Vintage weddings are big news at the moment – but they’re not for everyone. In fact, increasing numbers of couples are now choosing venues that ooze opulence, and add a serious note of class to their big day.

If you’d like glamour on your wedding day, here are some amazing wedding reception ideas – designed to wow your guests and create an atmosphere of pure decadence.

Elegant Ideas for Your Wedding Reception

  1. Table names in picture frames.To create a luxurious vibe, do away with laminated paper table names. Instead, display your table names in elegant gold or silver frames; and be creative with your choice of names. For example, if you’re having a casino theme, naming the tables after famous Bond girls is a great idea! 
  2. Crystal décor. Nothing shines under the lights like crystal. If you don’t want to hire a crystal glass set, decorate your glasses by hanging crystal charms around the base, and sprinkle crystal droplets across the table-cloths. Glue diamantes to your floral displays for even more glitz.
  3. Monochromatic design. There’s something wonderfully opulent about sharp, black-and-white décor. It has an air of Art Deco glamour that lends itself perfectly to modern surroundings. Striking black chair ribbons look stunning against crisp white covers, and black candelabras at the table make a gorgeous contrast to white tablecloths.
  4. Decorate with candles. Here’s a really magical wedding reception idea. Buy several silver or gold tea-light holders, and place them around the room. When your guests are ready to hit the dance-floor in the evening, the candles will create an elegant, ethereal atmosphere.
  5. Let flowers steal the show. If you’re getting married in the summer, here’s a high-impact idea for your wedding reception. Decorate your tables with a profusion of elegant flowers, such as pastel-coloured roses, vibrant tulips or classic hydrangeas. Don’t hold back – the more flowers, the bigger the impact.
  6. Give the perfect favour. Guests love to have something small to take away with them after the wedding is over. Some sumptuous favour ideas for your wedding reception include: hand-made truffles, a tiny bottle of spirits, a personalised shot-glass, personalised table napkin or bespoke bar of soap.
  7. Get sparkly. Glitter always adds to the sense of glamour. Lay out sparklers on the tables, which your guests can light when you and your partner make your grand entrance!
  8. Hire a wedding artist. Looking for a unique way to capture the best parts of the day? Hire a wedding artist, who will draw quick-fire portraits of your guests and of the celebrations themselves. Alternatively, rent a photo-booth for the day and encourage your guests to get posing.
  9. Include unexpected materials. Who said that your wedding reception should be dominated by satin ribbons and organza? Tie your table napkins with black leather for a sharp, sophisticated look; or use crimson velvet chair covers to add a note of drama.
  10. Keep the drinks elegant. It goes without saying that, if you want a glamorous wedding, champagne or fizzy wine needs to feature! However, you can take your drinks even further by hiring a professional mixologist to make cocktails in the evening, which is sure to be a hit with your guests.

Your Wedding Reception Ideas – at an Elegant Venue

When you’re creating the perfect wedding reception, it’s vital to find a venue that will work with your creative vision. The Dumfries Arms have a team of expert wedding planners waiting to help you with your big day. To find out more, call us on 01290 429 230.