Wedding Reception Q&As

Answers to your questions about toasting, timing, and traditional reception rites and rituals.

Q: I wanted to place candles around our floral centerpieces on the reception tables, but our site does not allow them due to a fire code law. Do you have any ideas for a suitable alternative? 

A: It's certainly possible to create a romantic ambience without using candles. If your reception site does not object to your bringing in some extra lighting, then rent a few potted trees from a florist, place them around your reception room and string the branches with strands of twinkling white lights. The effect will be every bit as magical as having candles on the tables. Also, ask if the lights in your reception room can be lowered to enhance the mood. And, if possible, see if you can swap out those white bulbs for pink ones. Pink lighting is soft, and it flatters every skin tone, so guests, too, will love the results!

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