Is your big day getting closer? Consider these cool finishing touches to complete your planning in style…
Your guests will spend a lot of time sat at their table during your reception, so it’s really important that these are a big focus point for you. Flowers, tealights and favours will always give your tables an elegant look, but don’t overdo it – clutter doesn’t look classy. In terms of the table centres, choose something low enough for guests to talk to each other over the top, or high enough for them to talk underneath. There’s nothing worse than having to lean over someone else in order to have a conversation! If you want to make the tables more fun, there are plenty of ways to keep your guests entertained: mini games, disposable cameras, fancy dress props (moustaches, oversized glasses etc), and colouring in books for children.
Decorating the venue is one of the final things you’ll do before the big day, and it’s also one of the most fun bits, where you’ll see all your months of planning come together. Your venue will set the scene for your day and feature in pretty much every photograph, so use it to emphasise your theme. If you’re getting married in a converted barn then fairylights around the beams will look magical. For hotel venues, flowers will play a big part in creating a more elegant feel to the reception space. For outdoors, you can never go wrong with bunting and hanging tealights from the trees that can be lit up in the evening to create an enchanting feel.
On your wedding day, all eyes will be on the bride, so you’ll want to look and feel a million dollars. There are lots of ways to make you feel that extra bit special: if you’ve gone for a princess skirt, why not go all out and add a full underskirt for added oomph? You’re only going to wear a dress like this once, after all. Consider your shoes, too. Why match your dress when there are so many pretty coloured/statement pairs out there to add character to your look? For a sentimental finishing touch, if you have a loved one that’s no longer with you, get a locket with their picture in and add it to your bouquet so they can be with you as you walk down the aisle. Finally, consider your eveningwear. Many brides will stay in their dress all day and night, but dancing in a ballgown can be particularly difficult. Consider getting a shorter evening dress to change into so you can dance the night away with your groom and guests without tripping over yourself!
Keeping your guests entertained is one of the top priorities for couples planning the big day, but you can keep guests happy without spending a fortune – garden games like giant Jenga and Connect 4 will go down a treat. Photobooths – professional or homemade – filled with fun props will always get everyone in the partying mood, as will sweetie bars, a karaoke room and cocktail bar.
Some people will argue that favours are an unnecessary detail that often gets left on the table at the end of the night, but use a bit of creativity and they could play a big part in your day. Instead of little boxes of sweets, why not club together the budget you’d put aside for favours then use it to buy one larger gift, and have a competition for guests to win it? Or, you could buy a few big gifts then each guest could have a personalised raffle ticket to be in with a chance of winning it. If you’re happy to leave it to chance, you could buy each guest a lottery ticket or scratchcard for just £1, and who knows, they might just win big… Surely there’s no better favour than that?!