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    Unique ideas for your wedding reception this summer

    If you are planning a wedding for this summer, you might still be trying to pin down various aspects of the big day – such as what will end up on the tables or playlist at the reception. In fact, the reception will be a crucial part of your wedding – and, as such, will take up much of your planning.

    However, with many of your guests perhaps having attended summer receptions, you might be at a loss as to how to make yours stand out. Here are some quirky solutions.

    Show your way with carefully scrawled words

    Technology might have rather neutralised the appeal of traditional love letters, but your reception still affords you the opportunity to utilise lettering in a wonderfully creative way.

    If you haven’t picked up on it yet, we are referring to calligraphy. Handwritten script can be inked on many different things, with the Brides website showing how calligraphy can look good on a table runner. That runner could thus serve as the reception tables’ sole centrepiece, the site hints.

    Get creative with the food choices

    BuzzFeed suggests some unorthodox ideas for keeping guests nutritionally sated.  If the reception will be held late in the morning, assemble a waffle bar for the occasion.

    Do you know many of the people on the guest list to have a sweet tooth? If so, you could let them fill bags to the brim with their favourite sweets. Yet another delightfully daft idea is to set up an ice cream bar. Hey, it’s summer – why shouldn’t you have ice cream served at your nuptials?

    Let guests pimp their drinks, too

    Don’t simply make do with the standard choices of beverages at your wedding. Instead, create a drinks station where guests can pick up fruits and liqueurs with which they can customise their drinks. Even the drink station itself can be decorated to aesthetically impressive effect.

    The appeal of a magician isn’t just an illusion

    There are plenty of reasons why hiring a magician to show off at your reception can work wonders. Anticipate watching guests gasp in awe as they see cards and the like disappearing before them. “That’s magic,” you could cry, as you get caught up in the fun yourself.

    You don’t have to reserve a magician for just a drinks reception, either. For example, they could entertain diners mid-meal, as the You & Your Wedding site suggests.

    Send guests off on a photo scavenger hunt

    Keeping kids enjoyably occupied at a wedding can prove tricky, but the task won’t be wholly beyond you provided that you let both the little ones and the adults take part in a photo scavenger hunt.

    This can work especially well at a picturesque venue. Imagine what sumptuous photos participants could capture of our cricket ground, with the stunning Lumley Castle in the distance. These are possibilities if you select us after perusing wedding reception venues in Chester-le-Street.

    By phoning our cricket club on 0191 388 3684, you can learn about even more possibilities.

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