A wedding is a celebration of love and commitment. But aside from exchanging vows with your partner to cherish and stand by each other through the years, there is another goal you wish to accomplish with this event — and that’s to throw a gathering that you and your guests will enjoy and remember well into the future.
Today, there are plenty of ways to make your special day stand out from all the other weddings hosted or attended by your family, friends, and guests before. In fact, there are already a lot of wedding packages in Dubai that include some of these ideas. And with an experienced wedding planner by your side, your vision can be expertly transformed into reality to make your big day more personalize, and that much more special.
To get started, you must first picture the entire wedding experience. Of course, your loved ones will be there to witness your union, but sitting for hours is not their idea of a party. If most of your guests will be coming from many different places, you would not want them to just watch you throughout the entire event.
Rather, make sure that the gathering is interactive so they can participate in your special moments. And despite the fact that the event should cater to you and your partner’s preferences, you should also consider your guests’ total experience.
Here are nine ideas that will help make your wedding truly reflect the ideas, preferences and personality of both you and your spouse, and will leave your guests in awe.
1. Create a personalized wedding program
Having a wedding program will inform your guests of the flow of the event. Personalize it with some fascinating details about you and your partner and make sure that it includes a detailed breakdown of the event’s proceedings (including speeches, dances and games) and any vital information they should be aware of.
With a wedding program, you will be able to capture everyone’s attention, and this will also keep guests busy if the ceremony runs a bit late.
2. Create a smart seating chart
It won’t matter if your reception involves a buffet, family-style servings or plated meals. Having a well-planned seating chart is crucial in making sure that your guests will enjoy your wedding.
When deciding on the seating arrangements, it would be great to thoughtfully group individuals with the same interests and backgrounds. This way, they will have similar topics to discuss even when they have only just met each other.
3. Get a welcome basket for your out-of-town guests
Some of your guests are sure to have traveled a long distance to witness your big day, regardless of whether you are hosting a local party or a destination wedding. Giving welcome baskets or bags, especially to those who will be staying in hotels, is an excellent way of showing how much you appreciate their presence.
The basket can include bottles of water, some snacks, and helpful resources, like a list of contact details and directions to the quaint cafes, nearby shopping malls, popular tourist attractions, and the best steakhouse in (or in the vicinity of) the city where your wedding is being held which they simply can’t miss while they’re in town.
4. Use a wedding hashtag or app
Having a clever hashtag for your wedding will keep everyone and everything about your wedding on the same page online. Ask them to use this whenever they upload, caption or comment on photos or videos related to your wedding.
Using a wedding app is also a good idea, especially since there are already a lot of interactive apps you and your guests can use when uploading wedding photos. Other apps will keep everyone updated about any news related to your big day.
5. Serve signature cocktails
Customizing the cocktails that will be served on your wedding day will make your event more special. It helps give the guests a taste of what the couple being celebrated likes in terms of refreshments.
You and your partner can choose to serve your all-time favorite drinks, ones that have been specially crafted to match your personalities for the occasion, or ones that you have previously enjoyed with your guests and that they are sure to like.
6. Designate a lounge area
Not everyone enjoys dancing, so make sure to designate a place where these individuals can take it easy while still having fun. Set up a lounge area with comfortable chairs where they can still enjoy the music and mingling going on.
7. Play interactive games
Your celebration should not just involve dancing, considering the fact that there are some people who may be shy or unable to dance. You can also get some interactive games going for both children and adults throughout the event. You could make all the tables compete against each other in answering trivia questions, get married couples to play the Wedding Game, or create a space for kids to play oversized Jenga.
8. Hire a photo booth
A photo booth can make your event more enjoyable. Also, this will ensure that all your guests will have a photo of them attending your wedding. It’s also a great way of encouraging your guests to have their photos taken with different groups of people.
Make sure that it includes a wide array of props that your guests can use and have fun with for their photos.
9. End the party with a bang
Your celebration has to end, and it can certainly do so with flair! Leave everyone impressed during the final moments by organizing a festive farewell, such as a confetti send-off or a fireworks show. This will also make for picturesque scenery that will delight everyone.
Planning a wedding is both exciting and overwhelming. Expect that there will be a lot of tasks to consider, including finding a venue, choosing a wedding dress, and searching for different suppliers. But you don’t have to do this alone because there are wedding planners who can help you with the wedding planning process. They are also your best partner in implementing these ideas to make your celebration truly memorable and extraordinary. Congratulations and best wishes!
Masha Cain is a founder and a managing director of Fabulous Day Weddings & Events. Masha’s idea of having a wedding planning agency came from having a wedding planner at her own wedding. Now, 5 years later, there are over 100 successful weddings designed and planned by Masha and her team.