The Wedding Planner Magazine

Charleston 1-2

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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The reception is when the fun really begins. At this point, most of the formal photos are complete, any anxieties have melted away, and it's time for the celebration to kick into high gear. Cocktail hour allows guests to mingle. The menu typically features appetizers to curb hunger until the main meal is served. Introducing a signature drink is a great way to infuse your theme and signature colors into your evening. As you select a dinner menu, think about the atmosphere you want to create. Plated dinners are recommended for formal and black- tie affairs, while buffets and food stations allow your guests to be up and moving throughout the evening. Dessert is a must. Most can't imagine their big day without the tradition of cutting the cake. Some are also adding dessert buffets, ice cream sundaes, and yummy pastries like French macarons and donuts. As the evening progresses, include fun ways for guests to interact. Lawn games such as corn hole and bocce ball offer entertainment for outdoor events. Have a local artist paint a masterpiece during the first dance. Photo booths ensure hilarious memories. Confetti canons and sparkler sendoffs are great ways to get guests involved for a group photo. Many West Virginians wrap their arms around each other and sing "Country Roads" at the top of their lungs to end the night. Whether you follow the formalities of tradition or start a new trend, there's no right or wrong way to celebrate something so special. TIP: Champagne can be an expensive item added to your bar service, so do not feel obligated to serve it. Consider instead whether you would like to offer a signature drink that you and your fiancé' enjoy. On to Food & FUN! PLAN YOUR WEDDING Melissa Perella Photography THEWEDDINGPLANNERMAG.COM 71

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