This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.
When thinking of standing out in a sea of similar weddings, look no further. We’ve surely got you covered with the top 10 “ways to wow” wedding details, guaranteed to knock the socks off your guests.
I know it sounds silly, but presenting guests who arrive at the venue with an infused water beverage (think spa water), a mimosa (for brunch style weddings), a champagne (for evening weddings), or a nice glass of sparkling cider is sure to be a hit. As guests arrive via valet, or walking into the venue, a greeting with a butler-passed cocktail makes your guests feel special, and gets them in the mood for a relaxed ceremony.
Beverage “Station” Bars
While on the topic of cocktails, why not “wow” your guests with something different than the standard open bar. These beverage bar ideas are starting to become trendy for weddings and bridal showers alike. They can include alcohol or an option for those who would rather stick to a non-alcoholic beverage. Below are our top 10 ideas!
- Mimosa Bar
- Bourbon Bar
- Craft Beer Bar
- Bloody Mary Bar
- Sangria/Prosecco Bar
- Lemonade Bar
- Iced Tea Bar
- Infused Water Bar
- Juice Bar
- Hot Cocoa Bar
Surprise your guests with a midnight snack or “aftertizer.” Here are some great ideas for options, sweet and savory!
- Food trucks
- Donuts in a bag
- Mini sliders, pizzas, grilled cheese points, hot dogs and fry shooters
- Cookies and milk
- Pancakes and syrup
- Chicken and waffle bites
Offer your guest some local fun transportation in style. Trolleys, electronic carts, charter boats, buses, horse and carriage. The options are endless! Keep them on their toes, and arriving on time and in fashion.
Bring your social media to life, and invite your guests in to take photos and capture fun memories from their eyes. Place your social media hashtag at fun spots like the bar, the candy buffet, the DJ booth, the gift or guestbook table. You can even have your band or DJ announce it in the opening announcements. Always fun to spend your honeymoon looking through all the fun photos that your family and friends took.
To-go parting gifts
Instead of a typical inexpensive wedding favor like a bell or a glass coaster, why not send your guests away with a fun, memorable treat like a mini emergency or hangover kit? Here are some ideas to place inside of them:
- Mini bottles of Advil
- Airborne packets
- Emergen-C packets
- Band aids
- Bloody mary mix
- Small vodka bottle
- Personalized sunglasses
- Hangover pills
- Ginger ale
- Pepto Bismol
- Protein Bars
Hire a babysitter/host games for the kids
Hire a few babysitters based on your guest count of those with children. Utilize a room close to the reception space so that parents can pop in on their children often throughout the long evening. Make sure you have a cute basket of snacks, a few fun DVD’s or portable DVD player, some board games, and crafts. If you have an outdoor space, you can even host a fun relay of games for the kids (tiring them out), and then have a back-up room for them to relax. Parents will love you!
Have you ever been to a ceremony where random secret musicians or singers popped up in the crowd of guests and sang to the bride and groom and awed the people? This is an ideal surprise for large weddings. Think of the movie Love Actually–having a group of musicians/singers serenade you and your new spouse to the tune of your most favorite songs. You can even have them seated in the reception as guests and secretly have them pop up during a silent time, possibly during first or main course and croon for your crowd. What a memorable small secret suggestion that will be spoken about for years to come!
Setup reception with pre-planned necessities
Rain forecasted? Have umbrellas ready on site. Forecasted swell of heat? Have fans and parasols ready. Forecasted freezing temps? Have pashminas ready. Always prepare early, and wow your guests with items already thought of to ease their minds, and make you the superstar couple. Here are some great details guaranteed to impress:
- Bug wipes
- Sunscreen bottles
- Restroom emergency kits
- Flip flops for the dancefloor
- Slippers upon exiting
- Tissue packets for ceremony
- Mini water bottles for warm ceremony locations
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