If you want to make a large impression during your wedding, you shouldn’t just worry about the big things. It’s the simple things that can make a big difference in how your day goes. Whether you’re planning a large, extravagant wedding or a small, intimate affair, here are some ideas to consider for your big day.
Think about your wedding favours
Giving wedding favours to your guests as a token of thanks for attending your wedding is an age-old custom. In today’s world, you can expect the bride and groom to present you with chocolates. Typically, wedding favours are placed at the table where each guest will be seated. Each attendee receives one, with the ones who contributed the most to the wedding (bridesmaids, groomsmen, and bride and groom’s parents) receiving a somewhat more expensive present.
Consider spending a bit more money on your wedding favours. As previously stated, chocolates are a popular option, but giving your guests something a little more unique or personalised will truly demonstrate your gratitude for their attendance at your wedding. You can purchase favours for both women and men, which will help to create the impression that you have given thought to your favours.
The beautiful bride
Every bride should be able to wear what she wants on her wedding day, so if you don’t like the idea of a “white wedding”, then you don’t have to have one! It’s becoming more normal in this day and age to simply go with what you want for your wedding, so if that means a purple dress, then go for it!
Other touches to think about include your hair and make up. Again, it’s not a case of what people expect you to have, it’s what you want for your wedding! Even if that means your hardest decision is balayage vs ombre for your hair, then so be it! As long as you feel beautiful, nothing else matters and your guests certainly won’t mind anyway!
Adding a personal touch to your wedding invitations will make a huge difference in how excited your guests are to attend your big day. If your wedding has a certain theme, coordinating your invitations to give your guests a sneak peek at what to expect is a great idea. There are so many distinct styles to pick from these days that your invitation alone may make a big impression.
Another fantastic option is to either hand write your invitations yourself (which will add a lot of personalization, especially if your guests are familiar with your handwriting) or hire a calligrapher to do it for you. If you choose this option, be sure to write some personal greetings to your guests ahead of time, as this will go a long way.
Entering your reception as as married couple
Making a spectacular entrance for your reception will shift the mood of the entire evening. This doesn’t mean you have to go for a gigantic ice fountain with prosecco pouring out of it (although, how great does that sound?) Make your entrance area unique by including decorations that no one would expect to see. For instance, before the wedding, design some creative paintings of you and your partner.
Another factor to consider is how you and your new partner will enter your reception area. Will you come in during one of your special songs? Or do you prefer the thought of injecting a little levity into your day by strolling in on a completely bizarre song? As a newly married couple, you might even want to make a grand entry. There are a plethora of ways to make a statement through your welcome area, so start brainstorming!
Your guest book
A guest book is a notebook that is placed someplace in the main room, and your guests can sign it to wish you luck, thank you for the day, or even give the bride and groom funny advice. Consider switching it up from a traditional scrapbook. Getting a giant white canvas (or several little ones) and offering marker pens for your guests to sign would be an odd but intriguing method to provide them with a place to sign.
One option that might get a lot of attention is to include a camera with your guest book, so that when you and your partner go through it, you can view self-taken photos of your visitors as you go through it.
Your first dance
It’s possible that planning your first dance as a married couple was not on your mind. It also doesn’t have to be a typical foxtrot dance, for which you’re required to take lessons prior to your wedding. Choosing something unique will completely transform the ambience of your wedding day.
Choose music that you and your partner like dancing to. This could be a slow song or a rapid one. Whichever option you choose, start your first dance the way everyone expects you to: softly dancing together and staring into each other’s eyes, then breaking out into a pre-planned dance routine. Imagine the expressions on your guests’ faces when they see you!
Ending your special day
As a newlywed couple, the way you choose to depart your wedding opens up a world of alternatives. Decorating a car with the words “just married” and attaching objects that will make a noise as you drive away to draw attention is a common norm.
Why not choose something that expresses who you are as a pair instead? Instead of the groom whisking his wife away, you might make it more humorous by having the bride carry the groom away. For example, you could have a little car decorated as a pushchair for the groom to enter, signalling that the bride is taking him away to start a family now that they’re married.
If you’re lost for ideas on how to make a memorable exit from your wedding, get creative and look for inspiration on the internet, or seek advice from close friends. At the end of the day, your wedding should reflect you and your partner, so make it as unique as possible!