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Tips for personalizing your wedding 

Wow guests with original wedding reception features

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Many brides envision a themed wedding reception with beautiful matching decorations. Couples can add more personal touches, however, with some inexpensive do-it-yourself projects.

  Don't settle for the same old table centerpieces and prefabricated decorations. One way to put a personal mark on each table at your reception is to find knickknacks or trinkets that mean something special to you, then use spray paint to turn them into a coordinated collection that can spark dinner conversation.

  Paint mismatched candlesticks and Christmas bulbs with spray paint in your wedding colors to create a glistening and glamorous centerpiece. Similarly, turn lovebird figures and plain tins into one-of-a kind favors.

  Custom-made napkin rings are a personal detail for reception tables. Personalize wood or metal rings (available at crafts stores) by gluing on small decorations, ornaments or initials and spray-painting them to coordinate with other table decorations.

  Numbering the tables is an easy way to direct guests to their seats, and it's simple to add elegance by using inexpensive photo frames purchased from a store or garage sale, or collected from around your home. Purchase house numbers, like those used on mail boxes or home entrances, that will fit the glass area of the picture frames. Remove the glass, clean and spray paint the frame and numbers the color of your choice. While those dry, spray the glass with Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like paint, which transforms clear glass into a mirror-like surface. When everything is dry, reassemble the frames and use an adhesive to bond the table number to the front of the glass. Nestle the numbers among your other table decorations for an elegant presentation.

  Add personal touches to your guest book table by converting an old birdhouse into a vessel where guests can put cards. Spray paint the birdhouse in your wedding colors and complementary metallic colors for an eye-catching display.

  Find photos of the bride and groom during childhood or snapshots from their courtship and frame one or two for each table, along with information about the picture. It often prompts guests to share their own stories about the bridal couple.

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