Hey, there’s nothing wrong with wanting your wedding to be bomb!
Of course, your big day will first and foremost be about you and your soon-to-be spouse. But that doesn’t mean you won’t want your guests to have a marvelous time too. After all, being talked about for years to come as the girl who threw the best wedding in history is certainly not a bad thing!
By planning well in advance and thinking outside the box a bit, you can be that girl. Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Go green.
We mean “go green” in two senses of the phrase.
First, you should go green with your wedding by making it environmentally-friendly. Try to use actual glass, ceramic, and silver when it comes to your place settings, for example. Paper cups and plastic silverware may be handy, but they create a ton of waste. Using cloth napkins over paper napkins is another classic way to go green, and — bonus! — they’re also far classier.
In the other sense of the phrase, “go green,” add life and cheerfulness to your wedding by infusing a lot of plants and flowers into the décor. While professionally-arranged flowers and greens are certainly amazing, they can also be expensive. To cut costs, consider starting your own garden of flowers earlier in the year and picking them right before your wedding. Even wildflowers can add a boost of rustic freshness to your setup.
2. Rent a photo booth.
Your guests will need something to do during your reception, and beyond chit-chatting with their table mates, eating and drinking, and dancing, a photo booth is the perfect activity.
Believe it or not, photo booths generally aren’t too expensive to rent for a day. You’re basically paying for an easy do-it-yourself photo setup, including a camera, background, and lighting. Many rental establishments will offer props that come with your booth as well, but you can also choose your own fun props to make the pictures more personable to your big day.
3. Come up with a clever hashtag.
Make sure you get to see all the social media posts that your guests upload from your big day. The best way to do this is by promoting a special hashtag that’s unique to your wedding.
Coming up with your hashtag usually involves sitting down with your partner or some friends and brainstorming ideas that meld both your name and your soon-to-be spouse’s name in a cute and funky way. Use a play on words, or if you just want to get to the point, combine both your names to simply form a new “word.” The point is to get your guests to use this hashtag when they post photos or videos from your wedding and reception.
4. Send your guests home with goodie bags.
Keep your big day in the hearts and minds of your guests by sending them home with some treats from you to them!
Custom water bottles and mugs, tote bags, picture frames, magnets, pens, and other fun items make the perfect party favors. Plus, they’re not as expensive as you might think as you’ll be purchasing them in bulk. Just be sure to choose items that are actually practical and that you think your guests would keep and use.
5. Choose colored glassware and quirky place settings.
Get creative with your glassware. Most new couples choose classic water glasses and stemware in clear glass. Coffee serving sets are often made of simple white ceramic.
Why not change this up a bit?
Colored glassware is often not any more costly than clear glassware, and it adds a unique flair that your guests will remember. Plus, the gem-colored hues that are available (blue, fuchsia, green, and even yellow) will catch the light at your reception and create a lovely aura.
When it comes to your plates, bowls, and coffee serving sets, you can also choose a different color or go with a stylish flower or geometric pattern that matches the rest of your décor.
6. Put a disposable camera at each reception table.
As a final tip, consider giving each reception table a disposable camera to use at the reception — plus instructions to use it up however your guests please.
Create a box where the used cameras can be deposited at the end of the night. Getting these photos developed will be a highlight you and your spouse can look forward to after all your wedding festivities have ended!
Wow Your Guests with More of Your Own Clever Ideas!
Hopefully, some of these ideas have inspired you to create a dream event that you and your guests will always remember. In the end, though, the best way to make your big day stand out is to make it feel like your very own. Good luck and happy planning!