What do you remember most about the weddings you have attended? While the food, and the dancing, and the music all come to mind, the first part of a wedding that most people notice is the colors, the wedding theme, the decorations. Before you plan your wedding, you will want to sit down and decide what you want your wedding to look like, and what you want your guests to see when they walk in. What colors will they see? Will they be overwhelmed with flowers, or struck by your ceremony’s simplicity?
Many times, the groom may be reluctant to sit down and discuss the small details of flowers, bunting, dress colors, placement of the unity candle, or other items: he may be satisfied to just show up in his tuxedo for pictures. However, since both of you will look back on this day later as one of the most important in your lives, it is important for you two to discuss as much as possible together. Your mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers will also have some ideas to contribute to the discussion. After a while, you should be able to come up with a general theme for your wedding to reflect.
After you have selected your theme, the next decision is what colors to use. You can even order your invitations and linens to match the colors of your bridesmaid dresses and floral arrangements. Centerpieces can be highlighted with flower arrangements, necklaces, seashells, bracelets, even confetti. Two things that are fashionable at this time are bowls of flowers and small candles floating in water. These candles come in many shapes, including fruit pieces, butterflies, dolphins, and birds. Even the round wedding votive candles can make a lasting impression on your guests. Don’t forget to round out your reception tables with the right linens. Round tables are better than rectangular ones for getting your guests to talk to each other and enjoy themselves while you and your spouse are circulating the room, greeting everyone.
There are other unique ways to establish the mood of your wedding and reception. Many people put disposable cameras at each table as part of the wedding decoration and also to server as favors – and allowing guests to take pictures that the professional photographer might miss. If you have your best man, maid of honor, or some other guests share stories about you that can be a way for the whole group to get to know you two a little better. Now that rice is no longer thrown at most weddings, there are many creative things to do when the couple leaves: bubbles can be blown, real birds or butterflies can be released into the air, or even real birdseed can be thrown. Does your family still have some photographs that go back several generations? You can place these around the room as conversation pieces.
Your wedding day may well be the most memorable day of your life. It only takes one or two creative suggestions to make your wedding one of the most memorable that your guests have attended as well.