The happiness of your wedding guests can make or break the event - so be sure you know what your guests would secretly love to see at your wedding! Here are a few wedding extras that we are absolutely loving this wedding season.
Although it’s great to have a personalized wedding to celebrate the happy couple, make sure there’s something for everyone when it comes to the music selection. To maximize the amount of guests hitting the dance floor, play a variety of songs in all different genres. It’s important to mix oldie classics with popular trending songs so guests of all ages can find hits to enjoy. Another perk of choosing your own playlist is that you can save money and skip on hiring a DJ. Just set up your speakers and hit play! Bonus: you can have a song request station where guests can let you know what song they want to hear.
To make your wedding stand out, skip the traditional chicken-and-pasta buffet line and opt for food stations. This will easily add variety to your guests’ dining experience, and get them excited to try different options. To kick it up a notch, try adding themed stations that show off foods from different countries. Having a ton of options to choose from is not only a fun experience for the guests, but will also be easier for guests with stricter food requirements to enjoy their meals, too. Guests with food allergies, vegetarians, and vegans will be especially thankful for the variety!
Let’s face it: every wedding guest is going to want to go home with a memorable gift. This is a great opportunity for the bride and groom to create a personalized experience for their guests. For a couple that loves bar crawls and trying out new breweries, place a customized shot glass with each guest’s name at their chair in place of a name card at the reception tables. For the couple with a green thumb, try out planting kits or send each guest home with a mini succulent to adorn their house. For the couple who always hosts game nights, your guests will love customized playing cards with their initials. Whatever your shared passion as a couple, you can find a party favor to reflect it, and your guests will love taking home a piece of the party.
I can speak from personal experience here: a wedding photobooth is a crowd-pleaser. This is a chance for your guests to sneak away from the party for a few minutes and get some entertaining pictures to remember the wedding. I’ve been to a wedding that had a box of props to use in the photobooth - and I still have the pictures of my family and me dressed like sailors and dinosaurs. It is incredibly fun and will have your guests laughing and getting creative with their photos. If they hang it up at home (like my family who has all of ours on the fridge), they’ll always think of your wedding when they see it and remember the good times they had. To ramp it up even further, try out the new 360 degree photobooths that add a unique and exciting quality and variety of angles to the pictures.
Having signature cocktails at your wedding is a fun and simple way to add another personalized touch to your wedding. Both the bride and the groom pick a signature drink to add to the menu, typically an upscale spin on their favorite bar order. The signature cocktail is named after the bride and groom. If you want to add a third drink to the signature cocktails, you can create a drink order as a couple, too, and name it whatever you’d like.
Nothing will anger a party guest quicker than a frustrating parking situation. Make sure that you have ample room for your guests to park, and that they don’t have to pay for it. Ideally, have your parking spaces close to the venue so your guests do not have to circle around to find closer places to park. Your guests should be able to walk up to your venue easily, and not walk six blocks in heels and suits to get there.
It sounds simple, but without enough space, your guests will feel crammed and uncomfortable. Be sure that your reception venue has a considerable amount of space for your guests to freely mingle without feeling like they’re going to bump into something or someone. Your guests should be able to move easily from the table, to the food line, to the dance floor, and anywhere else they want to go.
An open bar is typically a hefty expense, but one that is well worth it. If your guests show up ready to have a few drinks and hit the dance floor, they’re going to be let down when they realize there’s a price tag. Your guests are traveling to celebrate your day, so be sure they are able to order your signature cocktails on the house.
To encourage more guests to join in on your day, offer an easy hotel stay experience by room blocking. This is when you rent out a certain amount of rooms in a row for your guests to stay overnight. Room blocking is practically an essential for those with weddings out of state, or destination weddings. It will take a lot of the stress out of the guest’s agenda when it comes to finding a hotel to book when they are not familiar with the area.
If you add these elements to your upcoming wedding, your guests are sure to enjoy your special day with you, and they’ll remember it for years to come.
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