How to make your wedding day special
One bride-to-be said: how do I make my wedding better than my friend’s? Even if I’m not into competition, it got me thinking about how to make the day even more special. I found some great ideas on the web and am sharing some with you today. My favourites are in bold (with my comments)
- Write a welcome note for your out-of-town guests on postcards from the city your wedding takes place. It’s a nice personal touch that shows tremendous thought as well as a keepsake that can be saved with photos of the wedding. (You could let them know of places to visit while they’re staying in the area)
- Include an “About the Wedding Party” section in your programs or on the reception tables for your guests to learn more about the members of your bridal party. Not everyone will know that you and your Maid of Honor have been best friends since preschool.
- Hang your dress on a pretty silk coat hanger the day of your wedding. People will be taking photographs of the dress before you put it on and you’d like to avoid having it on an old wire coat hanger. (A good idea, as well as trying to keep the bedroom somehow tidy)
- Invite the President, Pope, and the Queen of England for a special wedding surprise. Be sure to send their invites out early (I was quite surprised by that one!)
- Place tissues or personalized embroidered handkerchiefs in the rows where family will be seated for their “tears of joy”.(Aw..)
- Write a letter to your mom and dad and have it waiting for them at their seat during the ceremony. It could be about anything: a thank you, how you hope your marriage turns out like theirs, your gratitude everything they have done for you, etc. They will be so touched and honored that you took the time to arrange for this and you’ll have them in tears before you begin to walk down the aisle! (mm, may be you can pick another time, but that’s a sweet idea, don’t forget your husband/ bride, sister/brother and special people)
- Read your vows to candlelight. All your guests will receive a candle on their way into the ceremony. When it comes time for the vows, have your ushers or groomsmen go around and light the candle at the end of the row and let them “pass the flame.” It’s a nice romantic touch to a very sentimental and powerful moment. (beautiful even if possibly very difficult to photograph)
- For family members who have passed away or cannot physically be there with you, wear something of theirs so that they are with you. It could be a lapel pin tied to the ribbon of your bouquet, your great aunt’s pearls, or your grandmother’s handkerchief.
- Pick a special ceremony start time, like 5:17 — the exact time he proposed to you. (not necessarily practical but touching. it could be the table names that are cryptic, with an explanation..)
- Serve your cocktails from a “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” menu. Take recommendations from special people involved in the wedding for their favorite old/classic drink, a new/modern drink, a favorite borrowed unique drink recipe, and a blue cocktail. It’s a festive way to get the party started! (if you like cocktails)
- Write special love quotes on the inside of everyone’s place cards. ( aw.. One of my couples had a basket of messages for their guests, so it was two ways)
- Be sure to have your parents and married siblings first dances played at the reception- and make sure the DJ or band recognizes them when they are played! (a nice touch)
- Be sure to have a kid-oriented table. Lay down block paper for them to draw on, have them make you cards, serve hot dogs, chicken fingers, ice cream sundaes. Perhaps even have a side room for them with Disney movies playing or a magician for entertainment. Your guests will love you for getting the kids out of their hair for the night!
- Have some thank you photos that are personal: “hi Grandma, we love you!” for example
- Have a photo, a quizz, a fact sheet, showing how the bridesmaids/ groomsmen know the couple
- Bind all the cards and messages into a book. My friend asked everyone to send a A4 something: poem, drawing, letter, collage.. and she had a table with pens etc at our wedding, we collected that into a book and stuck cards to it too, a lovely scrapbook full of love and memories.