You’re getting married! So fun. But crazy, too. It’s easy to get sucked into the wedding vortex and lose personal style under endless plans. You want your wedding day to be unique, joyful, memorable—just like the love you’re in. Fortunately, there are special twists to make your big day personal for you and the guests who know and love you both. The only hard part is deciding which to use!
Offer a big-kids play station where guests paint on a large canvas instead of (or in addition to) signing a guest book. Hire an artist to oversee the operation, provide the paints, and facilitate some order in the creative process. And how cute will guests be in those loaner painter’s smocks?
Create a custom Instagram or Twitter hashtag (of course there’s a hashtag generator that can help with that) so your crew will insta-send pics into one easy-to-find location. Invest in a few selfie-sticks and hand them out to snap happy friends. Your wedding posse will capture the glorious chaos of the late night dance party.
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Tuck Into Tacos
If you’re over formal affairs, try street food at its finest. An outdoor grill or food truck is a first-class dining experience for guests. A professional taco (or gyro, or crepe) team brings all the goods, you just kick back and look cool. Food is cooked to order, then guests have a table full of toppings to garnish as they wish. It’s playful, makes for fabulous photos, and keeps catering costs low.
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Photo Booth Magic
A photo booth at a wedding party is a must-have. Guests are entertained and you have lasting memories. The best part is customizing props to your event. Planning a rustic-themed wedding? Play up the Wild West with lassos and cowboy hats. Going dreamy bohemian? Have Stevie Nicks scarves and old LPs as props.
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A quick sketch artist keeps revelers entertained and—more importantly—provides a meaningful keepsake from your special day. Caricatures don’t have to be over-the-top. Ask to keep renderings simple and classy—unless your tipsy friend requests to be riding a trike holding a balloon. Either way, your love will live on fridges forever.
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How about (temporary) wedding tattoos that bridge you and your partner’s hands? The design becomes complete when you place your hands together at the ceremony. Or have an artist paint quick designs at the reception. Your grandpa will look amazing with a henna tattoo.
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Ditch the formal first dance! It’s your wedding, so it’s totally acceptable to make maids and groomsmen learn a choreographed dance routine. Imagine bursting through the wedding reception doors to your favorite song, a line of backup dancers behind you. The videos will be priceless.
Cotton Candy Machine
Why settle for just one dessert? After the perfect wedding cake, bust out the good stuff for the party. A cotton candy machine looks too sweet when serving up spun sugar in your wedding theme colors. The photo ops will be to die for.
Customized Wedding Touches
Little touches make the day sweeter for you. Engrave a special set of silverware for you and your partner to dine with and then keep forever. Customize candy with your wedding date or a cute photo of you two. Serve specialized cocktails in take home mason jars that are imprinted with your names. For wedding party gifts, give cool sneakers specially embroidered with your date. An event planner can help you craft and amazing theme for the who event.
However you do it, add a touch of you to the affair. This is the day of a lifetime, live it up!