Other than that, here are 5 realistic ways to wow your guests and keep them talking about your wedding
Make normally flat things, like your seating chart, 3D. This couple took something as simple as a seating chart and made it part of the decorations.
Another easy thing to do, is to use cake/cupcake stands and plates that are different heights and widths to display your appetizers. Ask your caterer if this is something they have on hand. If they do and it doesn’t clash with your look, it can save you money. If not, you can either disguise their ugly ones with cloth napkins that match your colors, or you can find some rather inexpensive ones online. However, if you love the eclectic look, hit up your local flea markets and garage sales.
A lot of DJs are really pushing uplighting these days. In case you are not familiar, uplights are like little colored (usually to match your wedding colors) spot lights situated around the perimeter of the room on the floor. They cast light up the wall drawing your eye up from the tables and makes the room less bare. This is helpful in those venues with white walls. However . . .
DIY Tip: For rustic looking venues, the colored uplights might get distorted on darker or wooden walls. I recommend winding white Christmas lights around columns, ceiling beams, and the perimeter of the room. If this sounds like something you want to do, make sure to stock up during the after Christmas sales.
DIY Tip: Have a friend or two that just had a baby? The various sizes of baby food jars, once you remove the label, are perfect for tea lights. You can paint them, tie a ribbon around, add glitter, or just leave them as they are.
A lot of time is usually spent on the guest tables, and it should be. Your guest will be eating and socializing there for a couple hours. So the centerpieces to the napkin colors should be well thought out and bring out the wedding’s theme, but don’t forget to decorate the other tables like the cake/dessert table, gift table, guestbook table, and of course the bar. These too need some pizazz. This can be as easy as making extra or similar centerpieces for these tables, adding some votive candles or making coordinating signs/banners for each of these areas.
There are so many new things people are doing these days with weddings. If you think a “staple” wedding element is boring, there are a ton of creative alternatives out there.
Instead of having a guestbook that we would never look at again, my husband and I decided to do something more meaningful. My family has a thanksgiving tradition in which every year we write what we are thankful for on this table cloth, sign it and write the year. We decided to mimic that tradition. We bought a tablecloth, laid it over a table and as people entered they could use the sharpies we provided and write a little note to us. It was personal, and people loved that we incorporated a part of a family tradition. The tablecloth is something we will use every year on our anniversary.
Whether you have head table or a romantic sweetheart table, use it to make a statement. This should be the focal point in the room, with you and your significant other at the center. Add some signage, throw in a statement table cloth (I rented mine), maybe some curtains to frame it in if you can. You don’t want a huge centerpiece, but a simple centerpiece that won’t cover your faces is ideal. It is your day, you deserve the attention, and your guests will be oohing and ahhing from the moment they walk in the door.