The Wedding Indulgence Wednesday ladies, Jacque Riehl of Riehl Events and Mara Marian-Harwood of Events by LMG., are back with another fabulous installment. Today's topic was all about Reception Ideas + Inspiration. Of course, the reception is the most fun part of the wedding, and there are so many ways to make it 'yours'. Check out a few of the fantastic, unique ideas below!

Jacque's Fave Find

My fave this week is simple in it's thought, but will have a HUGE impact on your reception. One of my favorite wedding planner - other than Mara and myself of course! - is Jung Lee of Fete NY . She always has the most unique ideas and I admire that she takes her clients and their guests to a new level on their wedding day like we do! One idea I just may have to steal from her is called a Globo:

The complete story of how the Globo works can be found on Jung's blog. This is a beautiful way to end your evening, or even start it off. It can be used in lieu of a send off, a wishing tree, or just on it's own. And how powerful is the fact that you can do this completely Eco friendly? How beautiful, how meaningful, how dramatic and how wow....LOVE IT!

Mara's Fave Find:

My fave this week is from Once Wed.

This Simple Italian Reception post is a fantastic idea for an engagement party, cocktail hour or even a night in with your bridesmaids while you're working on wedding projects. The post doesn't go into much detail, but my mind immediately started racing with fun ways to take this idea and go big with it.

Imagine having different elements within your reception that incorporate all these Italian elements. A wine tasting bar with a sommelier, an imported olive bar and a fresh baked bread bar all within your reception space. Guests can sip wine while they enjoy imported breads, imported olives and wines that pair perfectly with their meals- all you'll be missing is a view of the Eiffel Tower!

Cover the tables with while paper and leave crayons on the paper-covered tables for your guests to leave messages instead of a traditional guest book. Use wine bottles and the corks as your table number "cards" and even use a decorative bread basket as your centerpiece on each table instead of huge floral centerpieces. This idea isn't for everyone, but for a bride looking for something a little different this is a fun way to update your dinner reception.

Jenni's Fave Find

My fave this week comes in the form of eclectic, unique escort cards. I love incorporating your theme into your reception as much as possible and escort cards are the perfect place to add a personal touch. Instead of using typical name-and-number seating assignments, why not get a bit creative and pull your theme in. This sophisticated and vintage idea of using antique keys hung on a wire-board comes from 100 Layer Cake. Not only are the escort cards adorable, but they make for an additional bit of beautiful decor.

You could also go a completely different route and not even use actual cards, but instead design a seating 'board' listing guests and table numbers. This beauty below comes from Kiss the Groom. Simple and chic, the listings written on the mirror doubles as decor and takes care of the place settings. Just keep in mind, the easier the better! You don't want your guests scrambling to find their seats!


That's it for this week! We'd love to hear your favorite finds, ideas and inspiration on reception ideas, so go ahead and share below! Don't forget to tune in next Wednesday at 10:30 MST on Twitter for a FULL HOUR of Design inspiration!