It goes without saying that there are big-ticket items that can quickly eat up your wedding budget. You have to allot money for your dress, your hair and makeup, photographer, videographer, venue, and catering – the list goes on and it all adds up fast! But there are a few less obvious elements that are definitely worth prioritizing as you plan and spend, in order to make sure your guests never forget your day!
Purchase an Interactive Guest Book
Most weddings have guest books where people simply sign their names. What’s more boring than a book filled with just signatures 20 years down the road? Opt for a guest book for your guests to leave their well wishes and inspiring advice for you to reflect upon years down the road.
Interactive” guest books allow you to customize your book with your engagement photos, and ask your guests questions or prompts that’ll leave you with sweet responses from your loved ones. My Bridal Pix has a range of templates available to choose from, and you can prompt your guests with questions like ‘What will you remember about our wedding day?’ We have questions preset to enable you to input common choices quickly and easily – or, if you prefer, you can add your own!
Every wedding your guests have been probably will have had something for them to sign, so why not make yours different by incorporating your engagement photos with a unique and meaningful question prompt? It’ll definitely stick in their minds.
Hire a Wedding Band
Music is an integral way to set the mood of your wedding, and while you may have selected your first dance song, there’s so much more to consider. Of course, you could opt for a DJ or make a playlist yourself, but there’s something special about hiring a wedding band to get the party started!
Live music is always more memorable than having a DJ play records, and don’t worry if there are certain songs that you have to have played on your wedding night. Adam Michaels, owner of the wedding band company Around Town Entertainment, explains how his bands are “able to learn any new or specific songs that you want to be played as long as they’re given a preferred setlist in advance.” There’s something about live music that will be sure to keep your dancefloor filled all night long. Your guests won’t be able to stop gushing about the fun they had afterward!
Hiring a wedding band will give your guests a new experience, as DJs are chosen for weddings much more frequently. The adaptability and personality of a wedding band will be memorable, and something extra special.
Cater to Everyone
Catering is crucial. You’ll want to ensure that your guests are well-fed throughout the day, especially if there is a gap of time between your ceremony and reception. When you’re a guest at both ceremony and reception, weddings can drag on if you’re hungry and dehydrated causing you to count down the minutes until the meal, which doesn’t create the best memory!
It’s not necessary that you provide snacks after a meal and dessert, but for people who are attending any after-party, it’s nice to offer them something small. Finger food works well and will definitely be something your guests remember, especially if there’s been plenty of drinking at your reception by this point!
Food brings people together, so it’s a great way to let your guests mingle with other groups of people over canapes or snacks. It’s worth investing a little bit extra into catering to ensure your guests are happy and fed – and make sure that anyone with dietary requirements has at least one option.
Book parking spots or shuttle buses
There is little else as frustrating as arriving somewhere and trying to find a parking spot or trying to park beside a car that’s crooked. Equally as frustrating is arriving to find that parking must be paid for at a wedding with no warning.
If your venue allows you to mass-reserve parking spots, do it! Your guests and the venue will thank you. Another idea would be to provide a valet service so that your guests don’t need to worry about getting parked and finding their way back into the venue.
If you’re having your reception or ceremony out of town, consider booking some shuttle buses to bring your guests from a collection point. It cuts down on a lot of the hassle of traveling and providing directions and it allows your guests to relax. Going the extra mile with parking is not always something that couples do, which means your guests will definitely remember it!
Send Out Personalized Thank You Cards
So while this one isn’t for the day of your wedding, it’s a nice touch and something that a lot of couples could potentially forget about when focused solely on the actual event. The weeks and months following your wedding will be a whirlwind: recovery, honeymoons, and the newlywed excitement can distract you if you don’t plan for these beforehand.
But your guests were a big part of your day, it’s a nice gesture to thank them for adding to the enjoyment and celebration. Of course, you can get generic thank you cards, but it’s definitely worth sending cards unique to your wedding, with photos and personalized notes. What makes it even more memorable is if you send the cards by mail.
In our digital age, receiving mail is becoming increasingly rare for anything that isn’t a utility bill or advertisements. For that reason, sending a card in the mail is definitely going to be remembered.
Whatever you decide to do for your wedding, the day will be a great memory for you and your spouse. But your guests are a big part of your day, and by investing in the 5 things mentioned, you can guarantee your wedding will stick out in their minds as well.