QUICK AND EASY WEDDING-DAY DETAILS
You don’t need a ton of time (or money) to make your big day truly memorable—not only for you but for your friends and loved ones, too. Here are some easy ways to bring the magic.
Every party host knows to offer drinks as people arrive. Do the same at your ceremony, and have your caterer set out lemonade, iced tea, and water for pre-vows sipping.
Paper fans or parasols will go a long way toward keeping everyone cool on a hot day. You can choose from hundreds of ready-made options at an online retailer like saveoncrafts.com.
Hiring transportation to shuttle guests to and fro? Deck out their ride with novelty party favors and a personalized Spotify soundtrack you’ve shared with the driver.
The welcome bag is a workhorse when it comes to making outof-towners feel special. Fill yours with regional tokens—think barbecue sauce in Texas or maple candies in Vermont.
Ask your caterer or coordinator to put out a few high-top tables during the cocktail hour—it’s hard to socialize when there’s no place to set down your gin and tonic and bite-size grilled cheese.
Stock up on affordable photo frames. Use them to hold everything from table markers to descriptions of cocktails at the bar to the placard asking guests to sign your guest book.
No bathroom attendant? Add a pampering touch by setting out baskets or trays with hair spray, breath mints, bobby pins, lotions, and blotting papers in the restrooms.
Two words: group photo. If you have a manageable number of guests (say, 75 or fewer), have your photographer wrangle an overhead shot after the ceremony.
Speaking of photos, encourage snap-happy guests (before and after the ceremony) by creating a hashtag. Print it on signs or have your DJ announce it.
Give them something to talk about—and chuckle over. Include fun facts and trivia about you and your groom in programs or on the tables for dinner.
Flip-flops aren’t just for beach nuptials. They also offer relief after hours of dancing. Buy a stack of cheapies and put them near the dance floor.
Cater to the kids in the crowd with puzzles, coloring books, or games at their seats. They (and their parents) will thank you.
If anyone else is celebrating a special day (a birthday or anniversary), give them a sweet shout-out with a note in your program or a song dedication from the DJ.
Mingle! You’re the ones they came to see. Make sure you drop by every table at dinner as a couple, and speak to everyone at least once.
Sometime during the evening, grab the mic with your new spouse and say a few words to thank your parents and guests.