Even in difficult financial times when a couple decide to get married and have a traditional wedding with the usual marriage ceremony and reception they seem to want all the various trimmings. This is understandable as this is generally a once in a lifetime event which is going to be a memorable event for the happy couple and all their family and friends.

The happy couple want all their family and friends to witness their commitment to each other and then celebrate with them at the following reception. Receptions vary massively from small receptions held at a local pub to vast receptions held at country houses. Either the local publican has sufficient room to offer seating to all guests with food from a buffet or hot food served by staff or the country house venue organises the event within the house or outside marquee. A growing trend is that the couple decide to hire a wedding coordinator to arrange the event.

Whatever type of wedding reception the couple have they always want the reception to be decorated with 'wedding decorations'. The wedding ceremony is generally limited to the traditional flowers and bows. The evening dance is generally covered by the disco or live band. The reception is where there is a vast industry producing everything for the reception tables where guests will be seated for their meal. Unlike going out for a meal at a restaurant you know you are at a wedding reception simply by the decoration of the tables.

Before you enter the room there is normally a plan layout of the table seating which shows where each guest will be seated. Then on each table will be a card at each place setting with each guests name on it. I have never been to a wedding reception without the tables being covered in a white table cloth. Chairs covered in bright materials with bows on are a nice touch.

The wedding cake is the first wedding decoration that guests notice where the photographer always takes a photo of the couple cutting the cake. Favours for guests used to be a few sweet almonds rapped in a material mesh and tied with a bow. Now there are thousands of different favours you can buy which can come in lovely little boxes which also come in various colours, shapes and sizes. Sometimes the tables are scattered with brightly coloured 'words' normally saying 'Wedding' 'Congratulations' Best Wishes' etc.

The table centrepiece can be a simple rose in a vase to larger flower arrangements. I have been to a reception where a fish bowl has been the centrepiece of each wedding table. Fruit is often used as a centrepiece and now there are companies providing fresh fruit bouquets as centrepieces for wedding table decorations.

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