7 Secrets to Creating a Fun Wedding

Everyone Wants to Have a Fun Wedding

Having fun doesn’t mean it has to be a drunk fest or everyone getting out of hand at your wedding. However, fun doesn’t just magically happen because you hire a DJ either. Here are some tried and true ways The Bella Sera Event Center has helped our couples create fun elements throughout their celebrations.

1) Put yourself in your guests shoes.

 Wedding celebrations run for many hours; think about what you yourself think is fun to do.

What does it take to create the type of fun wedding you want your guests to enjoy? Do you enjoy having a nice cocktail? Tasting delicious appetizers? Experiencing something you’ve never seen before? Dancing to great music? Taking funny photos with your friends? Laughing? Sharing a special time with close friends and family?

On the flip side…Do you think it’s fun to sit around for long periods of time with nothing to do? Paying for your own drinks during the long cocktail hour? Sitting next to people you don’t know for more than 3 or 4 hours?

When you take your guest experience into consideration over the long celebration (sometimes 5 – 7 hours), it’s easier to budget and plan for those things that will delight your guests.

 Fun weddings include dancing

2) Choose the perfect DJ, because your DJ is one of the keys to having a fun wedding.

 DJ’s can be the hit of the party with every guest enjoying every minute, or the reason many guests leave early and consider your wedding just another typical wedding. When choosing your DJ, think of the outcome you want first. Don’t choose your DJ simply because you were given a discount; many times you get what you pay for. Hire a creative DJ who has a great personality, a top-notch sound system, creative ideas, and a music plan that matches your style to keep everyone on the dance floor all night. You only have one shot at your once-in-a-lifetime celebration; you don’t want to have any regrets.

Top-notch DJ at Bella Sera

3) Keep guests happy during the long cocktail hour.

Everyone goes to a wedding hoping to sample delicious food and beverages as they celebrate the marriage of their close friends. The cocktail hour is the one time your guests will feel that the celebration is stagnant and boring f they have to sit around for an hour with nothing to do. Formal picture taking and bustling the brides dress before dinner takes an average of 60 – 90 minutes, so imagine how your guests feel if there is no food served and they have to pull out their wallets for a drink. When setting up your budget, plan for a few appetizers for each guest as well as complimentary beer and wine during this one-hour. Even one FREE drink ticket per guest is a nice way to treat your guests and say thank you for coming. You will not regret it, and your guests will appreciate your hospitality and look forward to the rest of the events that evening.

Fun weddings have butler passed appetizers

Mashtini bar at Bella Sera

 

4) Surprise your guests with something unexpected.

Everyone loves surprises! How can you personalize your celebration and include something that none of your guests expected? Does your venue offer something unique and one-of-a–kind your guests have never experienced like state-of-the-art lighting, a wall of interactive fog, bubble walls, special effects of any kind or items that are suspended from the ceiling? What about a comedian during dinner or a caricature artist? One of the most popular surprises is a choreographed dance by someone in the wedding party or the immediate family. There has been many a father daughter dance that had guests roaring with laughter and excitement. Just check them out on YouTube. Ask your wedding party to prepare well-planned toasts that share stories of some fun times, create a fun slideshow that shares funny memories of your past, release dinner tables with trivia from your favorite sports team or facts about the two of you, create a unique grand entrance, or rent a photo booth and get everyone involved in the fun. These are just a few ideas.

Wedding confetti at Bella Sera

Fog Wall at The Bella Sera

5) Sports fan? Rent your favorite sports team van to shuttle your guests to their hotel.

Now this is fun! Who doesn’t love football? Everyone will remember this ride forever.

Denver Broncos Wedding at Bella Sera

Bride and Groom inside the Denver Broncos Orange Crush Van

6) Provide and interactive food station like a S’mores Bar, Mashtini Bar, Ice Cream Sundae Bar or Chocolate Fountain.

Everyone loves to roast marshmallows, pile their ice cream sundae up as high as they can, and indulge in chocolate. After a long night on the dance floor, guests love these special treats.
S'mores bar for wedding reception

fun weddings always include interactive food stations

Fun weddings have Chocolate Fountains

7) Design a fun Ceremony program to entertain and educate guests.

Why not educate and entertain your guests while they sit and wait for your ceremony to begin? Get creative with your programs and the information you share. The more everyone knows about the two of you, how you met, what you love to do together, who your wedding party is, the more fun the celebration will be for them and the more they will remember the experience.

 

The Wedding Program

Fun wedding program at Bella Sera

 

All it takes is a little creativity and some pre-planning to ensure your wedding is fun and memorable. We hope you enjoy some of these creative ideas. Bella Sera Event Center’s team are masters at creating fun weddings. For more ideas on how to create a fun wedding check out our photos on our weddings page.

Mekella and Jake – A Modern Romantic Dream Wedding

It took over a year to plan, teams of wedding professionals and a handful of special effects to produce, but the dream wedding that Mekella had envisioned, became a reality.

hanging cake, crystal chandelier, dramatic draping for a wedding

When Mekella came to Elisabeth Montoya, lead wedding designer at The  Bella Sera, she had a good idea of what she wanted. She wanted a hip, modern, romantic wedding celebration. Most of all, she wanted to amaze her guests. Over the next year, Elisabeth and Mekella spent countless hours pouring over choices and exploring options until, indeed, they had planned Mekella’s dream wedding celebration.

The twin ballrooms at The Bella Sera, magically transformed, took on the look and feel of a very VIP nightclub. From the 14’ ice bar with dual martini luges, dry-ice drinks, indoor  and outdoor lounge areas, cool blue LED lighting, a hanging cake and the ever changing fog wall, every piece came together to transport Mekella and Jake’s family and friends to a completely different world.

ice bar with custom decoration for a wedding

The night began with the guests seated, awaiting the bride’s entrance in a  ballroom dripping with crystal chandeliers, candle light and flowers. The magic began when Mekella and her  uncle appeared through a curtain of glitter on the fog wall. The fog wall itself is a thin curtain of fog that the pros at Bella Sera projected blue glitter on. The glitter appeared to float on air until they walked through and the curtain parted around them. It was a truly magical moment. The Bella Sera is the first event venue in the United States to have this technology.

bride makes entrance through wall of fog

After the romantic candle light ceremony they moved to the reception ballroom and the magic continued. The cool blue walls highlighted the dramatic draping, multiple crystal chandeliers and stunning ice bar. The table top decor, from Vickie’s Flowers was tall, white, dripping with bling and picked up the sparkle of Bella Sera’s specialty lighting perfectly.

Suspended from the ceiling on a floating platform of flowers sat a magnificent 4’ wedding cake from Elegant Bakery. The cake composed of red velvet, white and chocolate tiers along with the display were the hit of the night.dramtic grand wedding cake on hanging table

After feasting on a sumptuous 3-course dinner of Chef John’s Italian masterpieces from the Italiano Menu, DJ Done rocked the house. Elisabeth and the team at Pure Energy Events created a lounge area in front of the DJ for the dancers to congregate. For those looking for a more laid back feel Mekella created a outdoor lounge complete with firepit and LED furniture.

Outdoor Lounge at The Bella Sera

Also entertaining was the fog wall. The guests congregated in the mist of fog all night trying to catch the shooting images as they danced and swirled in thin air!  Everyone took home a memory from the photobooth

Fog Wall at The Bella Sera

A wedding like this doesn’t come together without a lot of time, work and a host of professionals but working with Mekella and Jake was a blast. They are an adorable, gracious, creative and talented young couple. We wish them all the best in their new life together as husband and wife!

A special thank you to Mark  Alison Photography for all of the gorgeous photos…as usual!

Vendors:

Mark Alison Photography

Video by Adam Fusion Films

Cake by Elegant Bakery

Flowers by Vickie’s Flowers

Ice Sculpture by Icesculpture.com

DJ- DJ Done (Joe)

Lounge Furniture by Pure Energy Events

Catering by The Bella Sera Event Center, Chef John Montoya

Design, Decor, Wedding Planning and Coordination by Elisabeth Montoya

Dry Ice Drinks, Liquor and Bar by The Bella Sera Event Center

Get S’more Out of Your Wedding Reception

7ma_1808Who doesn’t love s’mores?  No one that I know.

Part of that is because it reminds us of our childhood. Weddings are like that too, full of memories. Isn’t it time that the two were brought together?

That’s what we thought.

Let me introduce you to our fabulous new S’mores bar!

We didn’t stop at the memory inducing s’mores of your childhood, we wanted to do so much more. How about an Elvis S’more? Maybe you would rather have a Grasshopper S’more with that hint of mint married with the taste of barely melting chocolate and ooey gooey marshmallows. Yummmmmm

Your guests will love our newest edition. Our beautiful custom designed S’mores Bars brings the outdoors in! Stocked with a delicious array of everything you need to create the perfect designer S’more.  Crispy graham crackers, rich chocolate and fluffy sweet marshmallows. Then there are all the extras to put your personal S’more creation over the top. Peanut butter and mint are only 2 of your many options.

What fun your family and friends will have reliving all those old memories and making new ones for the next generation. Special moments are made when friends gather around a fire.

Come visit Bella Sera, we have a knack for making your wedding reception one you and your guests will never forget.

Wedding Cake Traditions

The Wedding Cake is the one menu item your guests can’t wait to taste!

Classic Elegant White Wedding Cake with Red Roses at Bella Sera

Besides the tradition and symbolism of the bride and groom cutting the wedding cake, there’s also the important details to decide such as the design and shape of the cake, the flavors, and which of the Top 20 Songs to play for the cake cutting ceremony. Hopefully you’ll gather some good tips from this post.

At Bella Sera our design team believes the wedding cake is the main focal point and centerpiece of the reception. The wedding cake is said to be only outclassed by the beauty of the bride. So true! It is always prominently and beautifully displayed in our ballroom with gorgeous linens, candles and embellishments, and unique backdrops that compliment the design of each custom designed wedding cake.

Just look at these beautiful wedding cakes and how each one is an expression of the personalities and design style of our brides and grooms; from the colors, design, cake tiers, frosting, flavors, cake toppers, and of course, the cake bases and table décor. It’s no wonder why everyone waits anxiously to indulge in this decadent dessert.

A Gorgeous Wedding Cake Backdrop at Bella Sera

Gone Fishing Wedding Cake Topper at Bella Sera

 

Ball and Chain Cake Topper at Bella Sera

 

Shabby Chic wedding cake at Bella Sera

So what does the cake cutting tradition represent?

The cake cutting tradition dates back many, many years. However, the modern cake-cutting ceremony signifies the first joint task that the bride and groom perform together as husband and wife. This tradition is very special and is one that is practiced at nearly every wedding you will attend. The bride with the “help” of the groom cuts the first piece of cake. The Groom feeds the bride first and she feeds him second. The tradition of feeding the cake to each other signifies a commitment to take care of one’s partner and provide the sustenance the other person needs in the marriage. Neither partner touches the other during the feeding. By not touching each other during the feeding, each person pledges to perform their tasks unaided.

Cakes, as well as bread have always been part of the celebration of a marriage. The ancient Romans considered bread to be a symbol of fertility. Some believe that a couple was not considered married until they had broke the bread and eaten it together.

The cake is also the last thing that guests eat, which leaves a definite lasting impression. Since it is the last formal ceremony of the wedding, etiquette states that guests may leave after the cake cutting. This is why you will see many grandparents or elderly guests leave a reception after they have had cake and coffee.

Wedding cake designs can be elegant and extravagant, artistic, or just downright fun.

Gorgeous Asian Fusion Wedding Cake at Bella Sera

Elegant Red Roses on Wedding Cake at Bella Sera

 

Ice Cake Stand with Denver Bronco Grooms Cake at Bella Sera

 

Doctor Who Tardis Police Box Wedding Cake at Bella Sera

 

A Stunning Wedding Cake Backdrop at Bella Sera

 

Artistic Black, White and Fuschia Wedding Cake at Bella Sera

What’s your favorite flavor?

  • Café Latte Cake
  • Classic Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Decadent Chocolate
  • Hazelnut Praline 
  • Italian Rum 
  • Lemon Cake with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting
  • Old Fashioned Carrot Cake
  • Pink Champagne Cake with Raspberry Mousse Filling
  • Pink Strawberry Swirl Cake
  • Spice Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting
  • Tres Leches Cake

From decadent fillings to extraordinary design and cake table décor, your wedding cake can easily become something that guests will brag about for a very long time.

Winter Wonderland Themed Wedding Cakes 

Winter Wedding Cake 6 Tier at Bella Sera

 

Winter Wedding Cake at Bella Sera

 

Winter Wedding Cake with adorable Polar Bear Topper at Bella Sera

 

Winter 4 Tier Wedding Cake at Bella Sera

 

To create the perfect mood for the cake cutting ceremony, you’ll want to be sure to pick the perfect song to top it all off. You’re sure to find one from this list of  “The Top 20 Wedding Cake Cutting Songs”: 

  1. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head – Dean Martin

  2. Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast

  3. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations

  4. Chapel Of Love – The Dixie Cups
  5. Candy Man – Christina Aguilera
  6. Cut The Cake
 – Average White Band
  7. Eat it – Weird Al Yankovic
  8. Happy Together – The Turtles

  9. Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  10. How Sweet It Is
- James Taylor
  11. I Do (Cherish You) – 98 Degrees

  12. I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher

  13. It’s Your Love  – Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
  14. Love And Marriage
 – Frank Sinatra
  15. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
  16. Recipe For Love
 – Harry Connick Jr.
  17. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
  18. That’s Amore
- Dean Martin
  19. The Sweetest Thing – U2

  20. This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole


So now that you know the reason for the cake cutting ceremony, don’t forget to share it with your fiancé. Your guests will also enjoy learning about the reason behind the cake cutting, so ask your DJ to make a short introduction before you cut the cake explaining the symbolism behind the tradition. When shopping for inspirations on design, colors, tiers, flavors and decor embellishments, it’s best to choose a baker who has been in the wedding business for several years to ensure the design is perfect, the flavor is amazing, and that there is plenty of cake for all of your guests. Have fun with the whole experience, and don’t make your cake an after thought or last minute decision.

If you enjoyed these tips, be sure to share this post with a friend.

 

Elisabeth Montoya

Designer and co-owner of The Bella Sera Event Center

 

 

 

The Bella Sera Event Center

Thanks for stopping by at the Bella Sera Event Center Blog.

A truly special celebration deserves an amazing, distinctive venue, where every guest and family member is the guest of honor and every detail is thoughtfully planned in advance.

Our core values of integrity, compassion, creativity, and passion for what we do – along with our one-of-a-kind creative approach to each and every event – are what makes Bella Sera a success and what differentiates our celebrations from those held at other venues.

These values are our foundation and help us make a personal connection with all of our customers and their guests. Since 2004, Bella Sera has earned our reputation as the premier North Denver wedding venue and special event center because of our sophisticated ambiance, our team of event design and event planning experts, delicious and affordable catering, 25 plus years experience in the hospitality industry, and caring approach to creating personalized celebrations for each and every client.

The Bella Sera is one of the most popular wedding reception sites in Denver, visit our website today.

Catering at the Bella Sera

Bella Sera Event Center offers on-site and off-site wedding catering and special event catering for celebrations in and around Denver, Colorado. Every function we cater is treated as unique, which is why menu planning at Bella Sera begins with a discussion of what the bride and groom, host, or hostess wants… from tempting appetizers, entrées, and desserts to fine cheeses, fresh fruits, and our amazing chocolate fountains.

The Bella Sera Catering Difference

For more than two decades, Bella Sera owner John Montoya Jr. has owned and managed multiple restaurants throughout Colorado, and he brings his experience and expertise to wedding catering and special event catering at Bella Sera. John is proud to offer his exclusive and extensive catering menu for all types of special events at Bella Sera or at another location chosen by the bride and groom, host or hostess.

Follow this link to visit The Bella Sera Event Center website and download our menus.

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