Let’s be frank: When you plan your big day you want it to be better than everybody else’s. After all, it is your wedding and all the attention is going to be on you. You want your guests to be amazed by the occasion you have put on. You want to wow them by going against the norm.
From catering and table centrepieces to favours and invitation design, there are many different factors you need to consider when planning the perfect wedding reception. In this guide, we provide some pointers…
One of the main things people remember when they go to a wedding is the venue. There are lots of unique venues and these can create a magical and surreal ambience, and this will totally transform the atmosphere and make it feel like a fairytale. You can opt for anything from the historical locations, to famous attractions, to the completely random but damn right brilliant – such as the zoo, in fact – you could even get married underwater if you wanted something completely out of the box! When it comes to your wedding anything, is possible. Don’t underestimate the amount of venues offering wedding services.
When you are planning your wedding, especially when it is in the summer and you have the possibility of nice weather, you need to think about the photography opportunities. A wedding photographer enables you to eternalise the day. This means that you can literally carry those memories with you for a lifetime. There are some phenomenal places offering fantastic scenery and providing the perfect place to get your photographs taken. So, don’t forget to think about where you are going to get snapped as well as where you are going to say “I do”.
You can make your wedding party one to remember via opting for unique entertainment. Most people tend to get a DJ or a band, but you don’t have to stick with this norm. You’ll be shocked to discover some of the innovative options. You can opt for circus acts to perform. You could get a magician, and see if he can magically transport you to the Caribbean for your honeymoon.
One thing that certainly cannot be ignored is the entertainment. No wedding is complete without music. It plays a vital role; it creates the right ambience for such a special day and ensures your guests are enjoying themselves.
When looking for wedding bands, the best thing to do is read reviews that have been left by others and watch videos of the band. By doing this, you will get a real feel for what they have to offer, and you should instantly get a sense as to whether this is the type of band you want playing at your wedding. Of course, videos are going to give you the best insight. However, reviews are just as important, as you will discover whether they band were punctual, professional, and if they were good to work with. If you come across an abundance of negative reviews, you know not to spend your money on this band.
Aside from this, you will need to take a look at the band’s set list. Most wedding bands will have a play list on their website. You should enquire as to whether you will have any influence over the set list. If there is a particular song you would like them to sing, you will need to ask them if they are able to do this. It is unlikely that you will be able to select the play list, but you should be able to have an input. Most couples will choose a cover band, as it’s important to have songs that everyone is going to know. However, the band may have a few original songs too, and so you may wish to enquire about this.
Price is, of course, another factor. It is a good idea to sit down and look at your finances for the entire occasion – allocate a set amount to catering, entertainment, and so on and so forth. This will give you a good idea regarding how much you have to spend, and thus you can search within this budget. You will also want to know how long the band is going to be playing for, as you may need to book a DJ for the rest of the reception. Aside from this, you need to make sure the vibe of the band fits in with the theme of your wedding, and logistics is a vital factor. You need to ensure the band can fit within the venue, and that there are no restrictions in place.
The little extras
They always say it is the little things that count! Here are some innovative suggestions… You can have a video booth whereby people can leave you video messages rather than a guestbook. In addition to this you could also opt to have sweet stalls, an ice cream stand, or a candy floss section – these options tend to be massive hits with the younger women getting married today! Plus, they provide a great way to get the kids attending excited.
So there you have it; ways to make your wedding unique this summer. Find an unusual venue, consider your photograph opportunities, opt for a different form of entertainment, and then sprinkle a few extras – perfect!