Planning the Wedding of the Century with Moments of Surprise and Delight

Every couple dreams of pulling off the “wedding of the century.”  But, an epic wedding takes a fair amount of hard work. There are months of planning and countless stressful nights to create a day of memories that will last a lifetime.

Are you making the right choices to ensure your wedding ceremony and reception stand out from the crowd? Or are you quietly fitting in with the rest of the wedding pack?

No couple should ever have to worry about whether or not their wedding is unapologetically them or stress out that the day goes off without a hitch. They also shouldn’t be anxious about keeping their guests occupied with “wow” moments.

You have a wedding planner for just that reason! Wedding planners are all about the logistics, from vendor referrals and contract negotiation to day-of execution of your vision. I also provide design services, helping with the creative specifics of your wedding day as well as gift bag curation and RSVP tracking. Each planner is different so make sure that you ask exactly what is included when interviewing planners so you are getting exactly what you are looking for.

One of the most effortless conversations to have with your planner is about adding moments of surprise and delight. These moments can help to entertain your guests and give them a long-lasting impression. I worked with a couple that was getting married in 2020 so you can imagine the stress that they were feeling but we made it amazing by adding those elements. At the rehearsal dinner, the groom’s father pulled me aside and said that he had a surprise for the groom. He had actually purchased a matching outfit identical to what the groom was wearing all the way down to his shoes and poked a little fun and everyone had a great laugh to lighten the mood. Although their wedding looked a little different than they had originally planned everyone had an amazing time and the family was so happy!

Here are just a few ways that you can start planning “outside the box” and add a bit of surprise and delight into your wedding day:

Dream Up A Memorable Entrance

They say first impressions are everything, so why not make your wedding stand out right from the get-go?

Grand entrances can be an impressive experience for both the couple and their wedding guests. Say you want to entice your guests as they enter the venue space. You can opt to entertain them with live musicians or other performers lining the walkways to their designated tables or seating areas. The newlyweds’ dramatic introduction can happen at either the ceremony or the reception (or both if you’re feeling fancy).

Another way to make a memorable entrance is by going over-the-top to introduce the happy couple and their wedding party. Try and recreate elements of your love story. Think of creative and unique ways to highlight how you met, your favorite activities to do together, or anything in-between.

Raise The Bar With Luxury Decor

No matter your budget, you can easily elevate the reception space with luxurious decor. Your design elements can be something as simple as throw pillows or fabric-rich tablescapes to more off-the-wall and adventurous endeavors such as hanging installations or over-the-top light shows with accompanying music. These lush elements can help set the mood for the reception and put guests in the right vibe and headspace for the event.

I absolutely love using unique escort cards as a way to elevate your wedding. Here we had Heart Wedding Decor create terracotta escort “cards” to match this amazing fall theme at The Boathouse on Lake Charlevoix. This not only elevates your wedding but also gives your guests a very unique take-home item to remind them of how much fun they had!

Craft Different Scenes Utilizing Guest Interests

Storytelling is a great way to bring your wedding to life. Every couple has a unique journey, whether it’s your family history or your extraordinary love story. Either of these can easily be divided up into stations.

One of the things that I love about Thomas Heath Events is that he will tell your love story for your guests. It so heartfelt and unique and it is a really fun way for your guests to get involved. It is a really amazing segway into your first dance!

Want to incorporate both partner’s family history and culinary traditions into your wedding menu? Try dividing each cuisine type into a section of the room and scatter in tidbits of family tradition and history throughout the tablescapes.

Another way to break up your reception into stations is by dedicating each station to an era of your love. You can include era-centric favors or photobooth apparel and pair it with a specialty cocktail or appropriate hors d’oeuvre. 

With your wedding just a few short months away, don’t hesitate to reach out to your planner and start a conversation that can lead to the “wow factor” your wedding deserves.

So if you want to relieve all the wedding planning stress and create some amazing “wow factors” for your guests make sure to contact us to reserve your date now!

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