster at each seat so your guests have somewhere to put their drinks. There are plenty of ways to decorate a reception - it's all about finding the items that match you and your hubby's personalities. After all, the day is about you two coming together, so don't be afraid to give yourself the final word on what's in and what's out. At the end of the day, if you're both satisfied, everyone else will be as well.