There are so many things to keep in mind when you’re planning a wedding. The venue, the photographer, the DJ, the dress, the cake, the rings… it’s easy to lose track! Somewhere between the main elements of a wedding and all of those ideas you’ve pinned on Pinterest, it can be all too easy to overlook those little finishing touches that can make your big day even more memorable. This week, we’ve put together a list of wedding details not to overlook so that you can ensure you’ve got the wedding day (and photos) you’ve dreamed of!
In our experience, most wedding dresses come on a plastic hanger. Be prepared for the photograph and video shots of the dress before the ceremony by placing it on a nice hanger – the one in the image here was from Not On The Hight Street.
The photos of you and your partner exchanging vows are ones you will treasure. If you’re not having a church wedding, it’s often easy to overlook the decoration of the spot where you do this. Whether you’re marrying outside, in a barn, or in a hotel, you can make your ceremony even more magical (and the photos even more memorable) with a ceremony arch. You can view our range by clicking here.
Again, without the surroundings of a church, the aisle you will take your walk down can be very nondescript. Create your own aisle in your own style. Using vintage rugs looks great for outdoor ceremonies.
As you make your way down the aisle, all eyes will be on you. And they will remain on you while you take your vows. Whatever is in front of your guests will frame their view of you! Make sure your aisle decorations match your theme or reflect you and your partner’s personalities. Vintage bottles filled with flowers, lanterns, pompoms, and even framed photographs work well.
Often overlooked, a ring cushion will allow your photographer to capture the moment your wedding rings are brought to you, side by side. The one above is often a last minute add on for our brides and grooms!
Sparklers / confetti / rice
Not all of your guests will have thought to bring their own confetti, and you might want something different – whether that’s dried petals, or sparklers, lots of them will make for amazing photos, and none of your guests will feel left out.
This is all too easily forgotten because we all want good weather for our wedding days! Unfortunately, no matter how well you plan, it might just rain. Bear this in mind – provide umbrellas for your guests, but also pop one in the wedding car too, just in case you need it for the journey between your car and your wedding venue. Serving welcome drinks on a trolley means that they’re easily moved between indoor and outdoor spaces, responding to the weather.
Directions / signage
Even if your wedding and your reception is all taking place at the same location, having signage can welcome your guests (and reassure them that they’ve found the correct venue) but also allow your wedding day a better chance of running on time – everyone will know where they need to be and when. Additional signage can show your guests where they’re seated for the wedding breakfast, and also inform your guests of any special requests that you as a couple have such as not sharing any photos on social media until after the first dance.
For those times where there’s not much for your guests to do, supply them with some games to keep them entertained. Here at Vintage Partyware, we have everything from giant noughts and crosses, to hook the duck and a tin can alley!
Come up with your own hashtag so that your guests’ snaps can be collated online – they will be posting some online at some point, no doubt. Just make sure you have some signage telling your guests what hashtag to use, allowing you to go back and re-live the day through the eyes of your guests.
Most venues have very similar, everyday use chairs. Transform them using chair covers and bows to match your theme. Place the bows off-centre to be different… we have hundreds to hire here at Vintage Partyware. Not into bows? Weave the fabric through chair backs for a different look. And don’t forget to make your chairs that bit more special. Add a ‘bride’ or ‘groom’ sign to the chair back, or hire two totally different chairs to make a statement.
Everyone remembers the bigger details such as the cutlery, the crockery, and the tablecloths. Often forgotten are the napkins, and you end up with generic tissue paper serviettes. Hiring napkins to match your theme and your table linen is much more appealing to the eye, and adds a little style to your place settings.
So you’ve hired the post box, and your guests have somewhere to post their cards and well wishes. You’ve even bought a book and some pens for guests to write their messages to your on the evening itself. But where do they do this? Show off your creativity by setting out a desk with decorations which is set aside for those guests who wish to leave you with their wishes, their tips for marriage, or their thoughts on what you’ll be doing 10 years from now! Being creative will mean that more of your guests will want to sign your guestbook. The image above shows our writing desk.
Whilst there are some cute bride and groom cake toppers out there, opt for something that reflects your personalities. You can really make a statement – we’ve even seen llama themed cake toppers! Our faves at the moment are available from Ellie’s Cakery, as see in the image above.
I’ve lost count of the number of times it has come to the cutting of the cake, and there’s someone hunting around for a decent knife to cut it with! We often add this on as a list minute hire item, alongside a cake slice and serving tongs.
You want to make your reception look as elegant and beautiful as possible… but you forget the bathrooms! Add a basket to each bathroom containing bits and pieces your guests might need throughout the evening – mouthwash, stain remover, hair wax / hairspray, suncream, mosquito repellent, and plasters are just a few items that could be placed in the basket. We’ve provided a cute little sign for this very purpose in the past.
As much you as might love kids and want them to be a part of your wedding day, they can be disruptive when they’re bored! Leave out some crayons, colouring books, and games to keep them entertained. If there’s going to be lots of kids present, hire an entertainer and have a separate area where they can have a good time while their grateful parents are enjoying themselves too. See our previous blog post for further ideas of how to keep the kids entertained.
It’s the quirky, unique little bits that make your wedding day personal to you and memorable for your guests. Add little touches to give some wedding some flair. We love the idea of the balloon splash canvas – fill balloons with paint, attach them to a canvas, give your guests some darts and get them to try and burst the balloons to create a spectacular keepsake painting!
Remember, it’s the little things that make your day stand apart from everyone else’s. Hopefully, our little guide to the wedding details not to overlook has helped! Remember, there’s more tips and ideas on our other blog posts – find them by clicking here.