Wedding Planning Tips: How to Create a Memorable Reception

A wide variety of Philadelphia-area vendors are ready to elevate your special day from typical to unforgettable.

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Make an Entrance

First impressions definitely do matter.

“If you’re throwing a fancy black-tie wedding, then literally roll out a red carpet for your guests to set the formal tone from the minute they approach the door,” says Renee Patrone, owner of Weddings by Renee in Philadelphia.

Red carpets can be had for any occasion at Select Event Rentals ( in King of Prussia. To enhance the magic, have a photographer there to snap pictures of your A-list guests upon arrival.

Local Flavor

For those proud to be Philadelphians, Barness has seen couples welcome a little hometown pizzazz to the party by strutting in some Mummers in full costume to entertain the crowd. Or, if you really want to get everyone pumped up, look no further than the Eagles Pep Band. What football-fanatic bride and groom wouldn’t love hearing guests break out into an “E-A-G-L-E-S … Eagles!” chant? And we’ve heard that the Phillie Phanatic also has a soft spot for romance. Hint, hint.

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