A lot of the time, articles about wedding planning focus on the big things like the venue, dress, and transport. While these are all important aspects of planning your wedding, the small details are just as important. Often, it’s the smaller aspects of a wedding that are harder to get sorted. Especially, when you want to ensure that your wedding is as memorable as possible. So today, I am going to share with you all my best tips and tricks for getting the smaller details of your wedding day spot on.
Save-the-dates & invitations
This is, without a doubt, one of the most important areas of planning a wedding. Your save-the-dates and invitations are what give your guests an idea of what to expect from your wedding. That’s why it’s so important that you get them right. Both your save-the-dates and invitations need to link to your wedding theme in some way. For example, if you’re planning a vintage wedding, these classic and vintage wedding invitations would be ideal. Finding stationary that links to your big day in some way is essential. You can find inspiration for this on sites like Instagram and We Heart It.
Bridal hair and makeup
For us girls, this is one of the most important aspects of the day. Your wedding photos will be around for many years to come, so it’s essential that you love how you look in them. From your dress to your hair, every aspect needs to be perfect. While you can do your makeup yourself, it’s best to hire a professional as they know what makeup to use to make you look best in the photos. Some makeup can cause flashback, making you look pale and washed out. As for your hair, it’s best to hire a hairstylist to ensure that your do stays in and looks good all day long.
The buttonholes & bouquet
Your buttonholes and bouquet need to match each other. Obviously, the buttonholes are much smaller than the bouquet, but they still need to match in some way. To get ideas and inspiration for your buttonholes and bouquet have a browse online. It’s important to choose blooms that are in season at the time of your wedding and will stay looking good throughout the day. While you could make your buttonholes and bouquet yourself, if you want to ensure that they look beautiful, it’s best to hire a florist.
The decorations & lighting
Getting the decorations and lighting just right is important, as this will have a big impact on the look and feel of your venue. The good news is, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you can make most of your decorations yourself. Of course, you can buy them, but wedding decorations can be expensive. So often, it’s best to make them yourself. The most important thing when it comes to your decorations is that they match the theme of your big day and make your venue look beautiful. As for your lighting, instead of opting for harsh overhead lighting, go for something softer. A venue with a soft glow has an inviting and romantic vibe and resembles the look created by candlelight. What could be more romantic than that?
Tradition dictates that when your guests arrive at your reception, they should be greeted with champagne. It’s nice to offer your guests a drink on arrival, but it doesn’t have to be champagne – get creative. Whether you opt to serve custom made cocktails or fruity milkshakes, it doesn’t matter. There’s nothing wrong with getting imaginative – choose drinks that you and your partner love.
Traditionally, the wedding breakfast was a sit-down affair, where a three-course meal would be served. Today, however, that doesn’t have to be the case, you can choose to do your food however you like. Some couples like the idea of a sit-down meal while others prefer to do something different. It’s important that the food you serve matches your wedding theme, but that’s the only stipulation you have to meet. Be it a hog roast or a steak dinner, you can choose whatever food you like. For smaller budgets, a buffet or selection of cold meats, pickles, and cheese and biscuits can be a good option. For a casual affair, burger and chips can make a great meal. It’s your wedding – choose whatever food you want.
Last but not least, it’s time to talk favours. When your guests go home, it’s nice to give them a little something to thank them for attending. Traditionally, this was sugared almonds. Today, however, it can be just about anything. Whatever the favour is that you offer your guests, aim to make it fun and unique. From mini bottles of cocktails to flavoured popcorn, your favours can be just about anything. Get creative and have fun with them.
Hopefully, these tips will help you to ensure that your wedding is as magical as you imagined it would be.