If there’s one thing that you need to keep in mind when you are planning your wedding, it’s to make it as individual as possible. The buzz word in the wedding world is “unique” and brides are looking to create a ceremony that really shows off who they and their partner are. This could mean basing your big day around your interests, hobbies or even places that you have travelled to during your time together. The more formulaic traditional approach is becoming less popular now as brides become ever more creative with their ideas. We love seeing the happy couples style shine out like our giant illuminated letters. So here are our top 5 tips to help you create a stand out day that your guests will remember for years to come.
1. Start as you mean to go on!
Get the celebrations off with a bang early. Couples are now sending out creative “save the date” cards that will ensure that their ceremony date will be etched on people’s minds. Fridge magnets, badges and even calendars with the big day marked on them will add excitement and get people talking about your big day. Creative invitations are popular too with many people choosing to base them around photographs of themselves or their initials. We’ve even seen people set up wedding invite websites which provide a one stop shop where guests can find everything from hotel bookings to the gift list.
2. Pick an individual venue
We never fail to be amazed at the range of venues that are out there for ceremonies and receptions. From beachside settings to stately homes and from warehouses to Native American tepees there is certainly something for everyone. Pick a venue that co-ordinates with your general theme. It could be a location that means something to you such as the place you went on your first date, or it could be linked with your hobby or a shared interest such as a football ground for avid footy fans!
3. Don’t stick to a traditional menu
Of course the wedding breakfast is a vital part of your big day and one that you want to get right. However there is no longer any need to provide a formal sit down meal. Guests want the chance to mingle and not be tied to set seating arrangements and so we have seen informal meals such as hog roasts or barbeques becoming more and more popular. We have also seen individual touches such as a cake made of rounds of cheese or a winter mulled wine and minced pie reception. Catering companies will be full of fun and fabulous food ideas that offer a break from the norm.
4. Create some fascinating features
Weddings now are all about fun and there are some great ideas for adding some extra touches of sparkle that will make it really special. We know our customers love using our large light up signs to spell out their initials or newly married name. For spring or summer events a vintage ice cream van at the reception is always a great idea as well as supersized garden games. Photo booths are also a fabulous feature idea and provide great fun for guests dressing up and striking a pose – and they also create a lovely take home memory for the bride and groom.
5. A finishing flourish
The final touches often stay uppermost in your guests mind so send them away with a lovely memory of the big day. Create unique favours such as personalised bottles or wine or pots of jam that guests can take away with them or give midnight snack packs to revellers as they leave. Encourage guests to upload their photos to a central social media site on the night and send friends a link to the website when your day is over so they can re-live the fun. Instead of a thank you card via snail mail why not post a thank you video online filmed direct from your honeymoon!
With so many great and creative ways to help your celebration stand out from the crowd wedding planning has never been more fun!