Top 3 things your wedding guests will remember about your Reception vs the top 3 things your guests will forget..
June 6, 2017
Let’s start with the 3 things likely to be forgotten:
Rolling into 2017 wedding season, this old school tradition is one that can be ditched, and equally so the hours of time spent on crafting the creative alternatives, “time capsules,” “Wishing trees” “polaroid’s for cork boards.” Sadly these thoughtful gestures can go un acknowledged, unappreciated, and frankly can leave you wondering what to do with this creative Shrine post-wedding. I say either embrace the old school tradition and keep it to, simply, “A book with guest signatures.” Or forget this tradition all together. Instead, create a hashtag, and/or have a decorative greeting board or display, at your entrance that Welcomes your guests, & sets the mood of your Wedding Reception.
You: “I’m going to spend hours of my time and more money than anticipated to bestow upon each guest a miniature customized gift as a token of my appreciation.” Me (as your guest) “what the heck am I going to do with this (customized and dated) photo frame/shot glass/crystal figurine/coaster/tiny jar of jam? Oh, and guess what? I have two because my guest/spouse/partner received one as well. Nobody wants to be that heartless person and throw these keepsakes out, but more often than not, they end up at the bottom of the junk drawer, or the donation bin. Let’s face it, isn’t dinner, drinks and a night out enough of a “gift?” Instead, as a wise person once said (Or maybe I saw it on facebook somewhere) “Create memories not things” (I’m sure it was more elegantly stated than that, now that I think about it) We are in an era of creating too much waste as it is, think of putting those dollars toward s a photo booth or sketch artist is a complete 2 for 1! A cool memory and a keepsake. Or be the Philanthropist and donate those funds to a good cause. Now, here’s my last tip, on favours. If you are desperately dying to “gifty” your guests, and have access to a hefty budget, two words: Swag Bag! If you can afford it take a page from People magazine celebrity weddings and fill a bag of disposable, consumable gifts like lip balm, altoids, truffles, Glasses/cellphone cleaning cloth, a salty snack, Mini bar bottles, Face spritzer.
Sorry ladies, this pains me to say, as I myself am a self-proclaimed fashion addict, a straight up style junkie, but in all honesty your guests will remember your energy, not your dress, and certainly not the label of that dress, or the 12 week wait for delivery form Paris. Don’t get me wrong, indulge in the couture that you have been obsessing about since you were 15 if it makes you be the happiest, most confident, gracious you, but remember at the end of the day, the rule is “If the Bride’s Happy, everybody ‘s happy!”
So Now that I’ve burst possibly a few bridal bubbles, lets talk about what your guests will remember!
Selfie wall/photo booth.
(refer to no. 2) Like I said, Free flowing wedding Photo booths, flip books and selfie walls are a tone of interactive entertainment. Even if you are not a seasoned, lip pouting, selfie taker, watching the antics of fellow guests hamming it up for the camera is always a treat! Bonus, you’ve just captured an image on your handheld device to do with it what you want. Did I mention hashtag?
Having your wedding set to professional music will elevate you and your guest’s experience. A professional will be able to guide you and your guests through moments of joyous tears, and roaring cheers. From the ceremony to grand entrance, from swanky/chill dinner music to a popping dance floor (remember the scene from Wedding Crashers where Luke Wilson is centred on the dance floor and all guests are completely caught in the moment of the music?) A pro Wedding DJ will to be able to read a crowd and play music that appeals to your audience. In fact, a very sought after wedding DJ once told me that it is her personal challenge to get each and every guest up on the dance floor! Every wedding is graced with a unique dynamic of family and friends, it takes skill to read and play to that crowd. Furthermore, with the guidance of a professional wedding DJ, all of the special moments will be highlighted with the pre-determined songs decided at your music consultation. Think “Sound track” to your wedding day!