Increased Popularity of Colorful Carnival-Themed Wedding Receptions Creates New Wedding Trends, Says

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Fanciful festivities from photo booths to funnel cakes turn the ordinary reception into an extraordinary affair.

Brides and grooms are transporting guests back to their childhood with carnival-inspired wedding receptions. Strewn with brightly colored balloons and streamers and offering everything from ring toss to cotton candy, these fun-filled celebrations add a magical touch to the special day. (

Today’s wedding receptions are less about the usual dinner, dancing and cake and instead about bringing a fantasy to life, while leaving guests with a memorable experience.

"Choosing to incorporate a theme like the carnival allows couples to put a really creative twist on the traditional wedding reception," says Brett Reynolds, CEO of "From the food to the decorations, there are endless possibilities for customizing a carnival fit for any bride and groom."

In place of the typical plated or buffet style dinners, couples following the carnival theme are choosing to hire food trucks to serve hungry guests fun fare including hamburgers, corn dogs, French fries and pizza-by-the-slice. Apart from providing the guests with grub, food trucks also add to the carnival's atmosphere. Dessert features fried dough like funnel cakes, along with cotton candy, ice cream, snow cones and maybe even a layered rainbow cake. A popcorn machine adds to the ambiance, while giving family and friends something to munch on throughout the evening.

Tables decorated with paper flowers and scattered ticket stubs atop colorful tablecloths set the mood, while stuffed animals are given away as favors. Besides dancing, guests at these festivals of love are kept entertained by trying their luck at a game of ring toss or striking a pose for the camera in the photo booth. And in lieu of the dollar dance, a kissing booth allows guests to pay for a peck on the cheek from the bride or groom.

A carnival-themed reception can be as scaled down or as over-the-top as a couple is willing to take it. But one thing’s for sure, with its whimsical qualities, this playful party will have guests talking. And what better way to celebrate as newlyweds than with a trip to the carnival.

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