Your wedding day will be one of the most special days in your whole life. It symbolises the joining of two families and is a joyous love-filled celebration for you and your nearest and dearest. While you don’t need to go overboard in terms of planning to have a great time, there are some small details you can add to make the day even more memorable.
If you’re looking from some inspiration for adding a little something extra to your wedding, consider these 5 small touches.
Create stylish invitations
Your wedding invitations are the first time your guests will get hint at the style of your wedding, so don’t miss the opportunity to get creative and impress them. It may pay to enlist the expertise of a printing company or wedding stationery company to create beautiful custom designed invitations with luxury materials, detailing, cut-outs and embossing.
2. Amp up the entertainment
Music is, of course, one of most important components of any wedding, but there are other ways you can create entertainment and fun for your guests. For example, a photobooth with props is great fun and another way that you can create memories to cherish. You could also add disposable cameras to each table during the wedding breakfast so that your guests can get some candid shots, and you can get them developed on a later date.
You can also create entertainment for children, such as ball games, treasure hunts, hide and seek and board games, especially if your wedding is set outdoors or has access to a garden.
3. Plan key shots
To ensure that you get all the shots you want on your big day, create a key shot list with the photographer ahead of the date. You may even take the photographer to the venue before the big day arrives so that they can scout out locations, and this will also mean less time is wasted on the day of the wedding. One shot that will surely earn its place in a frame on top of your mantelpiece is the confetti shot.
Chances are that you are paying top dollar for your wedding photographer, and your wedding day is once-in-a-lifetime, so don’t be afraid to be demanding with the shots that you want.
4. Let your guests curate the playlist
Creating a wedding playlist is, for many couples, a difficult task. This is because music holds such an important place in the overall success of a wedding day; good music will get your guests onto the dance floor and make the whole affair more memorable.
Your wedding reception playlist should include lots of well-known songs to encourage a party atmosphere. Popular wedding reception songs include:
- “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
- “Take On Me” – a-ha
- “Love On Top” – Beyoncé
- “Mr Brightside” – The Killers
- “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
- “Dancing Queen” – ABBA
- “ABC” – The Jackson 5
- “Uptown Funk” – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
- “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Whitney Houston
- “Single Ladies” – Beyoncé
- “Hey, Ya!” – OutKast
- “…Baby One More Time” – Britney Spears
- “One Step Beyond” – Madness
- “Lose Yourself To Dance” – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams
- “How Deep Is Your Love” – Calvin Harris, Disciples
- “Work” – Rihanna, Drake
- “Kiss” – Prince
- “Shut Up And Dance” – WALK THE MOON
- “Feel The Love” – Rudimental, John Newman
- “What Makes You Beautiful” – One Direction
- “Africa” – Toto
- “Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
- “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
- “Crazy In Love” – Beyoncé
- “Don’t Stop Believing” – Journey
- “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke, T.I. Pharrell Williams
- “Summer Nights” – Grease
- “Gold Digger” – Kanye West, Jamie Foxx
- “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
- “Get Lucky” – Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers
- “Never Gonna Give You Up” – Rick Astley
- “Hips Don’t Lie” – Shakira, Wyclef Jean
- “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” – The Darkness
- “Crazy In Love” – Beyoncé
If you’re still unsure what to put on your wedding playlist, ask each of your guests to name a song that will get them on the dancefloor. This way, you’ll be sure that your guests will enjoy the music enough to get up and dance.
5. Hire a live band
If you really want to make your wedding day special, you should hire a live band to play during your reception. A live band ups the ante of any occasion, creating an intimate and unique atmosphere that a DJ cannot match. And, contrary to misconception, a professional live band can play all manner of songs and genres, and produce some impressive renditions of popular songs. If there is a debate on whether you should choose a live band or a DJ for your wedding, don’t think that a live band can’t do as much as a DJ can.
What’s more, when you hire a top quality live band you have the opportunity to tailor it to include the vocals and instruments that you like best. For example, if you wanted a violinist in Sydney, paired with male vocals and a double bassist, you can. The components you can choose from include: male vocalist, female vocalist, keyboardist, violinist, saxophonist and double bassist. You can also choose how many pieces to have in the band – e.g. solo vocals and guitar, two-piece band, three-piece band, four-piece band, five-piece band, six-piece band, seven-piece band and eight-piece band. Naturally, the more pieces in a band the more expensive it will be to hire, so if you’re budget conscious you may opt for a smaller band.
Planning your wedding is incredibly exciting but is a large task. This means that it’s all too easy to focus on the big picture – the venue, the dress, the food, etc. – and forget about the small touches that make it truly memorable for both you and your guests.
By thinking of the small additional details, your wedding will go above and beyond and will go down in history. Congratulations!