While the larger elements of a wedding are incredibly important—a great venue, terrific food, good music—it’s the smaller details and thoughtful touches that make the event unforgettable. Here are five ways to create a lasting impression on your guests, and to keep your wedding feeling anything but cookie-cutter. For other ideas, check out RiverCrest’s Pinterest page, or contact one of our seasoned event pros!
Get playful with your programs
Include important details, of course—how the ceremony will progress; who is in the bridal procession—but also consider sweet, personalized additions like a custom illustration that shows how you met and fell in love, or an infographic with all the stats of your love. For outdoor summer weddings, a fan program is always welcome.
Amp up your cocktail hour
Hire an on-site artist to do live sketches of guests during the cocktail hour. Philly-based artist Denise Fike will come armed with pen and paper and produce whip-quick—and oh-so-flattering—fashion sketches of guests that they can take home as a wedding memento.
Rethink the guest book
Instead of a traditional signed book, let guests fill out a custom Mad-Libs sheet (way more fun to read post-wedding!). Or ditch the paper altogether and let guests pen a message on an item that you can later display in your home. (Inspiration: A couple of avid skiers had guests write their messages in white Sharpies on antique wooden skis that now hang in their house!)
Serve a signature cocktail
Better yet, offer two: One concocted by the groom using his favorite ingredients and mixers, and one by the bride. Place a sign with the cocktail name (the cheekier, the better) and a brief description of the drinks by the bar. Cheers!
Have fun with the food
A dessert bar is a super-popular option for couples, but take it one step further: Try a dip-your-own donut bar; for winter weddings, consider a hot chocolate station where guests can top off their toasty drinks with liqueurs, drizzles of chocolate and marshmallows. Or let guests belly up to a food truck for extra late-night snacks!