Wedding Ideas

Transform Your Reception from Ordinary to Extraordinary

Posted on November 20, 2018 by New Jersey Bride

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David Tutera takes a wedding and adds his magic, transforming a nice event into an unforgettable experience, all while adding personal details that tell the story of the bride and groom. Here are some of his tips on how to achieve the “extraordinary” at your own wedding:



• Do great things with your bouquet. Add beading, crystals, ribbons, pearls, or your grandmother’s rosary beads. Wrap the stems, and add buckles, fabric, ribbon, or faux diamonds to give it the look of your gown.

Use candles, candles, candles! Lots of candles always make a great (and in-expensive) statement and lend a romantic ambience. ­

Don’t spend a lot of money on cocktail hour décor, which people won’t remember. Instead, concentrate on wowing everyone as they enter the ballroom.

Select one or two colors, and use them in abundance.

Use both tall and low floral arrangements.

Upgrade your seating to custom or Chiavari chairs to enhance the look of the room.

Add something special to the napkins: an orchid head, napkin ring or ribbon tie.

Combine florals with fruit or vegetables.

Add small details like rose petals, strands of ribbon or faux jewelry to the table.

Wedding lighting can transform your room from drab to fab. Light your entertainment, dance floor and tables. You can even project your monogram onto the dance floor.

Serve a specialty cocktail, along with the name and definition posted at the bar.

Add an expensive look to favors by including a nicely printed tag and message with your monogram or logo. For more tips, see David Tutera’s The Big White Book of Weddings (St. Martin’s Griffin/2009).