Tuesday, September 6, 2016

10 “Ways to WOW” Wedding Details

When thinking of standing out in a sea of similar weddings, look no further.  We’ve surely got you covered with the top 10 “ways to wow” wedding details, guaranteed to knock the socks off your guests.


1.  Arrival Cocktails

I know it sounds silly, but even an infused water beverage (think spa water), a mimosa (for brunch style weddings), a champagne (for evening weddings) or a nice glass of sparkling cider is sure to be a hit.   As guests arrive via valet, or walking into the venue, a greeting with a butler passed cocktail makes your guests feel special, and gets them in the mood for a relaxed ceremony.
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2.  Beverage “Station” Bars

While on the topic of cocktails, why not “wow” your guests with something different than the standard open bar.  These beverage bar ideas are starting to become trendy for weddings and bridal showers alike.  They can include alcohol or an option for those who would rather stick to a non-alcoholic beverage.  Below are our top 10 ideas!
·      Mimosa Bar
·      Bourbon Bar
·      Craft Beer Bar
·      Bloody Mary Bar
·      Sangria/Prosecco Bar
·      Lemonade Bar
·      Iced Tea Bar
·      Infused Water Bar
·      Juice Bar
·      Hot Cocoa Bar
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(http://www.planyourperfectwedding.com/gallery/receptions/25-genius-wedding-ideas-pinterest/17284)


3.  Midnight Snacks

Surprise your guests with a midnight snack or “aftertizer”.  Here are some great ideas for options, sweet and savory!
·      Food trucks
·      Donuts in a bag
·      Mini sliders, pizzas, grilled cheese points, hot dogs and fry shooters
·      Cookies and milk
·      Pancakes and syrup
·      Popcorn
·      Chicken and waffle bites
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(http://www.brit.co/late-night-wedding-snacks/)


4.  Fun Transportation

Offer your guest some local fun transportation in style.  Trolleys, electronic carts, charter boats, buses, horse and carriage.  The options are endless!  Keep them on their toes, and arriving on time and in fashion.
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(http://www.mollystrolleys.com)


5.  Social-ize

Bring your social media to life, and invite your guests in to take photos and capture fun memories from their eyes.  Place your social media hashtag at fun spots like the bar, the candy buffet, the DJ booth, the gift or guestbook table.  You can even have your band or DJ announce it in the opening announcements.  Always fun to spend your honeymoon looking through all the fun photos that your family and friends took.
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6.  Hospitality Boxes

Welcoming guests to your wedding is of utmost importance, as most travel from other states/countries to attend your event.  It is only proper to greet them accordingly.  A kit full of some decent sized waters, custom soaps, a few snacks, a bride and groom favorite, along with a personalized welcome note and itinerary would be practical and perfect!
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7.  To-go parting gifts

Instead of a typical inexpensive wedding favor like a bell or a glass coaster, why not send your guests away with a fun, memorable treat like a mini emergency or hangover kit?  Here are some ideas to place inside of them:
·      Visine
·      Mini bottles of Advil
·      Airborne packets
·      Emergen-C packets
·      Band aids
·      Bloody mary mix
·      Small vodka bottle
·      Personalized sunglasses
·      Hangover pills
·      Ginger ale
·      Tums
·      Gatorade
·      Pepto Bismol
·      Protein Bars
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8.  Hire a babysitter/host games for the kids

Hire a few babysitters based on your guest count of those with children. Utilize a room close to the reception space so that parents can pop in on their children often throughout the long evening.  Make sure you have a cute basket of snacks, a few fun DVD’s or portable DVD player, some board games, and crafts.  If you have an outdoor space, you can even host a fun relay of games for the kids (tiring them out), and then have a back up room for them to relax.  Parents will love you!
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9.  Secret singers/musician

Have you ever been to a ceremony where random secret musicians or singers popped up in the crowd of guests and sang to the bride and groom; awed the people?  This is an ideal surprise for large weddings.  Think of the movie Love Actually--having a group of musicians/singers serenade you and your new spouse to the tune of your most favorite songs.  You can even have them seated in the reception as guests and secretly have them pop up during a silent time, possibly during first or main course and croon for your crowd.  What a memorable small secret suggestion that will be spoken about for years to come!
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(personal photo, Simply Couture Weddings)


10. Setup reception with pre-planned necessities

Forecasted rain?  Have umbrellas ready on site. Forecasted swell of heat? Have fans and parasols ready. Forecasted freezing temps?  Have pashminas ready.  Always prepare early, and wow your guests with items already thought of to ease their minds, and make you the superstar couple.  Here are some great details guaranteed to impress:
  • Bug wipes
  • Sunscreen bottles
  • Restroom emergency kits
  • Flip flops for the dance floor
  • Slippers upon exiting
  • Tissue packets for ceremony
  • Mini water bottles for warm ceremony locations
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Simply Couture Weddings is an award-winning boutique event planning firm located in Palm Beach, Florida, specializing in the art of detail.  Their premium featured work has been published in many publications and online blogs, including the popular Style Me Pretty blog, Munaluchi Bride and Trendy Bride magazines, and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style.  They have been awarded for The Knot’s Best Of Weddings in 2013, 2014, and 2015.  Their genuine devotion for their clients is something that sets them apart in the overwhelming wedding industry.  
www.simplycoutureweddings.com

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