Everything about your wedding day reflects your personal style and personality. Here we offer some of our favorite touches we have seen at our own family weddings. Bringing in some local favorite, personal touches, and a bit of whimsy. Enjoy your day!
Choose barware that fits your theme. Serving hard lemonade in Mason jars at an outdoor country wedding adds charm to the cocktail hour. Work with your bar tender to create a special mixed drink, fitting to the occasion.
Collect photos of family and friends (easier with small weddings), and place them in frames with each guest's table assignment.
Create a photo opportunity using flowers, setting, background. Encourage guests to take their photo and post on a social media page, or with a hashtag.
Surprise guests with a handwritten note in each place card (Janet, thanks for flying in from Florida!"). If your list is too large, try a lipstick-smooch mark and a "Glad you're here today!"
At informal receptions, top cocktail tables with white butcher paper; supply markers and glitter pens. Or create "coloring" pages, themed to your wedding.
Give each reception table a name (for example, "Harbor Center") that relates to your courtship. Have a tent card on the table with a short explanation: "We had our first date at the ice skating rink, and hot chocolate at Fowler's afterwards."
Got a travel theme? Go the extra mile and use custom luggage tags to hold the escort or place cards.
Traditional guest books often end up stashed in a closet; instead, choose a coffee-table book covering a subject you love and that you'll want to display at home; guests can write on the photos or in the margins. These are often available inexpensively at used bookstores and in library book stores.
Another guest-book idea: Leave a glass bowl with cards and pens beside it, with a note asking guests to contribute a favorite memory of you or your husband.