Gay Wedding Reception

With all the formalities of the ceremony behind you it is time for you, your friends and family to relax, let your hair down and begin the party celebrations. The wedding reception should be organised to both give your guests a thoroughly enjoyable time but should also reflect something about you and your partner whether that be through decor, food, music or something completely different.

You will need to think about the following but don’t worry as we have all the information and advice you will need:

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Gay Wedding Flowers

The morning of or the night before the wedding is not always the best time for the couple or their family to be preparing the wedding flowers therefore unless the floral displays are very simple it may be an idea to have them professionally prepared by a florist. As this is your special day we would advise that you find a florist who specialises in wedding flowers and it is always an idea to pay them a visit so you can see the quality of their work. Once you have decided on your florist be sure to book them well in advance to avoid disappointment nearer to the time of your wedding.

Choosing your flowers should be decided after you have made the decision about what to wear on your wedding day. The style and colour of the flowers should be in keeping with the theme of the wedding and in particular should reflect the personality of the happy couple.

Check out our gay wedding flower guide for more information on choosing your wedding flowers.

Wedding Flower Guide

What wedding flowers do I need?
You can choose from some or all of the flowers off this list depending on your budget and how big your wedding party is:

  • Bouquets
  • Brides
  • Bridesmaids
  • Flower girls
  • Hair Accessories
  • Buttonholes
  • Grooms
  • Best Man
  • Ushers
  • Fathers of Brides
  • Fathers of Grooms
  • Mothers
  • Corsages (worn on the lapel or wrist)
  • Thank you Bouquets
  • Ceremony Location
  • Main Entrance

Flowers for the Reception Venue:

  • Entrance
  • Centre pieces
  • Top Table
  • Staircases
  • Buffet Tables
  • Cake Table
  • Wedding Cake

Flower Bouquet’s for the Brides
Try to choose colours which complement your outfits as well as the general colour scheme of your wedding.

When choosing flowers take a photo of your outfits to the florist so that he or she can match colours.
A good florist will be able to show you a large selection of bouquet shapes and should be able to advise on which flowers match your outfits and theme.
Bouquets can range from the ‘fresh from the garden look’, to a classic formal look. Think about your outfits and how each of the different bouquet styles and sizes will compliment your outfit.

Flowers for your Civil Ceremony Location

Wedding ceremony flowers can make a real difference to civil ceremony locations such as hotels, as these rooms tend to be multi-use and can often be bland looking. Wedding flowers will add a sense of celebration.

Placing a flower arrangement either side of the ceremony pedestal can add a lovely focal point and background look to where you will exchange your vows. You can also place a smaller arrangement on the registrar's table.

Wedding Flowers for your Reception
Some reception venues often include wedding floral arrangements as part of their overall wedding service. You should discuss this first with your wedding coordinator and confirm your theme colours. Others venues may make an additional charge. Most wedding venues will allow you to provide your own wedding flowers.

You can place your wedding flower decorations just inside the entrance which is seen by guests as they enter the reception room, and also place arrangements on each of the tables for guests. You can save your main flower arrangement for the top table.

Decorating with potted plants is now really popular as they can later be taken home with you.

Buttonholes and Corsages
Buttonholes should match your colour theme and the lapels of the grooms wedding attire. Both grooms, best man, ushers and fathers of the brides or grooms should wear buttonholes although other important guests such as close family members may also wear them.

Corsages are normally larger than a buttonhole and can be worn by the mothers of the brides or grooms. Other important guests may also wear corsages and they can be worn on the wrist or attached to a handbag or purse.

Wedding Catering

The biggest part of your budget will be spent on the food and drink your serve at your wedding reception so it is very important to get it right. You can choose your wedding breakfast menu ideas based on traditional styles such as hot and cold buffet food or you could go for alternative styles such as barbaques or vegan theme. We can advise you on how to wow your guests with a champagne reception.

First Dance at a Gay Wedding

The first dance can be one of the most romantic moments of the day and a real tear jerker for the guests. It can also be a really nerve racking experience for those taking part! Remember – it is your choice if you choose to do a first dance – don’t be forced in to it but make sure you inform your DJ or band and your best man/best woman to ensure nobody puts pressure on you on the big day.

If you choose to do a first dance think about a song that is special for both of you perhaps based on the words of the song or a memory from a time in your relationship. If you want the band to play it – make sure they know it and if you want the DJ to play it, make sure he or she has it! Do not spring it on them on the day.

Gay Wedding Entertainment will help you decide on the right entertainment for your style of wedding whether that be hiring a DJ, booking a band or even organising a Ceilidh! We can advise you on choosing a gay friendly wedding photographer as the last thing you want is for someone who has an attitude towards gay men and lesbians to be in charge of taking your wedding photo’s.

Entertainment is a massive part of your wedding so be sure to pick wisely and give your guests something they will love. Where possible make sure you choose a band or DJ who have come recommended. A good band/DJ can make or break an evening party and you will want your guests to have a great time dancing the night away.

The evening entertainment is a matter of personal choice and budget. When you choose your band make sure you look at their repertoire of music as you don’t want to be hiring a heavy metal band if you want them to playing Swing! Most bands will have a website or some performances uploaded to YouTube so make sure you check them out first before you hire.
Agree what time the band will arrive, how long will they take to set up and will it be before the guests arrive?

Agree how many breaks the band will take and what length the breaks will be and will they play any taped music in between breaks.

If you want the band to have a particular dress code make sure you agree this beforehand.

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