All too often couples feel they have to break the bank to create that ‘wow’ factor wedding. In reality, a beautiful wedding isn’t about the money you spend on it. It’s about the thought you’ve put in to creating your day, your way – the small details that will not only impress your guests but also create memories you shall treasure forever. If you’re in the midst of wedding planning and looking for a little inspiration… here’s how.
1. Start at the Beginning
Make your wedding special from the moment your guests are invited. Hand deliver local invitations along with a miniature chocolate heart, use brightly-coloured envelopes and create intrigue by including a riddle or puzzle that will be answered on the big day!
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2. Add a Little Theatre
Service is as important as the food itself, a happy stomach = happy guests. Create excitement by giving one guest at every table a chef’s hat and apron and inviting them to serve. This works particularly well if a joint of meat is delivered to each table. For a fun pudding, serve your wedding cake with ice cream and a choice of toppings – inexpensive but something all your guests will love.
3. Create a Powder Room
Over the course of your wedding, ladies will use the facilities to freshen up and re-do their make-up numerous times. Providing a few essential beauty items such as hair spray, hairpins, safety pins, tissues and hand cream is a thoughtful touch that will be hugely appreciated. If you feel like splashing out a little, make up a basket with a bottle of perfume and toiletries.
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4. Consider Younger Guests
Happy children makes for happy parents. Put together a party bag for each child containing things for them to do. Colouring books, playing cards and quiz books are popular choices and perfect for the table during the wedding breakfast. Treasure hunts don’t need to be elaborate but are great fun for children, to keep them entertained and included in the celebrations.
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5. …And Mature Guests
Just as you consider your junior guests, spare an extra thought for your more mature guests. While Granny might be dancing until dawn, Great Uncle Alf may well appreciate a moment of calm. Create a ‘chill out’ area with comfortable seating away from your band or DJ. Ensure tea and coffee is available there, along with a couple of newspapers and magazines for half an hour of ‘time out’!
6. Prepare for the Great Outdoors
If you’re planning to celebrate outside at any point, consider the comfort of your guests. On hot days, supply small tubes of sun cream and plenty of iced water. You might even offer fans for the ladies and sunglasses for the men instead of more traditional favours. It’s also wise to offer shade in the form of parasols dotted around the grounds. As the sun goes down, providing shawls and soft blankets, along with pretty candles and lanterns will ensure the party continues outside.
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7. Be Bright with your Blooms
You want your guests to feel like they’re surrounded by beautiful flowers all day, but you don’t want to break the budget on beautiful arrangements. The key is to position flowers where guests will see and appreciate them, and move them when necessary. Consider how your ceremony flowers can be used at your reception venue. Pew ends, for example, can make wonderful chair back arrangements, and bouquets and posies can sit in vases around the room.
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8. Show them the Way
Help your guests understand the layout of your venue by using sign posts. You might direct them from the ceremony to the wedding breakfast, and also highlight the location of parking and loos. Signs can be wooden, rustic and personalised.
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9. Add Personal Touches
Personal touches can cost next to nothing and make your guests feel wonderfully special. Write a note or poem for each guest (or each table!) and give guests personalised favours. While this sounds lavish, a named favour also works as a place name. You might also decide to personalise with your name and the date of your wedding such as including favour tags or favour bags. These treats make wonderful keepsakes for your guests. Get inspiration from Not On The High Street and A Wedding Less Ordinary.
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10. Give a Fond Farewell
As the evening draws to a close, make a point of saying goodnight to your guests as they leave. If you haven’t served your wedding cake during the day, guests will love to take a beautifully wrapped piece of cake home with them. You might even offer hot chocolate in take away cups for the journey home, with marshmallows of course!
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