You’ve found your perfect wedding venue – now it’s time to think about your reception! How do you make your celebration stand out from the crowd? Here are 13 amazing new wedding reception trends for 2014…


All that glitters

It’s all about glamour as we go into 2014 and gold is the colour of choice. Keep it elegant by combining with black and white, or add a hint of colour with cool aqua or bubblegum pink. We love gold charger plates, as seen at the real-life wedding. A very classy look for a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast.


Cookie time

What could be finer than a biscuit that looks as good as it tastes? Biscuit pops are small iced delights that make great take-home treats. Be sure to save some for yourself! Try Biscuiteers for some of the best designs or why not have a go at making some yourself?

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Let it snow

Sometimes you want the romance of a winter wonderland, even if it isn’t snowing. Snow Business can create a lavish winter scene using their biodegradable ‘snow’, or even just a delicate shower of falling snow as you walk into the room. What’s more, they’ll clear it all away at the end of your celebration, so no one need ever know it was pretend!


Tricycles of treats

A summer wedding just isn’t the same without a three-wheeler. Visit Ideas Box or Café Bon Bon for an array of tricycles serving everything from candy floss and donuts to cheese and Pimm’s.

Funky DJs

A fabulous DJ makes an equally fabulous party, so find yourself someone who knows how to mix a tune. For inspiration, look no further than the Wedding Smashers, the coolest kids in town. They will assign a dedicated music manager and customise a playlist just for you.


Pop goes the cake

We love big cakes, but also just one sneaky, delicious mouthful can be just as tasty. Cake pops are bite-size pieces of cake on a stick, with decoration to suit your wedding style. Have a large cake pop stand, or a smaller selection in the centre of each table.

Lighten up

The simplest of rooms can look amazing with the right lighting. Think about low-level romantic lighting for tables, or go for the wow factor with giant light-up letters just like we had at the Wedding Ideas Awards 2014.


Cake heaven

Wedding cakes have reached a whole new level of style. Monochrome and metallics are current trends, along with an abundance of height and elegance. Rosalind Miller captures it all perfectly. Don’t miss her 2014 collection.


Strings and things

Romance is, of course, the name of the game and we’re all crying out for equally romantic music. Enchant your guests with a harpist. Katya Herman has a great repertoire, from classical to jazz and has even performed for The Queen.

Fabulous favours

Favours should be so gorgeous your guests can’t wait to pop them in their pockets and sneak them home. We love vintage-style music sheets or DIY details like these cute little hanging hearts, easy to make at home and tie in with your colour scheme.

13-of-the-coolest-wedding-reception-trends-for-2014-stretch-tentsThe great outdoors

We love a marquee, but the coolest weddings this year will be celebrating in Stretch Tents – the oh-so-funky alternative. They look stunning and can cover any area making them wonderfully versatile. Adorn with Chinese lanterns and a bean bag chill-out area for the early hours, and you’ve got yourself a chic, festival-inspired big day.


Photobooth fun

Traditional guest books are fast becoming a thing of the past thanks to the handy snaps you get from photobooths. Most booths now produce double shots so you can stick one in your guestbook with a heartfelt note and keep one to take home as a personal favour. Budget friendly and brilliant!


Cool for kids

Sometimes your younger guests need more than a colouring book to keep them entertained. Enter Sharky and George, the ultimate children’s entertainers who will delight your younger guests from ages three to 12. Think tug of war games, water bombs and treasure hunts… Or even a little cooking so they can offer your guests their homemade chocolate truffles while coffee is served. How cute is that?

Can’t decide on a theme for your reception? We’ve got bags of inspiration right here!