Wedding reception ideas for a fire and ice theme

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Wedding reception ideas for a fire and ice theme
Red candles displayed around the reception hall represent the fire element. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Choose the dramatic theme of fire and ice for a wedding reception that will wow your guests. Unify two opposing elements found in nature, fire and ice, and bring them together on your wedding day. Select a vibrant or deep red colour to represent the fire and silver or a pale blue to symbolise ice. Use a third neutral colour, such as white, to balance out the theme.

Reception Layout

Use the size of your guest list, venue layout and budget to decide how to display the fire and ice theme at your wedding reception. A dramatic option for a large guest list is to rent two adjoining banquet rooms and theme one in fire and one in ice and let guests mingle between the rooms. For smaller weddings or a reception held in one room, combine the elements and have fire and ice displayed side by side in harmony.

Table Linens and Centerpieces

Reinforce the wedding theme by creating ice tables and fire tables for guests by using coordinating table linen colours and eye-catching centrepieces. For a fire table, use a red tablecloth with a silver overlay, red chair covers with silver bows, and red candles or flameless luminarias for the centrepiece. Create ice tables by using a blue tablecloth with silver overlay, silver chair covers with blue bows, and an ice sculpture for the centrepiece. Alternate the fire and ice tables throughout the reception room.

Fire Element Ideas

There are many choices available when choosing what items to represent the fire element at the reception. Obvious choices include red candles, which can be used in various sizes and heights for effect, and flameless luminarias, which will not burn or blow out like regular candles. For an unforgettable fire item and if the venue permits, hire a "fire-eating" performer to put on a show for your guests.

Ice Element Ideas

Items to represent the ice element can be easily displayed with the food items, such as silver serving trays, crystal dinnerware and glasses, and ice-sculpted bowls on a dessert buffet. Ice sculptures are an eye-catching item which guests are sure to talk about. Use smaller ice sculptures on the guest tables and larger ones on the cake table and main bridal party table. Or, consider using hanging mock icicles from the ceiling or using light blue recess lighting to create a winter effect.

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