Before you say “YES!” to the person in front of you on their knee, you have most likely thought about how your wedding day will go. Maybe something old, maybe something new, maybe something borrowed, or maybe even something blue. Guests dressed to the nines, two rings, a beautiful cake, and a five-star venue. What doesn’t come to mind immediately is how unique you want your wedding day to be.
Customization is as simple as knowing yourself and your partner. What do you like? What are your hobbies? What is something that is near and dear to your hearts (besides each other)? Below I have put together some clever and creative ideas for providing a unique touch to your wedding.
Stamped & Sealed With Love
You want guests to be WOW’d from the moment they receive their Save-The-Date, to the moment they receive their Thank You card. Personalizing a stamp or seal with the bride’s and/or groom’s initials for under $5 is a start; your guests will feel warmed by the intimate touch on each stationary they receive. Try these sites to get started:
Cheers to Love, Laughter, and Happily Ever After
Bring your cocktail napkins to life by detailing them with questions or fun facts about the bride and/or groom! Where you met, likes/dislikes, what you love about each other, what you do for fun, how much time was spent planning the wedding, and so on.
Here are some great companies that don’t break the bank:
Food Glorious Food!
Guests love food, and guests love creativity. If it is within your budget, opt to include a buffet ‘station’ pertaining to a specific food group. Here are some of the favorites of 2018:
Fresh pasta station
Raw Bar- sushi, clams, mussels, shrimp, oysters, crab cakes
Midnight Snacks- Cookies and milk/s’mores
Soft Pretzel Station
Mac & Cheese
Spud Bar- potato skins, tater tots, French fries, potato chips, waffle fries, hash browns, potato soup
Don’t know what your venue has to offer? Here are some menus from preferred venues that we work with in the area:
The Inn at New Hyde Park
Charitable Donation in Lieu of Favors/Gifts
Is there a charity that is near and dear to your hearts? Instead of going crazy trying to come up with ideas (and money) for memorable favors, make a donation in your guests’ names to the foundation of your choice. Leave cards at the exit for guests to take, and provide the website link or QR Code (for those tech savvy hosts) in case they want to join you in donating.
It’s all in the details, baby.
Keep an eye out for our next blog, which will outline tips and tricks for your first trip with an infant!