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Fun Idea Friday: Dessert Receptions Done Right

Cookies, cupcakes, and pie – oh my! As a person who does not particularly enjoy cake, dessert at a wedding is often a disappointing affair. But, what if the whole reception was based on dessert, rather than serving a meal? Brittany and Josh did just that at their recent Binghamton, NY wedding, and it was a hit.

They chose desserts that were family favorites: apple and cherry pie, cupcakes, cookies, and of course a small wedding cake to cut, and then they set up stations where guests could help themselves.

They served the apple and cherry pie in adorable mason jars - how clever

The signs were very simple but super cute.

This is brilliant for several reasons:

1. This type of dessert reception is easy to tailor to any budget – and more unique than a traditional dinner. Plus, who doesn’t love dessert?

2. If you are planning an evening wedding, a dessert reception makes perfect sense as guests will want to eat before they come to the ceremony.

3. It is brilliant because it is personal. These were their favorite desserts, which helps you feel more intimate with the bride and groom and their families.

4. It is easy to make the reception feel more casual in this type of setting.

5. If you have a lot of local relatives who want to help, they can bake their favorite desserts (make sure this is ok with your venue/caterer)

If you have never thought about having a dessert reception before, we think this is a very classy twist on a traditional reception. Some other ideas we had to make it your own:

1. Add a coffee bar and a barista where guests can add liqueur to their coffees or flavored syrups. Perfect for dessert pairing and a version of an open bar that is much more affordable. My husband would have loved this at our own reception.

3. Have some savory appetizers or snacks to pair with all this sweet stuff

4. Not into coffee? Offer a wine bar that matches wine choices with the desserts folks choose.

5. Consider ice cream. It’s my favorite.

A dessert reception is a great way to keep your wedding budget reasonable and still offer your guests something unique and classy. We gave this one two big thumbs up for originality and creativity. Have your own ideas for a great dessert reception? Leave a comment and let us know!

Lisa and Tim Are Married in Cortland, NY

Lisa and Tim have known each other since high school, but finally tied the knot last month. Here are a few pics from the wedding, and a few well wishes for a couple who has already proven their longevity, even though they are still newlyweds.

Lisa and Tim’s reception was at Gatherings in Cortland, NY

Congratulations on a beautiful day and your beautiful new life together. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

 

Hello Again! Jon and Fara’s Binghamton, NY Wedding

The strange thing about wedding photography is that we work so hard to make your portraits unique to you, to try to understand the couple and make it a “perfect day” – at least where your wedding photography is concerned – and then for the most part you never see us again. It’s sad!

But, amazingly, we have seen Fara before. No, she didn’t get married again and use us both times (though there is no shame in that – we would gladly photograph anyone again). We met Fara as a bridesmaid in two other weddings before she and Jon decided to tie the knot. Both of those brides were back to share in Fara’s big day and for us it felt a little like a reunion!

When the time came for choosing a wedding photographer, Fara knew exactly which photographers she wanted for her wedding day – after all she had seen our work in action twice – and she wasted no time setting up her included engagement portraits last fall.

Well, the big day arrived and it was nothing less than perfect. Here are a few images to capture the emotions of the day.

In case you wanted to know, the dress came from Wedding Works and the flowers were designed by Becky Cooper of HollyBerries.

The ceremony took place at Endwell United Methodist Church in Endwell, NY

What would a Binghamton wedding be without a carousel?

The cake came from Baked By Camille

The reception was held at the Holiday Inn Arena, and decorations were by House of Treasures.

Check out the custom made photo guest book with their engagement pictures in it. Now they have a keepsake instead of a dust collecting guest book.

Thank you Fara for being such a great bride to work with and for trusting us with your wedding. Oh, and Jon too of course! Congratulations to you both – it was a special day and we wish you a long and loving future. Who knows, maybe we’ll see some of your bridesmaids again!

Fun Idea Friday: Performing for the guests

Fun idea friday is our way of celebrating new twists on old traditions, and this week is no exception. Today we are celebrating those fun wedding ideas that brides and grooms use to entertain their guests.

The first dance: last weekend Sarah and Alan really changed things up with the first dance. It started off like a typical, romantic, slow dance until the two of them broke out into fun choreography that added a special touch to the day and kept their guests smiling.

The newlywed game: for some reason, this is really popular right now, and it might just be that it is so much fun! The bride and groom each sit in a chair with their backs to each other. Each one is handed two rubber duckies on a stick – one groom duck and one bride duck. As they are asked questions, they each answer by holding up either the bride duck or the groom duck, but since they can’t see what their spouse’s answer is, its fun to see how well the couple know each other.

Singing together: every once in a while a couple will both be musically talented. This bride and groom took out the electric guitar and performed for the guests. We think this is so cool, as long as you really do have a gift for music.

Picture slideshow: projecting pictures of the two of you growing up during the reception helps your family remember the good times you have had together. This is especially beautiful if you grew up together. I met a new friend yesterday who had known her husband since the 3rd grade, and although they didn’t date until college, there are tons of pictures of them growing up together. Now that would make a great slideshow!

Whatever your level of comfort is being in front of people, adding that fun performative touch to your reception will help make your nuptials an evening for your guests to remember.