The Devil is in the Detail; here are 20 perfect wedding ideas to give you a day to remember
While many brides-to-be become fixated on certain aspects of the wedding: a killer dress; a celeb style party; a showstopper cake… it can be the case that other important elements fall by the wayside. The secret to throwing the perfect wedding is to make sure that it is a good all-rounder, and these 20 perfect wedding ideas will help you create a special day that your guests will always remember.
1. Don’t drag it out
While we appreciate that the wedding is, in fact, supposed to be all about the ceremony; no one wants to sit through one that’s going to be running on longer than about 20 mins. Attention spans aren’t what they used to be, so sitting quietly enraptured by a never ending wedding ceremony isn’t on everyone’s to do list. Keep it short and sweet to keep people’s interest.
2. Personalise your program
As I’ve mentioned; attention spans are often lacking. Creating a personalised program will give your guests something to entertain themselves with, (especially if you happen to be running fashionably late!) not only that but they make nice little keepsakes too.
3. There’s an app for that
Get with the times- there’s an app for everything! So why not get one for your wedding? Encourage your guests to upload photos to a public app so that you can view all of your wedding images in one place.
For a list of more wedding apps check out The Best Wedding Planning Apps for your Big Day
4. Welcome Baskets
We’re not saying to splurge on a welcome basket for all of your guests, but it is inevitable that some of your friends and family may have travelled quite a way to attend your big day. Why not put together a basket of essential supplies like snacks, bottles of water and maybe a couple of magazines for the morning after. If they’re unfamiliar with the area why not throw in a local map and a list of your favourite places so that they can do a bit of sightseeing?
5. Meet and Greet
Weddings can be so hectic that sometimes you can forget that you haven’t actually welcomed or thanked your guests. Be sure that you make time for this, not only is it polite but it’s also practical. You might not be able to spend a significant amount of time with everybody but at least this way you will have at least spoken to everyone.
6. Make an effort with your seating chart
If you have gone to the bother of constructing a seating chart make sure you’ve put the effort in. No one wants to be sat on a table full of strangers just because they were hard to place. Be prepared to give it some serious thought, otherwise let your guests seat themselves.
7. Budget for the bar
When we are merely guests at a wedding we all know that the best bit is the party afterwards- don’t forget this now that it’s your wedding. Put some money behind the bar. Even if you restrict prepaid drinks to wine and beer due to a small budget, your guests will appreciate the free drinks.
8. A Custom Cocktail
If your budget simply won’t stretch to a prepaid bar then why not pick one or two cocktails that you and your partner can customise and serve them at the reception? It will add a personal feel to the proceedings and nothing gets a party started like a nice cocktail!
9. Consider your guests’ needs
Are you having an outdoor wedding? Consider parasols to protect those with sensitive skin from the sun and get blankets for the evening time in case it gets chilly. It’s often the case that by the end of the day your female guests will be crippled by their high-heels so it might be nice to provide them with some flip-flop alternatives to keep them dancing until dawn.
10. Provide a social snug
Dancing simply isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, provide an area away from the loud music where guests can relax and socialise without having to shout above the din- we’re sure granny will appreciate it.
11. Short Speeches
No one wants to listen to drunk Uncle Dave prattle on for half an hour; keep speeches short and sweet so that no one gets too bored. It might be an idea to stagger them throughout dinner to give everyone a chance to take a break in between courses and socialise.
12. Be open to requests
Nothing gets a party atmosphere going like song requests. You can set this up before the wedding by sending out song request forms with your invites so that the DJ can be prepared before the big day, or you can let your guests have at it on the night- whichever you decide your guests will love dancing to their favourite song.
13. DIY Desserts
Strictly speaking this is not limited to desserts- I just like alliteration. DIY bars are all the rage at the minute, be they build your own pizza, decorate your own cupcake or paint your own wedding favours. Everyone loves a bit of arts and crafts and it will give your guests something else to do.
14. Phone charging facilities
Not everyone comes prepared with a spare battery or emergency phone charger; and given that most of us use our phones to take photos your guests battery life is going to run out fast. Provide out of the way phone charging areas so that you wont have to worry about any special moments not being captured on camera.
These are a nice feature to have as part of your social snug area. Games will allow guests who don’t know each other to interact more easily as they will automatically have something to talk about (other than the wedding that is!). If you have children at your wedding, games are also a good way to keep them distracted.
16. Midnight snacks
You don’t have to wait til midnight for these, but with many weddings going strong well into the early hours it is a nice idea to provide late night snacks for your guests. Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea; they may have had a three course meal earlier on but by the time your party is finishing up that could have been hours ago! Serve something easy to eat like bowls of chips or sandwiches.
17. Practical favours
There is no point in spending money on little trinkets that your guests won’t use, or worse; leave on the table. Cookies that they can eat on the day or personalised mini pots of jam that they can take home are always a good idea.
18. Photo booth
Another very popular choice for modern weddings- who doesn’t love an excuse to mess around with props in front of a camera? not only that but it will make for some interesting photos for your photo album!
19. If it’s not your style, skip it!
Some wedding traditions aren’t to everyone’s taste. If you don’t want to throw the bouquet or if you’d rather spend the night before the wedding with your partner then why not! It’s your wedding, you can do whatever makes you happy.
20. Go out with a bang!
If your guests are still going strong when it’s time for you to leave then reward their stamina by putting on a bit of a show. Fireworks and sparklers are a nice choice if you’re planning to make your exit in the dark but whatever you do, don’t slip away unnoticed- it’s best to go out with a bang than a whimper.
If you want more tips for your special day, check out our Tips On Having a Fairy-Tale Wedding!