Many of your wedding guests have gone to many weddings before. In their memories of them, they all kinda just blend together. Same old thing at the ceremony, a cookie-cutter reception, and good--but unmemorable--food and drink.
You want your wedding to be unforgettable. There are a million ways to add unique details to your big bash that will make it stick out in your guests' minds as a truly wonderful day where they had an amazing time. Here are our favorite ideas to integrate your unique personalities into your big day, making it one none of your guests will cherish in their memories forever:
Leave trivia about the bride and groom on each reception table
Fun facts or trivia questions are a great way for guests to learn more about "the other side" of the wedding, and give introverts some nice tableside distractions as well! They also give you a way to let the guests know some of your passions, hobbies, and funky quirks. To give your guests a game to play at the reception, turn them into trivia questions that guests have to answer! At the end of the night, anyone who got a perfect score for questions about the other side can get a fun prize! For a similar idea, print the fun facts on your cocktail napkins.
Give guests take-home boxes for cake
Letting guests take home a big slice of cake is a great way to reduce wedding waste, and gives your guests a sweet taste of your wedding even after they've gone back home! It makes your wedding more eco-friendly, reduces the burden on you to figure out what to do with all the leftovers, and will have your guests remembering (and enjoying) the wedding long after it's over.
Have a prize or cocktail wheel for guests
Have a prize wheel at the reception! "Prizes" could include a special wedding favor bag, a bottle of wine, a pair of chocolates, or a kiss between the bride and groom! You could also do a cocktail wheel for guests to spin, removing the ever-difficult question of which of the signature drinks to try next! Including interactive components with your wedding and reception will make the memories stick out in guests' minds, making your wedding the one they look back fondly on for years to come.
Do cake pops or cupcakes instead of traditional wedding cake
Wedding cakes are great, but serving ultra-gourmet cake pops or cupcakes will make your wedding stand out among the crowd...and possibly save you some money as well! They're also easy to re-pack when you have leftovers, meaning you can reduce waste and give guests an extra little party favor. Using flower designs for the icing art is a surefire way to make a tasty cupcake into the perfect wedding dessert!
Upgrade to a gif or video booth
Photo booths are great, but video gif booths are even better! Brides and grooms can rent a gif booth that generates fun gifs for your guests, then allows them to download them onto their smartphones. Throw in funky animations, wild filters, and visual effects like boomerang, and you'll give your guests more than just a photo to take home.
Genuinely useful wedding favors
Those wedding favor bags, unfortunately, all too often get left behind or thrown away. The solution? Fill them with stuff that's genuinely useful! Your guests will appreciate it, hotel staff will love having less to clean up, and the earth will thank you for reducing waste. Think items like handmade soap or and face wash, mini champagne bottles to keep the wedding fun going after they get home, and artesenal olive oils for drizzling.
Use family recipes for the food
Serve Mom's family-famous lasagna, Grandma's beef pot pie, and Aunt June's crispy peanut brittle at the dessert table. If they're not family recipes, you can even let guests take home print-outs of the recipes to take home. that way, they'll remember your wedding every time they cook one of the delicious family dishes you served.
Let guests request songs on their RSVP card
This is a great way to let guests give input on the music, and ensure more of them hit the dance floor as well! Let them request a song on their RSVP card, and then let the DJ hit the requests at the reception. Guests will love feeling involved, and getting to put their own personal touch on the celebration. Better yet, if you can get them to promise to dance to their song, you'll never have that embarrassing moment where you realize the dance floor is far too empty!
Have a quirky theme
Carnival? Wild West? Halloween? Throwing a wedding with a truly quirky theme is a lot of work, but then again, so are all weddings -- and a themed wedding will be the one that guests remember. There are a million to choose from, so find one that says the most about your personalities and passions! Then, go wild. Your guests will have a blast, and they'll always remember the celebration of your love.
Don a daring dress
To make your guests' jaws drop to the floor when you appear, a daring bridal gown is the answer. Stripes? Why not! Floral print? It can be done. A black gown or a different color entirely? Go for it. A unique but appropriate gown will add a special touch to one of the most special moments of your life, while also making you stand out in the bridal season crowd.