6 Wedding Reception Alternatives

May 15, 2022 | kailey

Image by Michelle Sobel. See more of this real wedding here.

Save money, add adventure to your big day, make your wedding unlike-any-other—there are dozens of reasons why couples decide to ditch a traditional reception. Weddings are evolving and more couples are steering away from conventional celebrations. So if a traditional sit-down dinner reception doesn’t speak to you, there are a variety of alternatives to choose from. From sunset cruises to outdoor movie nights, here are a few of our favorite ways to end your celebration with an unexpected twist. 

1. A Movie Under The Stars 

There’s no better combination than your favorite cocktails, popcorn, and your favorite film. Then add all of your favorite people to the mix—it’s the perfect recipe for a relaxing and memorable reception experience. Because after a full day celebrating, hitting the dance floor might not be the first thing on your mind. 

For couples trying to come up with an entirely original approach to their wedding reception, a movie night is the way to go. You can hire a company to take care of the set up and tear down or save money in your budget by setting up your own projector and sheet. Either way, it’s a great option to consider if you’re in search of a fun, quirky, and family-friendly reception alternative. 

2. Set Sail On A Sunset Cruise 

Let your love set sail on a romantic, solo sunset cruise or party it up with your loved ones on a booze cruise. Hitting the water is making waves in the wedding world, especially for those adventurous couples that want to shake up their big day. 

Image by Luxart Wedding Studio. See more of this styled-shoot here.

3. Get Your Brunch On

Weddings and brunch are two of our favorite things. And when you combine them both, magical things happen—your guests will agree. You can kickstart your wedding day with breakfast surrounded by loved ones or get your brunch on the next day to enjoy each other’s company again. Whichever you choose, mimosas and pancakes are sure to set your celebration apart. 

4. Light Up The Night With A Bonfire And Food Trucks 

Food trucks, bonfires, and s’mores make for the ultimate after wedding bash—especially for those chilly fall and winter celebrations. This low-key reception idea is a great way to cut costs without having to completely ditch a reception all together. 

Bringing in your favorite food trucks creates a relaxed reception vibe while still offering a variety of food options for you and your guests. This can also be an easy way to appease many different dietary restrictions and preferences. Along with food trucks and s’more kits, keep your guests warm by serving toasty drinks like hot chocolate and tea. 

Image by Elena Popa Photography. See more of this styled-shoot here.

5. Make A Splash

Let your love make a splash—literally! Whether you change into your swimsuits or cannon ball in your wedding day attire, a dip in the pool is an epic way to end your wedding day. This is perfect for laid-back couples tying the knot in those warmer spring and summer months. Plus it’s the perfect excuse to exchange vows in an epic Airbnb venue with a pool. 

While Airbnb properties are typically best for small getaways there are some homeowners who have designed their space to be perfect for events—like weddings. If you’re sold on an Airbnb celebration that ends with an after-ceremony swim, read up on these tips for planning an unforgettable Airbnb wedding

Image by Henry Tieu Photography. See more of this real wedding here.

6. Jetset Off For Your Honeymoon 

There are no rules when it comes to planning the wedding of your dreams. No one gets to tell you what elements to include or where to spend your money. And for couples looking to tie the knot in front of loved ones while saving money on the after-party, consider ditching a reception altogether to get an early start on your honeymoon.

Receptions are typically the most expensive part of any wedding. And planning an alternative or forgoing a post-wedding party altogether can give you more money to spend towards your exotic honeymoon. Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or take this celebration international, kickstart your planning by reading our guide for planning the honeymoon of your dreams.

Image by Apollo Fotographie. See more of this real wedding here.

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Gorgeously Detailed Portugal Greenhouse Wedding

May 15, 2022 | morgan

Bruna and Alfredo’s wedding is the perfect inspiration for couples dreaming of outdoor nuptials without worrying about the elements. Their Portugal greenhouse wedding is bright, colorful, and perfectly decorated with small and meaningful details. With the help of their planner, Parque da Penha, the couple brought their dream wedding to life.

From the personalized wedding logo to the incredible floral ceiling installation, these images captured by Arte Magna will transport you to a Portugal greenhouse wedding that dreams are made of. Keep scrolling to see what we mean! 

The Couple:

Bruna and Alfredo

The Wedding:

Palacete da Camarinha, Arcozelo, Portugal

Palacete da Camarinha Was The Perfect Location

We’re so proud of the venue location. Palacete da Camarinha was the perfect environment that was extra special with our decor.

Their Vendor Team Helped Create The Perfect Memories

Finding a wedding vendor team that was able to fully understand us and represent our dreams was most important to us. They worked in all the small details that will stay in our memories forever.

Special Personalized Details

We tried to make a lot of details ourselves. We created our logo and symbols that represent us and personalized handmade napkins for our wedding with personal symbols like the Turkish eye (the local of wedding proposal) and others.

Their Favorite Wedding Day Memories

Our favorite memories are of the Catholic ceremony where an intimate and very special moment was created for us and our guests. We also loved cutting the cake with the back of the Palacete da Camarinha behind us!

Working with Junebug Photographer Arte Magna

Arte Magna was simply amazing! They made us feel so comfortable and special. They were able to capture every moment of the day in a subtle and very professional way—we barely even noticed them and their cameras.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Arte Magna
Event Planning – Parque da Penha
Venue – Palacete da Camarinha
Catering – Encontrus Catering
Cake – Cake Details by Alcina Maia
Live Music – Funk You Brass Band + Lilian Raquel
Videography – Every Heart
Invitation Design – Maria Barros Designer
Makeup Artist – Andrea Sousa
Rings – Bvlgari


Congratulations to Bruna and Alfredo on their incredible Portugal greenhouse wedding! And special thanks to Junebug photographer Arte Magna for sharing their special day with us. To see more of their work check out their profile in our directory of talented wedding vendors from around the world

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Romantic Pastel Peach Micro Wedding Inspiration

May 14, 2022 | riley

Although the wedding industry is booming once again, micro weddings are here to stay as couples shift their focus from large celebrations to small nuptials with their closest loved ones. Florist Bloominati Florals partnered up with planner Luna And The Lane and dreamt up this pastel peach micro wedding inspiration that further proves that minimonies are far from boring.

The Ravenswood–a 15th West Essex century estate–was the perfect backdrop for the styled shoot. The brides exchanged vows amongst elegant drapery, columns made of soft apricot and blush roses, and the glow of candlelight. But the charming aesthetic didn’t stop there–carrying into the reception decor

The floral backdrop that framed the couple during the ceremony was repurposed around the dinner table, making the intimate affair both whimsical and eco-friendly. Paired with the tapered candles and wedding cake covered in realistic sugar flowers, the post-ceremony celebration was straight out of a fairytale.  If you’re looking for opulent garden wedding inspiration, then you’re going to love these photos beautifully captured by Lauren Knuckey Photography.

The Epic Wedding Fashion At This Peach Micro Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Real couple Arita and Clare rocked a satin three-piece suit and a ruffled-sleeved embroidered A-line gown from Crazy In Love Bridal–think modern-day Bridgerton.

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The Talented Team:

Photography – Lauren Knuckey Photography
Concept & Floral Design – Bloominati
Ceremony Venue – The Ravenswood
Styling – Luna And The Lane
Floral Assistant – Studio by Stown
Cake – Cakes In Bloom
Invitation Design – Abbie Worton Design
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Jane RosemaryBelle Denbury
Wedding Dress & Suit – Crazy In Love Bridal
Bridal Accessories – Di by Diane Hassall & Saint Beth Accessories
Tableware – Place Settings
Fabric Installations, Table Runners, Napkins, & Ribbons – Mia Sylvia
Models – Clare & Aurita


Thanks again to Lauren Knuckey Photography for capturing this elegant pastel peach micro wedding inspiration. And a big thank you to Bloominati Florals for organizing the whole thing! To get started planning your own minimony, check out our guide to planning a micro wedding.

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