What do unforgettable weddings share in common?
If you want to plan the kind of party that your guests will deem “the wedding of the century,” you’re probably asking yourself these types of questions.
How do you make your wedding truly special? How can you make this party stand out for your guests?
Lucky for you, we have the answer. There are several things that all unforgettable weddings share in common. We’ve included seven of them below to help you get planning the wedding of your dreams.
1. Make it Personal
One of the most effective ways you can make your wedding unforgettable is to personalize it every step of the way.
If you invite your guests into the love story between you and your soon to be spouse, they will feel emotionally invested into your wedding.
Maybe you write custom vows or play a special song as you enter. Maybe you have the wedding officiant be a member of your family who can tell stories about you two as a couple through the years.
And another thing: don’t worry if you cry! Happy or overwhelmed tears are part of the best weddings. They will hold a special place in the hearts of your guests.
2. Arrive in Style
There’s nothing to get a party started right quite like making a dramatic entrance.
What if you show up in a horse and carriage — then blow your guests away by revealing that your wedding is actually occurring on a cruise down the Thames?
Arrive in a helicopter or rise to the occasion in your venue’s glass elevator. Do a rose petal drop that showers you in flowers as you arrive to walk down the aisle.
There are so many ways to plan a creative wedding entrance, there’s really no excuse for yours to be boring!
3. Element of Surprise
One of the best ways to plan unforgettable weddings is to incorporate an element of surprise.
Your goal is to get your guests shocked and smiling in the happiest of ways. To do this, you should have a few tricks up your sleeve.
Maybe you and your groom choreograph a little dance number of your own.
Maybe you bring in a surprise performer. For example, during the reception hour, why not hire entertainment like a magician or hypnotist to keep your guests on their toes?
They’ll never notice how long it takes you to get your bridal portraits done. You’ll have all the time in the world because your guests will still be caught up in the surprise you have planned for them.
Another way you can surprise your guests is to have special presents waiting for them at their seats. You can even make their name cards a piece of chocolate or a special cookie.
You could even turn it into a contest — for example, if you have the special sticker on your name tag, you win a session with the wedding photographer!
4. DIY Bars
Everyone loves a good ice cream sundae bar where they can choose their own toppings and create masterpieces.
Take it a step further by offering other fun options, like a cocktail bar where they can mix up their own mojitos or even a donut bar where they can choose from different flavors.
Giving your guests something fun to do not only helps them have a good time — it makes sure that you enjoy the party more, too, knowing your guests are happy and enjoying a creative activity.
5. Stunning Decor
Sure, this is a more expensive way to plan unforgettable weddings, but it will ensure maximum impact.
If you create a Sofia Vergara style wedding complete with a tunnel of orchids, you can bet that guests will remember it forever. Hire a professional for this if you want to create a visually stunning wedding ceremony or reception.
Maybe you incorporate chandeliers or other amazing lighting fixtures. Maybe you create a wallpaper with photos of you and your bride or groom.
6. Awesome Party Favors
Let’s just get this out there: no one wants a beer coozie with your names on it.
Instead of sending your guests off with something they’ll throw away, stack on a shelf, or store in a box somewhere, why not give them something awesome?
If you really want your wedding to be remembered in a positive light, you need to send your guests home happy with creative party favors.
Maybe you have a basket of gourmet cookies waiting for them at the door. Decorate these with your initials or wedding date — it’s not something the guests have to keep, so customize it all you want. They’ll gobble it up and be happy about doing so.
You could even send your guests home with some of the flower arrangements from your wedding so that they don’t go to waste. If you really want to blow them away, gift everyone a dinner cruise they can use at a later date.
Other ideas for awesome party favors at unforgettable weddings include specialty soaps or bath soaks, mugs, plants, or even a jar of a local honey or hot sauce if many or your guests will be traveling to your wedding.
If you give them something permanent like a mug, don’t make it a piece of memorabilia for your wedding necessarily. Put a quote about love on it so that anyone would be proud to keep it in their home.
7. Gourmet Food
Food — it’s the one things that guests either dread or love when they attend a wedding.
If you really want to wow your guest and plan one of the most unforgettable weddings, go big in the food department.
Maybe you have a tank of live lobsters that guests can pick from for their dinner. Maybe you serve the best cuts of meat or offer a Korean BBQ style steak dinner where guests get to cook their meals themselves.
Perhaps you plan a party where everyone receives an individual fondue set to use at their place setting.
Whatever you do, know that food is what can make or break unforgettable weddings. Serve the best stuff money can buy and do it in a fun or memorable way.
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