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Unique and fun reception themes

After you've said "I do" and run back down the aisle under a shower of rice, it's time to get to the real celebration! Your wedding is a momentous occasion, and you probably want the reception to be memorable for everyone involved. Of course, it's all about you and the groom, so feel free to inject your personalities into the mix wherever you can. There are plenty of little things you can do to turn the reception into a great time for everyone! Here are a few tips on making it an unforgettable experience.

1. Decorations. Don't be afraid to deck out the site of the reception as lavishly as possible. There's no need for modesty on the day of your wedding! Take advantage of this fact and fill the space with bright oval paper lanterns and place mini cherry blossom pillar candles on every table. As your guests enter, encourage them to write on a personalized signature platter sitting in front of the door - it's a fun and unique way for everyone to wish you and your new spouse well!

2. The centerpiece. No reception is complete without a stupendous centerpiece! And there's no rule saying you absolutely have to shell out for a big floral display, either. If you're looking for something a bit different, there are plenty of alternatives out there. You can place a white wedding bird cage card holder at the bride's table - it's a simple way to consolidate your friends' and family members' cards while looking pretty darn cute in the process!

3. Favors. Why not let everyone walk away with a little token appreciation from you and your hubby? Personalized stemless wine glasses are a fun little treat that your guests will probably keep in their cabinet for years to come - they'll remember the great time they had at your wedding every time they enjoy a glass of wine! You could also hand out small bags of personalized wedding mint chocolate candy as a little snack to munch on as everyone makes their way home.

Congratulations! You've just put together a memorable and exciting wedding reception. Now head off to your honeymoon knowing your guests are going home incredibly pleased.