Alright, friend. Let’s take a moment to walk down memory lane. Think about the memorable and the not so memorable elements of each wedding you’ve attended. Now, remember the highlights and what was done right. Ultimately, your wedding day is about celebrating the love between you and your fiancé, but there’s another goal at hand: hosting an amazing party that your guests will talk about for years to come! For your own wedding, you want to stand out from the rest and to make sure your guests have the BEST TIME EVER. No pressure right? So, how do you make your wedding the best wedding ever? Even including just a handful of these ideas will turn your wedding day into an event to remember.
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Leave your guests amazed by planning something totally unexpected-something that hasn’t been done at other weddings they may have attended. Hire an interesting entertainer, an amazing band or DJ, magician, portrait artists or cap the night off with bonfire paired with a s’more station. Have a wine tasting or greet guests with an adult version of a classic lemonade stand. Instead of a regular snack table, create a DIY bar. Whether it’s an outdoor cigar bar, a build-your-own sundae bar at dessert, your guests will love making (and eating!) their own treats!
No one wants your wedding night to end, but since it has to, go out on a high note. Do a fun and festive farewell, like a firework show, sparkler exit, or confetti send-off! Your guests will love it, and it will make for some amazing photos.
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2. Entertainment Options
Entertainment doesn’t have to be a complete surprise, as long as you have something for guests to do throughout the night. Some guests may not want or be able to dance so think beyond dancing and have interactive elements such as a photo booth, lawn games, table games or any of these fabulous ideas. For those who love to dance (that’s this girl right here!), make sure your DJ knows how to keep the crowd going with high energy songs and keep that bar close. Dancers will want to get a quick refreshment and quickly jump back on the dance floor.
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3. Short and Sweet
The truth is, guests will remember a fun wedding but they will also easily remember a boring wedding. One way to make sure things keep moving it to keep everything short and sweet. Keep the ceremony, speeches (PLEASE!), and toasts down to a short length. View your wedding through your guests’ eyes and think of ways you can keep them interested and engaged.
During your reception, make sure guests are seated at a table with someone they know. If that’s not possible, put ice breakers on each table so people can get to know each other. Then keep the time between each event brief so nothing feels like it’s dragging.
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4. Keep Guests Comfortable
No matter what time of year you’re getting married, it’s important to think about what your guests need to stay comfortable throughout the evening. This may mean offering wraps, parasols, flip flops or emergency items in the restrooms.
If possible, have a lounge area or patio seating at your reception so guests can move around and relax. I love this idea because it makes for a more relaxed atmosphere and instead of having guests sit in one place the entire night, it gives your guests opportunities to mingle. Also, not every guest will want to dance all night. In fact, some may not want to dance at all. Offering a designated seating area is a nice touch that many guests will love.
Keep everyone fueled and hydrated by providing enough drinks to keep them happy and coffee to keep them awake and snacks to keep them from leaving early. Late night snacks are also something guests can look forward to later in the evening which may keep them stay even longer if they know more food is coming. Have your caterer or favorite food truck bring out hand-held options like sliders and fries, mini grilled cheese, or coffee and donuts about an hour before the reception ends to revive guests.
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5. Memorable and Interesting
Finally, adding personal touches that are special to your wedding will make guests remember your wedding. Don’t feel pressure to personalize everything or break the bank to make everything memorable. A few personalized wedding details go a long way. Things like personalized napkins, welcome baskets for out-of-town guests, or a signature cocktail will have people saying, “I totally want that at my wedding” or “Why didn’t I think of that?”
At the end of the day, the truth is you can’t please everyone. The people who aren’t going to have fun at your wedding aren’t going to have fun no matter what you do. You could have the BEST bands, a quiet board game room, amazing food, and someone will probably still go home early. Let’s be real, there’s probably not a single party in the world that everyone is going to love equally. What they do love, however; is you. So, even though some guests may go home early you can be happy that they were there to celebrate part of your day and the love you share.
So now it’s your turn. What was the most memorable wedding you attended and why? I can’t wait to hear your response so comment below!
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