Amazing (Non-traditional) Wedding Reception Seating

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Recently we covered unique layouts and choices for ceremony seating, so why not receptions, too? It may seem impossible to shake up seating, especially when it comes to weddings with more than 200 guests, but don’t be scared to try something new. From new styles of chair to interesting table arrangements, today’s inspiration will provide plenty of ways to wow your guests.

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Long L
Delicate gold chairs at a never ending table create an amazing event space that hugs the venue and allows guests to chat easily. Photo: Lane Dittoe; Planning + Design: Thomas Bui Lifestyle

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Oval Tables
A shape somewhere between long rectangle and traditional round leaves you with dramatic tables, often with more room for centerpieces. Bold colour palettes will work very well with this shape. Photo: Collin Pierson; Photography Planning + Design: Michelle Durpetti

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Loveseat
A loveseat, vintage sofa or other charming vintage furniture instead of chairs can create intimacy … and gorgeous photos. Photo: Clayton Austin

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Square
Mixing square tables with rounds can completely change the look of your venue. Photo: Eternal Reflections

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Star-shaped
Make the focal point the head table in the center, with long tables radiating out. Not unlike an asterisk or star. Photo: Photography by Tay

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Roundback chairs
The versatile roundback chair gets new life with an open, airy space. We love this modern European look for wedding receptions. Photo: Rene Zadori; Event Design + Rentals: Glam Events

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Weaving through the forest, in and around trees, this single long table in an S-curve is jawdropping. Photo: Heather Waraksa, Planning: Heidzillas

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U-Shaped
Using a long but narrow space works well with a U-shape for guests to reach their seats easily while maintaining a grand feel. Photo: Marisa Holmes

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V-Shaped
This arrangement is achieved with a series of rustic picnic tables, creating an amazingly cool V-shape. Photo: Jenny Kim; Event design: Drew Bennet and  Sitting in a Tree

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X-Shaped
The criss-cross look is a stunning choice for dramatic and grand wedding venues, such as ballrooms or cathedrals. Photo: Milanés Photography; Planning + Design: Elly B Events

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Bar seating
Hightop tables or bar-style seating allows people who like to float about the reception to have a seat, without the formalness. Photo: Leah Lund and Megan Christine

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Upholstered
Elegant matching upholstered chairs take a romantic turn when used outside. So comfy! Photo: Daniel Kincaid, Furniture: Revelry Event Designers

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Mismatched 
Or, mix up the upholstery for a whimsical vintage-inspired look. Perfect for garden receptions. Photo: Michael and Anna Costa

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S-Shaped
For modern spaces with unusual shapes, use an unusual seating pattern to match. Chic shapes like this avant-garde S look amazing from above. Photo: Photography by Tay, Event Design: HMR Designs

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One long table
Guests sharing one incredible long table makes for a memorable reception and unstoppable conversations. Photo: Erich McVey

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Modern Ghost chairs are the perfect look when the background is so stunning, you don’t want to distract from it. Via: KT Merry Planning: Strawberry Milk Events

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12 Simple Yet Stunning Centerpieces

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Modern, minimal centerpiece design is having a moment. We love over-the-top lush floral masterpieces but there’s something to be said for simplicity. For vintage weddings with a twist of modern or rustic with a dash of chic, you’ll want to save these simple centerpieces as inspiration.

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Perfect spherical balloons add an airy modern feel to this historical venue, without taking attention away from it. Photo: Ann Kathrin Koch

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Seeded eucalyptus is a simple accompaniment to candles. Photo: Loft Photography LLC, Floral: Verbena Floral Design

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These may be larger than your standard centerpiece, but the height works well with the single potted tree. Photo: Justin DeMutiis, Floral: MMD Events

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Bells of Ireland feature prominently in these centerpieces, and look amazing against the mostly white background. Photo: Cristina G, Floral: Vale of Enna

Sparkle and shine with sleek, chic candelabras on shimmery sequined linens. Photo: Serge Sokolov

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Poufs of baby’s breath in strict military-style alignment are surprisingly modern. Photo: Brian Dorsey Studios via Colin Cowie Celebrations

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Pinspotting works to great effect when it highlights an oh-so-romantic gathering of peonies in a single color. Photo: Ira Lippke, Floral: Eric Buterbaugh

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What some may call stark, others call Nordic. Rustic branches ringed with hydrangeas work incredibly well when repeated down a long table. Photo: Deborah Zoe

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Long, low bouquets in the same textured design and pastel palette are all you need against an all-white backgroujnd. Photo: Marianne Taylor Photography, Floral: Scarlet and Violet

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A modern rectangular base are a simple detail for streamlining otherwise abundant foliage above. Photo: Amy Arrington, Floral: Amy Osaba

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Single flickering lanterns create a cozy feeling at each reception table, working beautifully together with strands of bistro lights above. Photo: Stephanie A. Smith Photography, Floral: Lee James Floral Designs

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Using one color and two glass vases, the replication is modern and minimal. The calla lilies submerged in water are simple but stunning. Photo via Haiku Mill

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20 Fun Midnight Snack Ideas for Your Wedding

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It’s about 11:15 pm, and the reception is kicking into high gear … what’s will delight your guests right now? Food! A midnight snack is just what your guests need to keep going through the night and a great way to inject some personality and fun into the second half of the evening.

Comfort foods, finger foods and family recipes are great go-tos and sweet or savory work. Some couples opt for hand-passed items for elegance, while yet others go for a bar option with customization galore. Classic appetizers, sweet treats and fast food are also lovely ways to surprise your guests and keep them celebrating until the wee hours. 

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Take-away snack
Destination weddings would be a great place for these perfectly packaged midnight snack of fries and Coca Cola. Photo: Elyse Hall

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Salad bites
A summer wedding deep in the heat of August would be served well by a refreshing salad bite, like these watermelon-feta cubes. Photo: Erin McGinn, Catering: Blackstone Caterers

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Soup and sandwich
Or, if you are opting for a winter wedding, how about a cozy shot of creamy soup with salty grilled cheese for dipping? Photo: Karen Wise, Catering: Naturally Delicious

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Itsy bitsy hot dogs
We think miniature hot dogs, sausage rolls, pigs in a blanket or corndogs all make equally amazing savoury midnight snacks. Photo: Ruth Eileen Photography

Liquid snack
Then again, a shot bar may be just what you (and those party people) need as midnight strikes. Photo: Polo Pompa Fotografía

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Fast food faves
This groom from Atlanta had a wedding wish: catering from his favorite burger joint. The bride made it happen during the midnight snack, pairing it with another Georgia classic: Coca Cola. Photo: Amy Arrington, Event Planning: Chancey Charm, Catering: The Varsity

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Macaron Mile
If a macaron tower just won’t do, Seattle patisserie came up with this stunning ‘macaron mile’: a dessert table with amazing color and flavors for the guests to sample. Photo: Saskia Potter, Macarons and Sweets: The Sweet Side

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Milk and cookies
The before-bed classic gets a romantic twist. Photo: Hostess With The Mostest

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Food trucks
Freshly fried doughnuts? Yes please! Many food trucks will stop by a wedding to serve up treats. Photo: Katie Stoops, Doughnut Truck: Carpe Donut

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Supercute salads
Miniature taco salad bites deliver the flavour and freshness to your guests. Photo + Recipe: Food Folks and Fun

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Cinnamon buns, hun
If you’re over milk and cookies, try swirled cinnamon goodness with teeny bottles of milk. Photo: Meghan Boyer, Event Planning: Lemon and Lime Event Design

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Miniature sandwiches
From reubens to adorably bite-size BLTs or clubs, sandwiches are a midnight snack winner. Photo: Chelsey Boatwright, Catering: Social House

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Fruit kabobs
A healthier alternative, the heart cutouts make these watermelon and strawberry kabobs a truly sweet midnight snack that’s also easy to eat. Photo: White Loft Studio via Style Me Pretty

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Chicken’n’waffles
Sweet meets salty in these bite-sized versions of the Southern classic. Imagine these with a macaroni and cheese bar! Photo: Kathryn Krueger

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Biscuits
Serve up some downhome goodness in these warm morsels of heavenly flakiness. Photo: Liz Banfield

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Cotton candy cart
Fluffy, sweet and a little bit nostalgic, fresh cotton candy will have your guests feeling like kids again. Photo: Keen and Kind, Event Planning: Ooh! Events, Cotton Candy Cart: Pure Fluff

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Tacos and tequila
The only thing better than tacos is tacos and tequila. End the fiesta in style with a tequila shooter topped with a tiny taco. Photo: Melani Lust, Event Planning: KDJ Botanica

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Miniature floats
Adorable doesn’t begin to describe these mini root beer floats. Also worth trying: tiny milk shakes. Photo: Canary Grey

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Shrimp cocktails
This miniature shrimp cocktail commits to the cocktail part of its name: the base is a bloody mary shooter! Photo + Recipe: Seahorses & Stripes

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Lobster rolls
Weddings on the East coast will love a bit of lobstah. Served on soft rolls these are the perfect last bite to end the night. Photo: William Meppem via Martha Stewart Weddings

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Adorable Ways to Include Your Pup at Your Wedding

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There’s a reason dogs are called man’s best friend.  Loyal, loving, fun, it’s natural to want our faithful companions to be a part of something as special as our wedding. If you’re considering including your pooch in your big day, here are some big, small and super adorable ways to do it.

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Save the Date
Personalize your save the date or wedding announcement  by having your canine pal carry a sign with the good news. Photo + Sign: The Ritzy Rose

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Invitations
Or work your furry friend into the wedding invitations or RSVP card like this couple did with their French bulldog. Photo + Design: And Here We Are

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Getting ready photos
As you are dressing, be sure to have your puppy pop in for a photo opp! (Or maybe even a first look?) Photo: Katie Shuler

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Dressed to the nines
Outfit your dog in the perfect wedding day look which may include a tuxedo, a top hat or tutu. But if you’re having a destination wedding, why not a Hawaiian shirt or a tiny Elvis jumpsuit, like this Chinese crested wore for his humans’ wedding in Las Vegas? Photos: Meg Ruth

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Aisle escort
Have a bridal party member — ring bearers, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls are all great choices — escort your puppy down the aisle. Decked out in a festive floral collar or leash, they’re sure to look the part. Top photo: KT Merry; Bottom Photos: Diana M Lott

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Ring bearer
Put your fuzzy friend to work by carrying the wedding rings on pillow strapped to Fido’s back or tied to the collar or a special sign, as above. Totally adorable. Photo: Carmen Santorelli

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Sign bearer
Signal to the the guests it’s time to get ready by sending a note via a very special messenger. Photo: Leila Brewster

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Grooms gift
Incorporate your loved one by gifting a custom pair of cufflinks to your groom. Boxer cufflinks: Braybrook

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Bridal escort
Instead of having a family member escort you down the aisle, have your dog accompany you. Photo: David Newkirk

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Stand guard during vows
Even if your little pooch couldn’t handle walking the aisle, you can always make sure they attend the wedding and keep careful watch over the vows. Photo: Kelsey Combe

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Bridal portraits
If you do include your dog, be sure to have them pose for a few post-ceremony bridal photos. They are sure to become a cherished memory. Top photo: KT Merry; Bottom photos: Jose Villa

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Wedding favors
Whether you go with dog-themed people treats or treats for guests with dogs at home, favors are a wonderful place to get whimsical and include your dog. Left photo: Taylor Lord; Right photo: Amalie Orrange

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Cake topper
Customize your cake topper to include your best friend and you have an instant keepsake. Photo: Joyelle West, Cake topper: Concarta Studio

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Table seating chart
Chalkboard seating chart or traditional escort cards, both of these examples incorporate names of dogs instead of wedding table numbers. Photo: Love Me Sailor; Bottom: Caroline Tran

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Cocktail Napkins
Cute, fun and totally customized. Just how wedding cocktail napkins should be. Photo: Cassidy Carson

 

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