May 2, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 103

Wedding reception decor gets creative, personal

More personal, more inventive.

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Associated Press
Calligraphed paper lemon wedges perched on rims of glass goblets serve as placecards in place settings from the Real Weddings spread, originally published in the spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Combining rusticity and elegance is a modern trend in wedding receptions. Flowers can have a less formal presentation, and seating can be more casual.

Those are the dominant trends in wedding receptions, experts say, in an era when brides have all the resources of the Internet to plan, share and often produce their own affairs.

Many are drawn to something beyond the traditional banquet/speeches/garter throw-and-go reception of the past.

Pins, plans

Sites like Project Wedding, The Knot, Wedding Wire and Pinterest show a wide variety of designs for fabric and paper decorations, centerpieces, color schemes, food table displays and party activities. A bride can take on the creative task herself with friends, or...