Planning your dream wedding is exciting, but it’s not an easy task. You want the celebration to be unforgettable and with so many details to consider, your task list can feel endless. Memorable wedding celebrations are those where the planners have paid attention to the details, seemingly not to forget a thing. But we would go so far as to say that the most memorable weddings are those that make their guests feel special, and provide an unforgettable experience.
The Best Guest Experiences Don’t go Unnoticed
Think about your best and worst hotel stay. It’s all about the guest experience—how you’re greeted and how you’re treated. And when you’ve felt you’ve received adequate attention during your stay, you’ll remember that experience for a long time.
While your wedding day should be all about you, there are others to consider. Whether you choose to plan your own wedding, use the venue in-house wedding planner, or decide to hire a freelance wedding planner, if the guest experience is an important part of the plan then your guests will leave feeling considered and your wedding will be a fond and cherished memory.
Consider a few of these tips for leaving a lasting impression with all of your guests.
A wedding lip dub is the perfect way to get your guests engaged and primed for some fun. Or opt to put on a show for them along with the traditional first dance. There are lots of variations to this theme, like an epic father/daughter dance or a surprise groomsmen dance. Whichever you decide, there won’t be a dry eye in the reception hall.
People naturally love to dance. And after watching some of the epic dances mentioned here, they’ll be excited to get on that dance floor. But if you really want them to cut a rug out there, provide a big bucket of flip-flops at the front door. You can even tie tags on the shoes that represent your theme if you want to. They will be sure to ditch their dress shoes and appreciate that you’ve thought of them on your day.
Some of the most important guests at your wedding will be your family. Spend a little time thinking about what will make them feel special. Chances are they’ve endured the planning process along with you and they’ve worked tirelessly planning additional side celebrations for you. Putting some thought into making them feel important on your wedding day will be all the thanks they’ll need to leave them feeling appreciated.
For guests who have travelled a long way to celebrate your union, make sure they have a place to stay. Leave little note cards in their rooms letting them know that you appreciate them and that you’re looking forward to seeing them soon.
It’ll be difficult to speak to everyone during the reception, but not if you plan some of the moments mentioned above. If you make the rounds during the lip dub, or photo bomb your guests in the slow motion photo booth, it’ll be easy to catch up with each of them. Including some of the senior guests in these activities will make for some very special moments captured on film or in photos.
When people are already excited about a special day or event, they’ll be ready to celebrate double-time on your wedding day. A Valentine’s Day wedding or New Year’s Eve wedding will provide the perfect opportunity for decorations. Get creative with these holidays. If you decorate with themed party favours, deserts, and flowers for the table, the event is sure to be memorable. You could even consider a Halloween themed wedding…if you dare.
If you’ve ever danced all night, laughed all night, socialized all night, you know that by midnight, you’re usually famished. Why not book a couple of food trucks to drive up to your venue? Food truck meals and snacks have elevated to a level of unmatched deliciousness. Try a sweet and a savoury option. Your guests will love getting outside for a few minutes and the mess….what mess?