It’s the little things that can really make your day special. From day one, we wanted the focus to be on everyone having fun, and we hope we achieved this.
Guests love things they can interact with. Photo booths always go down amazingly, but I wanted something a little different. I had recently been to Brighton and loved the face-in-the-hole boards that they have on the pier, which gave me the idea of building a wedding themed one. Our talented friend crafted the whole thing and painted on a cheeky wedding scene. We set it up outside our marquee, and was great fun for our guests to have their picture taken.
Tip 1: Think of fun quirky things that your guests can interact with. It will make your day far more memorable.
The one thing we really struggled with was wedding favours. We had already ploughed our guests with cocktails, sweets and the wedding breakfast so we didn’t want to add any more food into the mix. In the end we settled on cute little badges, which we had personalised for every guest. It was a good ice breaker and a good way for the guests to get to know each other.
Tip 2: If you’re struggling with the favours, think of something that represents you as a couple. At a recent wedding, we were all given Kinder Eggs as the groom had proposed with the ring hidden in one. Ahhh!
Weddings can be a long day in heels, so to make sure our guests danced all night long, we provided flip-flops to rest their tired feet. Our guests were so thankful for these, and practically everyone on the dance floor was wearing them!
Tip 3: Look after your guests and they will love you for it! As our wedding was approaching summer, the guests were delighted to take the flip-flops home.
I’ve saved the best ‘til last, and to cut a long story short, my husband and I met over a lost shoe! It was inevitable that the shoe was brought up in the speeches, so we planned for a huge ice sculpture of the missing shoe to be waiting for us at the evening party. The ice shoe doubled as a vodka luge which our guests did not leave alone all night! The drinks were flowing and we had an amazing night of dancing and laughter.
Tip 4: Not all of your guests will know how you met, so try and include this in your day, even if it’s funnier than it is romantic!