Time to put our wedding planning hats on again!
Today top UK wedding planners and creative event designers,Pocketful of Dreams are sharing more pearls of wedding planning wisdom – of course your wedding is going to be one of the best and most memorable days of your life but what about for your guests? Here's how to ‘wow' them!
It’s great to be back with another guest post for all you lovely Bridal Musings readers and this time we’re talking about creating a wedding day that your guests will remember fondly for years to come.
You don’t need to splash the cash to make your wedding a memorable day, just focus on a few key areas and we promise your friends and family will be raving about your wedding until even you get a little bored of hearing about it…
photo by Amelia Lyon via Greeen Wedding Shoes
Make it personal
The ultimate way to ensure your wedding doesn’t just merge into every other event your guests have ever attended is to create a unique day that is wholly personal to you.
It doesn’t have to be flamboyantly expensive or out-there quirky, it just needs to be true to you. From the overall design concept to the first dance, think about how you can create a day that is tailored to your story.
The Nicols via Style Me Pretty
Focus on your guests and their experience
People will tell you that nobody ever remembers the details at weddings. Well here at Pocketful of Dreams, we don’t believe that is true! People may not remember the incidental pretty (although you will do, so fill your boots!) but they will remember the little touches that impacted them.
When thinking about the details and décor for your day, think about the experience from your guests’ perspective. Yes, this is your day and you should create the day you want. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also celebrate the love you have for your friends and family as well.
Have visions of your speeches being outside against the backdrop of the setting sun? Stunning, but why not hand out some cosy blankets to ensure people stay comfortable whilst being entertained? Forget generic favours and think about how you can personalise small gifts so that they become heartfelt, relevant and something people will not just keep, but treasure.
These are the details and touches that people will appreciate and really remember.
Helen + David Photography via Pocketful of Dreams
Build up excitement
Your wedding is all consuming during the final planning stages but for your guests, it’s probably still a distant event that they have a vague nagging sense of needing to buy a new outfit for. It’s important to be realistic about how big a day your wedding will be for everyone else but you can also take steps to build up excitement and engagement for your day.
For example, be creative with your wedding invitations. Laser cutting, wooden stationery, fridge magnet save the dates, anything a little unexpected will grab people’s attention and make them sit up and take notice.
A wedding website can also be a great way to involve your guests; you don’t want to give away all your secrets before the day but little ideas like asking guests to contribute a song for the reception playlist is a simple yet effective way to ensure people feel involved and build a sense of anticipation.
Allyson Magda via Loverly
Choose the right suppliers
Make sure your wedding is remembered for the right reasons!
Take time when selecting your suppliers; do your research, seek out recommendations and wherever possible try and meet with suppliers before booking. For those suppliers who will be present on the day especially, personal rapport is just as important as capability so make sure you are hiring people whose work you admire and who you are comfortable around.
Then step back and trust that these experts will deliver exactly what they’re supposed to, when they’re supposed to. Your guests will take their cue from you on the day – a relaxed and happy bride will always make for an enjoyable day.
(Check out this post for even more top tips on choosing your wedding vendors.)
Our Labor of Love via Dapper Paper
Finish on a high
Treat your wedding day as an experience and think about all stages, including how you can finish your day off with a final flourish for your guests. It doesn’t have to be big and showy, it could be as simple as a beautifully presented midnight snack and a night cap handed out at the end of the night. Or if all your guests are staying locally or at the same venue, then you could organise a relaxed brunch for the morning after before packing your guests off with a little goodie bag for their journey home: a hangover kit perhaps?
As creative event designers, we are experts in designing and executing truly unique events and with our delivery service are on-hand on the day itself to style, problem solve, set up, manage and facilitate the wedding, ensuring a stress-free and memorable day for you and your guests.
Here’s your ‘cut out and keep’ / ‘pinnable’ image with all the tips to save in your wedding planning folder / board.
Thank you so much to Michelle and Vicki of Pocketful of Dreams for sharing their super creative and helpful advice over the past few months. (This is their last post for us. Sniff.)
I'm not even planning a wedding but I've found it all so useful and will be applying their tips to my next event. Oh who am I kidding, I'm going to hire them to plan my next big event! Vow renewal party anyone?!
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If you've missed any of the expert wedding planning tips series then you've missed out my friends!
Here's a list of all the posts in the series so far:
- Top Tips For Newly Engaged Couples
- Defining Your Wedding Vision
- Expert Advice On ‘The Wedding Budget’ (plus there’s even a free downloadable budget spreadsheet!)
- How To Create A Really Personal Wedding Day
- Tips On Choosing & Working With Your Wedding Vendors
- The Search For Wedding Inspiration
- Top Tips On Finding Your Perfect Wedding Venue
- How To Create Moodboards For Your Wedding
- The Difference Between A Wedding Planner & A Venue Coordinator
- How To Choose The Right Colour Palette For Your Wedding
- Is A DIY Wedding Right For You?
- How To Seat Your Wedding Guests