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Adding the Extras

October 22, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Dollar dances and toasts have been the focal points of many weddings throughout the years. Why not set your wedding apart?

Your personality will determine how unique you are willing to go, but even for more traditional weddings there are many ways to infuse some spark into your special day. Ask around to find out what your friends, family members and co-workers remember most from the various weddings and receptions they have attended. Pick out the best

ideas and put your own spin on them.


Many professional photography studios now offer traveling services and on-site booths, providing your guests the chance to conveniently capture memories from your wedding. Most booths come equipped with fun props and backdrops, but also high-quality final products printed within seconds.

Guests can take a break from the dance floor to get their pictures taken, and the booths generally fit more than five people inside. The photo slideshows serve as the perfect parting gift that your guests will surely keep and display.


Cocktail hours can be the perfect way to break up your guests' waiting time while you and your wedding

party finish photos or other responsibilities. Schedule your cocktail hour to begin a half hour before you arrive to your

reception site. This strategy will ensure that your guests reach their destination well before you, and are ready to

greet your party with open arms.

Cocktail hours should be dimly lit with subtle music to invite your guests to converse and interact with each other.


Many weddings feature buffet-style entrees, offering guests the chance to pick and choose exactly what they want to eat. The same type of method can be used for dessert, with a unique candy buffet that includes various types of sweets. Provide your guests mini boxes on their tables with instructions for filling them.

Choose candy the color of your theme to really impress your guests. And be sure to offer various textures, types and sizes of candy within different shapes of jars to help to help maintain an interesting visual layout.

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