It is no question that wedding events have come a long way since then.
Today, weddings have evolved from what used to be a simple and subdued affair to a personalized and elaborate gathering. Nowadays, it seems like affianced couples would want to find ways to make their wedding more unique and personalized than the last. In this regard, holding unconventional weddings has been somewhat of a trend among couples these days with each of them bringing new elements and aspects to make their wedding truly one of a kind.
However, in this time and age wherein most wedding trends are repetitive and no longer provide the kind of entertainment value to their guests, planning a wedding that stands out can be a daunting task. If you have been to any wedding in the last few years, the formula (ceremony, cocktails, dinner, program, games, dancing…you know the drill) can feel rather cyclical that nothing surprises you anymore. With that in mind, it is no wonder why couples are then compelled to make their affair a little different. In this regard, they would then find ways to incorporate little aspects in their wedding venue that would make an impression on their guests. So, with that in mind, it begs the question: How do you make your wedding stand out?
Before we go into the nitty-gritty details of what you can do to make your wedding distinct, you should first recognize that the wedding is about you and your partner. In this regard, the elements you incorporate in your wedding should reflect who you and your partner as a couple–insomuch that your wedding leaves the appropriate impression on your guests. So, if you and your partner are food enthusiasts, you might want to make your menu a priority. If you and your partner love posing in front of the camera then you might want to install a myriad of backdrops that make for excellent posing and snapshot areas. Keep in mind that whatever personalized details you might want to have, your guests should primarily be well-fed, comfortable and happy. If you have locked those three principles in mind, you can then proceed to incorporating fun wedding ideas that are sure to make a good impression on your guests.
So, whether you are choosing a wedding reception in Manila or elsewhere, here are some of the ideas you can include in making your wedding venue stand out:
Making your wedding venue stand out starts with the environment you create. In this regard, your wedding should be set in the right milieu with all the elements needed to make your chosen wedding theme come to life.
Keep in mind, however, that in incorporating little trendy details to your venue, your guests’ comfort should come first.
With that in mind, if you are planning on having your afternoon cocktails outdoors before the reception, be sure that the tables are adequately shaded insomuch that everyone can stay out of the sun and appreciate the view as it sets as well.
Your guests’ comfort is the key to their happiness and overall satisfaction. It is also one of the aspects that can make or break a good impression.
Moreover, guests who are comfortable are more likely to be present in the moment.
To ensure that you have comfortable guests (both at the ceremony and reception) is to give them somewhere to sit. However, do not just throw in any chair and leave it at that. If you want your guests to be aptly comfortable, your seats should ideally have cushions so they can relax and properly rest their heels–especially the women who might be wearing heels.
While your wedding decor plays a pivotal role in transforming the space, the right lighting makes them come to life. In this regard, couples should never overlook the importance of having the right lighting for their wedding venue.
Apart from illuminating certain areas in your reception venue, the right lighting creates the right ambiance for you and your partner. More importantly, it also plays a vital role in playing up your reception venue’s dramatic feel.
This is particularly true if you have an indoor wedding reception where the right lighting is not only recommended but essential.
Your souvenirs or party favors should be in line with your wedding theme.
If you and your partner are getting married during the summertime and have summer soiree for a theme, you might want to hand out hats and pairs of sunglasses to your guests during cocktail hour.
Similarly, if you are thinking of having a masquerade theme, giving away masks that your guests can decorate themselves however they wish is another idea that they might like.
An excellent way to keep your wedding guests engaged is to include interactive moments where they can join in.
Set up a designated special display where your guests can actually do something such as making their own drink from a special bar set up or perhaps a photo booth where they can take as many wacky photos as they wish.
However, if you and your partner are not much into alcohol, you might want to think about hiring a tarot reader, illustrator or any kind of service that would be somewhat fitting to your theme.
Personalized and unique wedding elements aside, there is no question that food and drinks are necessary to ensure everyone has a good time. In this regard, you should ensure that your guests are all adequately fed even prior to your reception dinner.
After the ceremony, there is a likely chance that you and your partner are going to be snapping post-nup photos. By that time, you would already have guests waiting at your reception venue.
With that in mind, be sure to station a cocktail buffet where your guests can help themselves to a buffet filled with food and to some drinks. Your drinks can include sparkling juice in glass flutes or even lemonade and juice as an afternoon treat.
One of the fun things to include in your wedding and keep your guests engaged and entertained is to include games. Apart from having your guests participate, it is also an excellent way to break the ice.
As a result, your family friends and co workers will have fun meeting each other. An excellent wedding game idea that your wedding guests can play while waiting for you to arrive at the venue is the wheel-of-fun. It utilizes a spin-the-wheel which your guests can take turns on spinning and do whatever it lands on.
Some of the expressions the marker can potentially land are “hug a stranger”, “moonwalk back to your seat”, “give the couple advice” and the like.
Your first dance is a moment where everyone’s eyes will be on you, so be sure to own that moment. Let your first dance be a chance for you and your partner to shine together by making this tradition unique.
To do this, you and your partner can practice a choreographed dance with a chosen special song.
You can also take it up a notch by appropriately decorating the dance floor with ornaments fitting to your wedding theme to truly make your first dance special.
After your host has wrapped up the program and everyone has read their speeches, make sure that your guests stay by having an after party. Keep the party going by ensuring that you stay in the same area so that most of your guests can still enjoy the closing shindig you have planned. While it is also fun to chance spaces for this final hoorah, having your guests stay in the same place increases the likelihood of more people attending the closing party. Make your after party a little more fun by including late-night bites, fun tunes (with a throwback playlist) and of course, a seemingly endless supply of alcohol.
Above all, you and your partner should enjoy yourselves. After all, this day is all about you. It should be a celebration of love and happiness.
If you and your partner are having the time of your lives insomuch that it truly is the best day of your lives, everyone else will similarly have a good time as well.
In this regard, your wedding guests can leave your wedding venue with a smile on their face–an excellent sight of a fantastic and memorable wedding!