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Planning a summer wedding reception

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Summer wedding sensations

Congratulations on getting engaged! If you are planning a summer wedding, you can incorporate fresh ideas and summery touches to make your wedding reception special. We talked to Andrea Correale, president and founder of Elegant Affairs, for insight on budget wedding centerpieces and the latest trends in summer wedding food.

Summer wedding centerpieces

Cursive number 1Summer wedding centerpiecesEdible

Forget the cocktail table flowers and substitute with edible centerpieces. Use glass cube vases and cube votives filled with pita triangles, veggies, spreads and dips. They are just as gorgeous, practical and cost effective.

Cursive number 2Rustic

Place a lazy Susan in the center of each reception table and fill with loaves of whole and sliced bread. Surround with pates, flavored butters, olive oil cruets, and pillar and votive candles. It creates a bountiful rustic look.

Cursive number 3Simple

Place a tall glass vase on each table. Fill with either whole fruits, zen type stones or rocks, or colored water and floating flowers.

4Drinkable

Rent gorgeous oversized wine buckets and place in the middle of each table. Simply fill with ice and wine. Surround with votives to complete the look.

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