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Fifteen Great Ideas

7. Leave no canvas blank.
A tent shouldn’t feel like a sealed, claustrophobic cell. For an outdoor reception in a wooded area, event designer Frank Alexander used a single layer of sheer voile imprinted with trees around the tent’s perimeter. The setting sun silhouetted the real trees outside and cast the room in an ambient orange (from $12,500, 212-677-5176;

8. Keep kids occupied (and mom and dad happy).
Children are great at weddings—unless they’re bored and wailing. If the kids are old enough (8 to 12), create a kids’ table somewhere far from parents—“so both can enjoy themselves,” says Fête’s Josh Brooks. “You can put things like sketch pads and colored pencils on their table, and still have an elegant-looking tabletop that matches the rest of the wedding’s décor.” Or better yet, splurge, and create a separate haven for them with movies, toys, sleeping bags and, most importantly, a babysitter. The Baby Sitters’ Guild can send nannies and entertainment (from $50 per hour, per sitter; 212-682-0227;

9. Let guests ham it up.
Have your photographer set up a portrait photo studio on-site (it’s usually against a blank wall or a seamless backdrop), where guests can take unlimited digital pictures of themselves. Photographer Brian Dorsey posts them on his website, so everyone can order prints ($1,750; 212-227-6772; After a few drinks, even the camera-shy will give it a turn. For the newlyweds, it’s another whole set of pics to obsess over after the party.


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