How to create a lavish and modern celebration

Receptions // by Nicole Deuble

You want a next-level reception that’s creative and chic… on your own terms. We get it.

The key here is to source the best of everything and take a relaxed approach to tradition where necessary. So, lock in a jaw-dropping venue, serve a cracker menu of cutting-edge cuisine and wines, and ensure everything from your invites to your gourmet gift bags is seriously top notch. This style works best with a tightly edited guest list, ensuring that you never have to compromise quality for quantity. Need a little more inspiration? We’ve got you covered…

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The venue…

A statement venue will set the tone from the start. Look for architecturally impressive sites including libraries, art galleries and converted warehouses or seek out a plush, five-star restaurant for a deluxe dinner-party experience.



The details…

Each Insta-ready element, from the creative lighting to the confetti drop on your first dance, should be chosen for visual impact and sheer enjoyment. Your palette might be guided by anything from a Pantone swatch-book to current catwalk trends, or even a spread from your favourite magazine (hint, hint!).


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Bring in a ‘chandelier’ made from sculptural greenery or commission your florist to smother the tables with masses of romantic pink and red roses. Then keep guests gushing with a dedicated lounge area, jazz band or DJ, bubbly bar, video booth, or a flower station where they can create their own corsage or boutonnière.

Don’t be afraid to shake up your running order — some couples even meet privately for a pre-ceremony ‘first look’ photo shoot — and plan for an after party, complete with a playful late-night menu and a dress change for you.


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The honeymoon…

Explore the Big Apple or Japan! To get inspired for a city chic honeymoon in Japan’s capital, take a look at this accommodation guide from our sister site, Holidays for Couples.

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