Real Wedding: See This Dream Wedding For Two In Portugal
The day you say “I do” will forever be seared into your memory as one of, if not the most, meaningful days of your life. But will your wedding guests say the same? After a long wedding season, one set of nuptials starts to look a lot like the last.
If you want your special day to stand out for your guests the way it will for you, you must think carefully about the details. As you pull together the final pieces of your wedding day, consider adding these small details to truly impress your guests.
Welcome Bags: The Gift Insider
There’s nothing better than arriving at a hotel for an out-of-town wedding and getting greeted at the front desk by a welcome bag. Welcome bags usually hold wedding essentials, like snacks to nosh on between the ceremony and cocktail hour and aspirin for the next-day hangover. Bring the local flavor to yours by incorporating some locally made snacks and drinks or add a customized piece like a drink koozie bearing you and your significant other’s initials.
If you’re planning an outdoor ceremony in the warm summer months, it’s important that your guests are comfortable — even when the temps soar. To ensure everyone is nice and cool, fill a basket with fans that they can grab before they head down the aisle. Customize them with your wedding hashtag or married name.
Champagne (or Bourbon) Bar
If you’re keeping your wedding casual, you might not have a formal cocktail hour or even a formal bar. If this is the case, DIY a fun self-serve bar that will delight your guests. Create a champagne (or bourbon) bar complete with sweet add-ins like fruit juices and fresh berries, and then let your friends and family design their own wine cocktails.
Photo By: @kcephus via @munaluchibride
If you’re inviting kids to the nuptials, it’s going to make for some sweet photos. But it could also make for some meltdowns as the night wears on. Make sure that the parents on your invite list can enjoy the festivities solo and provide qualified babysitters to take care of the kids after dinner.
Vintage Hankies: Jen Rodriguez
If all goes to plan, there won’t be a dry eye in the house by the time you walk down the aisle. Instead of letting your guests smudge their makeup, offer an assortment of vintage scarves they can use to dry their eyes. Tuck them in a basket at the entryway to the seating area so that they can grab one to dab at any wayward tears.
Date Night Jar
Instead of having your guests sign a generic guestbook, make things more interactive. Put out small slips of paper or popsicle sticks (or anything you can write on that fits with your wedding theme) and some paint-pens. Then have guests write down a date night idea and sign their name, along with any well wishes. Collect the ideas in a mason jar or basket.
Sweetheart Table Backdrop
Real Wedding: Sweetheart Table Backdrop
If you have guests who are always looking for the perfect shot, they’ll appreciate a nice backdrop. So, set apart your sweetheart table from the rest of the room by hanging greens or lace, creating a special arbor or setting up another backdrop to make every kiss picture-perfect.
Customized Cake Topper
Cake Topper: theroomba
Cake toppers used to be simple representations of the happy couple, but you don’t have to stick to that tradition anymore. Shop websites like Etsy to find a cake topper that suits your personalities. Consider a laser-cut silhouette of you and your paramour, plus any pets you have, or a glittering gold banner that simply states, “Hooray!”
The sign of a truly great party is that it goes well into the evening. But when the cocktails keep flowing and the food stops, at least a few of your guests will end up overindulging. Avoid any late-night issues by offering late-night snacks to soak up that booze. Opt for easy handheld treats like doughnuts, breakfast sandwiches or fries.
Favors: WOOPS! MACARONS
If you’ve been to more than a handful of weddings, then you know that almost all of them have one thing in common: they end with a wedding favor. And often, that favor ends up in the trash within a matter of days. There’s one wedding favor that everyone loves, and it’s an edible kind: candy. Fill small paper bags, mason jars or personalized boxes with your favorite candies to hand out at the end of the evening.
These small details may seem simple, but the impression they leave on your friends and family will be long-lasting. Add just one or two of them to your current wedding-day plan in order to leave your guests in awe long after you say, “I do!"
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Tripping.com and more!
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