BY GUEST BLOGGER, GAIL OLIVER, AUTHOR OF 663 MUST-HAVE WEDDING IDEAS
In my ebook, 663 Must-Have Wedding Ideas, I end with a section called, appropriately, finishing touches. Those unique little details you can add to your wedding ceremony and reception that will really leave your guests in awe! Below is just a small excerpt from my ebook:
♥ Set up a bench in front of a scenic area at your reception, like the wedding cake display, and have a friend or relative take guests photos (like a prom photo kind of idea). Include the photo in your thank you notes.
♥ Use a camera cell phone to help far away friends and relatives experience your wedding in near real-time. Take a picture of the two of you leaving the church in your limo, post to your Facebook page or e-mail the photo and then call the recipient. You could use Skype as well.
♥ A yard of beaded trim is not expensive, usually about $2 and can be found in the notions section of any fabric or craft store. It’s an inexpensive way to dress up tablecloths, bridesmaids’ dresses, gloves, wraps, even place cards.
♥ To keep kids busy at an outdoor wedding, put them behind a lemonade stand to serve guests non-alcoholic drinks.
♥ It’s expensive (under $1,000), but as your guests exit the church, how cool would it be to hire a small plane to fly over head pulling a banner that reads, “Congratulations to John & Stephanie, Who Just Got Married!”
♥ Have your musicians continue playing outside after the ceremony to keep the celebration going, until all guests have departed the church.
♥ Create life-size photo cutouts of the bride and groom and put them at the door of the reception hall. Makes for great photographs.
♥ For an outdoor wedding, set up intimate conversation areas by using small tent cabanas that can house 8 to 10 guests.
♥ Give each guest a roll of paper streamers, ribbons and balloons as they leave the church and encourage them to quickly decorate their cars.
♥ Be sure to have some snacks available (nothing that can spill or stain clothes) in the limousine for your wedding party, particularly when you go off to take your photos.
♥ Be sure to honor both sets of parents and serve them the first piece of wedding cake.
♥ Ask your guests to do something specific for the wedding. Maybe you want them all to wear white, or all the women to wear hats, or everyone to hold a candle during the service.
My ebook is available at my Etsy shop. I’ll be back next Monday with more ideas….until then, Gail.
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