If there was ever an occasion in your life when it’s OK to be a little extra, your wedding is it. Your wedding is your opportunity to go big, stand out, and create an unforgettable experience for yourself, your partner, and your family and friends—if you want. However, you’re not the first couple to think that and in the age of social media, weddings may seem more elaborate and exciting than ever. If you want to make a statement on your big day, read on. Here are some tips to make your wedding stand out in the midst of wedding season.
If you’re having an afternoon or evening wedding, your guests will (of course) expect you to feed them dinner. After all the post-dinner fun and dancing, though, chances are, they’re going to be hungry all over again. So, why not surprise them with a late-night food surprise?
Lining up a post-dinner snack is a great way to give a little something extra to your guests—and make sure your wedding stands out as the most delicious and satisfying of the season. Ask your wedding caterer if they offer classic late-night snack additions like sliders or churros—or, if you want to go the extra mile, hire a local food truck to swing by towards the end of your wedding and open shop for your guests before they head home.
Most wedding favors are decorated with wedding-specific details. And while that’s certainly lovely on your wedding day, chances are, your wedding guests aren’t going to regularly rock a tote bag or a beer koozie that’s branded with you and your partner’s name or your wedding date and location. Consider how often you’ve done this with other couple’s wedding favors.
Give your guests a wedding favor they’ll actually use—one that isn’t plastered with your wedding details. It’s a surefire way to both stand out and impress your guests. And, ironically, because not including your wedding date or other details on your wedding favors will help you stand out from other weddings, your guests are more likely to remember your wedding favor at the end of the season. They’ll be using your favor, after all.
If you have a crew that loves to party, they’re going to want to keep the party going long after the reception is over. So, give the people what they want. If the time, space, and budget allows, throwing an after-party is a great way to stand out—and make sure your guests continue to have fun well into the morning hours. See if there are any bars in the area that can accommodate a large crowd—or, if you live locally (and don’t mind hosting), have your guests over for a post-wedding soiree at your home.
You’re probably already planning to create a wedding hashtag. If you really want your wedding to stand out, make sure you have the #instaworthy moments to go along with it. Stage different areas of your venue for Instagram photos. It’s a great way to encourage your guests to snap fun images and share them.
Look for areas that will make for a great photo opportunity (like a vintage sitting area or a gorgeous garden), add a sign with your wedding hashtag, and make it look so gorgeous and Instagrammable, your guests won’t be able to stop themselves from snapping a photo.
Many couples with out-of-town guests create wedding welcome bags—so the concept on it’s own isn’t super original. Highly personalized welcome bags, though—that’s a different story. If you have a manageable number of welcome bags to assemble (let’s say 25 or less), personalizing each bag is a great way to make your guests feel special—and ensure your wedding is one they’ll remember.
Does your grandma have a thing for caramel corn? Make sure to include a few different local varieties in her welcome bag. Does your cousin love craft beer? Pick up a sampler from a local brewery and throw a few mini bottles into their welcome bag. Instead of generic items, think about who your guests are and what they love—and then build each of their welcome bags around that.
Photo booths can be a really fun way to engage with your guests and make sure everyone has a photo memory of your wedding. If you plan to have a photo booth, give it an out-of-the-box theme. Most weddings will employ the same standard photo booth props. Stand out with something different.
If there’s a certain theme that speaks to you, your spouse, and your relationship, incorporate it into your photo booth. If you’re obsessed with Game of Thrones, hang all the house banners as your photo backdrop and have a few dragon props for your guests to pose with. If you love Harry Potter, make sure your guests have plenty of wands and robes for their pictures. If you and your partner love all things Halloween, make sure your props and backdrops are spooky.
There are a ton of different ways you can make your wedding stand out during wedding season. But remember—the thing that’s going to stand out the most is how happy your guests are to celebrate your “I do’s” with you.