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Sweetheart Table or Head Table?
Lisa, on March 20, 2024 at 12:21 PM

Which seating arrangement are you choosing for your wedding: a sweetheart table (just you and your new spouse) or a head table (you, your new spouse, and wedding party members)? Or maybe even a...

Lisa, Yesterday at 6:43 PM 161 2,973 2
Is wedding cake enough for dessert?
Alexandra, on April 2, 2024 at 4:37 PM

So as of right now the wedding cake is included in our total price per person (which is expensive since I'm in northern NJ)- and it does include a ton of food during the cocktail hour and open bar,...

Alexandra, Apr 16, 2024 9 310
Family style vs plated
Ashley, on March 25, 2024 at 12:47 PM

Super torn for family style vs plated- roughly the same price. Would love any feedback from people who have done both. TYIA!

Michelle, Mar 29, 2024 8 144
Wedding reception signs to keep out
Alex, on March 11, 2024 at 1:49 PM

Has anyone created signs to keep guests out of the reception space until dinner? For reference, our ceremony, cocktail hour and reception are all on the same property. I don't want people wandering...

CM, Mar 14, 2024 8 222 1
Seating for teens/young adults?
Michelle, Yesterday at 8:25 PM

Of weddings you have attended, and planning your own, what has worked best for seating for the 13-20something crowd? Are they seated with parents or at their own table with each other to mix and...

Michelle, Yesterday at 8:25 PM 2
In memory of fiancé’s mom that passed away
Barb, Yesterday at 6:27 PM

Our wedding is in the afternoon & we were thinking of having a dedicated song in memory of his mom and him and I would have a slow dance to it. Was thinking of having a projector and putting her...

Barb, Yesterday at 6:27 PM 2
To get a dj or just use Spotify?
Sarah, on September 22, 2021 at 12:36 PM

Hi everyone! So our wedding is three weeks away and for the longest time we have been thinking of just going without a DJ for our outdoor intimate wedding, but we’re now thinking of possibly getting a...

Daffur, Yesterday at 1:27 AM 22 3,743 4
Réception ideas
Rachel, on April 9, 2024 at 9:48 PM

Hi everyone, please could someone help with ballroom music? Please I don’t have ideas

Skylar, Apr 18, 2024 7 75
I'm marrying a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternities
Shunita, on April 14, 2024 at 8:10 PM

Is there anyone marrying someone that belongs to this Fraternity? I'm trying vto figure out what they do during the reception and hoe to incorporate into my timeline

Skylar, Apr 17, 2024 2 57
Joanna, on November 14, 2021 at 4:08 PM

At least half of the guests who will attend my wedding love cannabis, including my father (who never wants to not be high). I am in favor of this because all these folks are a lot of fun when they're...

Lizabeth, Apr 17, 2024 15 794 1
Digital Guestbooks? apps?
Kate, on August 28, 2018 at 6:08 PM

I’m interested in having a digital guest book vs a traditional one at our reception. I like that it captures our guests and will be so fun to revisit. Not planning on having a photo booth or anything...

Linda, Apr 15, 2024 2 1,444
Anyone else not give a crap about a guest book?
Alexandria, on June 10, 2018 at 8:49 AM

I just don't care about having a book, map, picture..... Nothing. I don't care to have anything guests can sign. I saw a cool looking map that I liked because my FH and I are from different countries...

Linda, Apr 15, 2024 35 4,231
Formal reception events
Michelle, on April 13, 2024 at 7:07 PM

What does your tentative timeline look like? Is it structured or go with the flow? Is there enough time for everything you want to do or do you have to cut something out? What events are you having...

Dani, Apr 15, 2024 1 35
Casino gaming tables at the reception?
Elizabeth, on September 19, 2019 at 5:38 PM

What do y'all think of having casino gaming tables at the reception? Not many of our guests are big dancers; they'll sit and appreciate music, but not dance. Plus, all of my finance's family members...

Nothinox, Apr 15, 2024 10 1,711
Video Guestbook Opinions
Kim, on April 5, 2018 at 3:06 PM

So we are having a wedding out of state so I want to limit what we have to bring back. I want to setup an iPad on a tripod and have a sign that says “Please leave us a message on the video guest...

Melisa, Apr 14, 2024 15 1,106
Sorority Brides! Divine 9 Only
Sloane, on April 16, 2022 at 12:35 PM

Hey there are there any D9 brides out there?? I’m a member of SGRHO and would love to know how you are planning to incorporate any Sorority traditions in your wedding reception. Please share!

Shunita, Apr 14, 2024 12 342
Has anyone use Freebirds World Burrito for catering?
Denise, on April 12, 2024 at 8:39 PM

We are looking into having Freebirds as our food option at our reception. It’s a small group of 65 people that’s just close family and friends. Has anyone or knows of anyone serving Freebirds at a...

Denise, Apr 12, 2024 19
diy Coffee Bar
Trinity, on November 4, 2021 at 6:38 PM

Has anyone used a Nespresso machine for their coffee bar? I would just get coffee pods vs the espresso but, I don't have a keurig. Trying to figure out the best option!

Andrew, Apr 10, 2024 4 215
Tri-state area dj recs??
Olivia, on April 9, 2024 at 6:30 PM

Hey Brides! Looking for any and all recs you have for a lively and engaging DJ who can also emcee our reception in the Tri-state area. We are getting married in Tarrytown NY next spring and so NYV DJs...

Olivia, Apr 9, 2024 22
Need help... Venue completely changed the menu!
Ashlyn, on April 7, 2024 at 9:12 PM

I found out our wedding venue changed their menu completely and they didn't even notify us. The first menu that we received when we booked the venue was filled with options like hors d'oeuvres, plated...

Michael, Apr 8, 2024 4 159
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