Creative and Fun Hospitality Tables

A hospitality table is a great way to set the tone for your event. It welcomes guests and gives them a glimpse into the rest of your wedding. A hospitality or welcome table can hold anything from water, lemonade, mixed cocktails, cookies, programs, and petals for your guests to sprinkle on you when you exit. The list is endless and it really makes a great statement. If you’re unsure of what will work best for your wedding, think about the time of the ceremony, location, and season. A lemonade stand might not be ideal for a winter wedding. So if you’re unsure what will be a great first statement, take a look below at some of these glamorous hospitality tables that will set the perfect tone for your wedding festivities.

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Lemonade is always a refreshing drink and makes a great welcome cocktail for your guests. Styling the table with flowers or old vintage furniture also makes a great statement.

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If you’re having a winter wedding in the mountains a cocoa hospitality table is an adorable idea and your guests won’t complain. You can  touch up any table with a fun sign such as the one on the right.

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Like I said before the hospitality table is the guests first impression of your wedding, so be creative and think outside the box.

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A hospitality table with Sangria can be one of the best first impressions and they can be incorporated into any season.

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Hospitality coffee bars are the perfect idea for a morning ceremony!

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Infused water can be an inexpensive idea for a hospitality table and it looks refreshing!

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This Izze hospitality table puts a fun twist on the standard hospitality table and is a great first impression.

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I can’t express how important presentation is for any part of your wedding decor. Vintage furniture can be a great option for those that are looking for a great first impression, and if your thrifty you can probably find the perfect piece at your local antique store or garage sale.

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The hospitality table is all about making your guests feel welcome and comfortable, so add some personalized gifts to your hospitality table and your guests will surely leave with an everlasting impression.

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And last, but certainly not least is my favorite, the apple cider hospitality table. This display is ideal for a fall wedding but would also add the perfect touch for a winter wedding.

The hospitality table is one of my favorite decor elements for a wedding. Not only does it make the first best impression, but it also makes your guests feel welcome and that’s what’s most important. Best of luck planning!

Stacey B.

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Friday Floral: Hellebore

Hellebore, also known as the “Christmas Rose” is known for its ability to survive freezing temps and to bloom during winter and early spring months. It is a perennial flower that is also a part of the Ranunculus family. When we travel to the mountains anytime past July these are great flowers to last all night in the cool mountain temps. Below are a few examples that show how to incorporate this flower into bouquets and boutonnieres.

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This flower comes in a variety of colors including shades of pink, white, purple, and green.

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As mentioned above this flower is both frost resistant and shade tolerant.

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Five petals surround the ring of small cup like noctaries (which hold the nectar).

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This flower originated in Europe and Asia.

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Although this has the nickname of the “Christmas Rose” it isn’t related to the rose family at all contrary to popular belief.

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Many species of this flower can be poisonous but using them in your bouquet doesn’t cause harm.

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Shades of vibrant purple and green can make for an excellent bouquet!

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This flower is also mistaken for Anemone due to the similar characteristics in the petal shape.

Hellebore is a diamond in the rough. Selecting your bouquet flowers can get nauseating at times due to the amount of selection you have. With September around the corner and cooler temps coming through this is an excellent flower to look into. With the variation in color it can be made for a small accent or majority of your color within a bouquet!

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Real Weddings: Chris & Momo – New Years Eve

It’s throw back Thursday and I decided to throw it back to one of my favorite weddings that rang in 2015. Watching the ball drop and setting resolutions are pretty exciting, but no celebration compares to Momo and Chris’s New Year’s Eve, Downtown Denver wedding. The pair was inspired by the traditional black and gold color palette of New Year’s décor, which inspired Alexan Events design concept. Jordan Weiland Photography was lucky enough to count down the last seconds of the year with the newlyweds and captured some seriously fun images as the couple shared the perfect kiss to ring in their New Year, and their new life together.

Photography: Jordan Weiland

Wedding Coordinating: Alexan Events

Floral: Alexan Events

Rentals: Alexan Events

Paper Products: Paper Guppy

Ceremony Location: Central Presbyterian

Reception Location: University Club

Entertainment: Spotlight

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Classic and Stylish Boutonnieres

This classic accouterment for men has tended to cycle in and out of popularity, but there are ways to successfully pair a modern suit with a flower. Smaller, sleeker boutonnieres with fewer elements look more contemporary than the traditional rosebud against a leaf and baby’s breath. A compact orchid, coffee berries, or hypericum berries are stylish alternatives for the perfect look. To get a more in depth look at stylish boutonnieres take a look below for some tips you won’t want to miss.

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The boutonniere should share a common element with the bride’s bouquet. As with the bouquet and boutonniere, you want to choose flowers that can hold up without water for the length of the wedding.

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Instead of finishing off the boutonniere with the standard floral tape, incorporate colorful ribbon or add some burlap.

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Think about the scent. Stephanotis simply smells wonderful, rosemary symbolizes remembrance and is stimulant reported to improve memory, and lavender is renowned for its calming properties.

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Pay tribute to your heritage and make the floral accent more personal with bells of Ireland for the Irish, a snippet of tartan ribbon for the Scottish, and a red flower for the Chinese.

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Be creative and give your boutonnieres a personal touch.

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You don’t even have to use flowers! Style them to what fits you!

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The groomsmen boutonnieres should all match, but the groom’s boutonniere is usually distinguished in some way to make him stand out.

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Don’t forget to order boutonnieres for the fathers of the bride and groom, the ushers, and the ring bearer.

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A boutonniere should be worn only on a jacket with a special boutonniere buttonhole on the lapel. Pinning a boutonniere directly onto a satin lapel will leave lasting holes in the fabric.

Adding a personal touch to the boutonnieres is what makes your wedding stand out from the rest. So have fun and be creative!

Stacey B.

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Is the Bouquet and Garter Toss Right For You?

 The traditions of tossing the bouquet and grater date back to the fourteenth century. As different as they seem today, they share the same roots. Any piece of the bride’s attire was considered lucky, so guests were eager to claim their own bit of good fortune. Overeager guests would rush to the bride to grab at her bouquet, so to protect themselves from a mauling, brides started preemptively tossing their bouquets to the crowd.

The garter toss came from the (kind of creepy) “bedding ceremony.” Guests would accompany the newlyweds to their bedchamber, and the groom’s friends would try to remove the bride’s garters. To avoid being groped by a bunch of men, brides began tossing their garters in their direction. The moral of the story? Watch out for all the singletons.

Both the bouquets and garter toss are completely and utterly optional. Some brides love these rituals, some find them appalling, and other’s can’t wait to toss the bouquet, but wouldn’t be caught dead even touching a garter. Take a look below as I have provided you with some of the best pros and cons to deciding if this tradition is right for you.

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Remember, this is your wedding. You can do one and not the other, neither, or both, or devise some creativity variation.

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Through the garter toss is obviously a light moment, it shouldn’t be va-va-voom raunchy. I have seen one too many grooms remove the bride’s garter with his teeth! Please, exercise a little restrain – this isn’t the bachelor party!

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Whoever you have entertaining the guests for the night, have them call the single men up for catching. Don’t toss away that expensive silk garter. An inexpensive “throw garter” is made just for this purpose.

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Wear the garter on your right leg, just above the knee. It’s not the most comfortable thing, so slip it on right before the toss.

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The bouquet toss, though still whimsical, is obviously a much less tongue-in-cheek moment. It’s something I see more often than the garter toss. When the bride tosses the flowers over her shoulder to her single friends, it’s as if she’s casting her last tie to the single life. It’s also a gesture of generosity, sharing her bounty of love and commitment. The one who catches the bouquet, as we know, is supposed to be the next to marry.

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The bouquet toss has gotten some bad press in the recent years. It can be sort of embarrassing for the single women to be – for lack of a better word – singles out like that.

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Think about the number of single women at your reception, and take age into account. If your expect to have only six, and most of them are north of thirty, the bouquet toss could prove an acute source of embarrassment. It might be better to skip. If you’ve got a large group of young, single friends and relatives, however, it could all be in good fun.

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For sentimental reasons, most brides want to hold on to their actual bouquet. If you do, ask you florist for a tossing bouquet.

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In the past, the bouquet toss was done right before the bride and groom departed, but now people extend the party longer and many guests leave before the end, so it makes sense to hold nit while you’ve still got a substantial audience, and photographer.

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If you’ve also doing a grater toss, it’s tradition to hold that first, but there’s no hard rule.

So what do you think? Is a bouquet or garter toss in your wedding future?

Stacey B.

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