Post # 1
2 months til my big day! Ahhhh! Time is moving sooo fast.
i would love to know what little extras you are adding to your reception to make it even more memorable for yourself and your guests. Some of the things I am working on are:
– washroom hospitaliTy baskets
-bride and groom signature cocktails
– one fireplace mantle with pictures of loved ones who have passed away
– another mantle with photos of the bride and groom rom childhood to adulthood (good for laughs!)
What other details would enhance the day in your opinion? Let me know what you’re adding to your own special day 🙂
Post # 2
Toronto2014: We’re doing welcome bags for our guests, programs that explain the ceremony (many of the people coming have never been to a Jewish ceremony), signs explaining things (sparkler send off time, taxi numbers for those who’ve had too much to drink, etc.)
Post # 3
I’m doing washroom baskets as well. 🙂 I love them, and always end up uding them at weddings! Such a great idea and much appreciated.
– I’m doing pictures up the aisle of both of us growing up, then pictures of us together at the end leading to us. It’s to signify us starting our new life together.
– On top of the mantle around the fireplace at the reception we are putting pictures of people from both sides of the family on their wedding day.
– I am DIY-ing a ton of personalized signs to go with our day and go at our stations. (Chili bar, S’mores bar, dessert bar)
– Personalized napkins with re-occuring ‘best day ever’ theme. (I know it’s cheesey, but I love it!)
– My FI is really into wood working, he’s making a ton of stuff plus our wedding bands! It’ll be special because he’s making them out of the same piece of wood so when they are placed next to each other the grain will flow into the next. It’s very special for us.
Plus TONS of other stuff. We’re DIY-ing so much of our wedding so it’s allowing us to do a bunch of personal touches. I hope it all comes together!
Post # 4
winterwoodlandbride15: Wow! You are definitely going all out on the special extra touches 🙂 I think your idea to put pictures along the aisle is incredibly sweet and original (at least I haven’t seen it done before!). Good luck with all your DIY projects!
Post # 5
- I gave the ladies at my bach party (about 1/4 of the wedding) or those who couldn’t make it, but had helped a lot, a silver bracelet
- a welcome party the day before the wedding w/the groom’s favorite dessert & beverages & apps
- welcome bags with food & itineraries
- a polaroid camera (new not old school) photo guest book
- cute, inexpensive fans on the ceremony chairs (it was hot)
- a receiving line of just us 2 so we could hug everybody & take pics
- individual names on each menu at each seat
- personalized notes handwritten (in our horrible writing) from one of us to each guest at their reception seats
- inexpensive shawls & slippers from chinatown for 1/4 of the guests (in a tub, we did fewer than 1/2 the women so none would be wasted)
- special time for ladies’ shots & then shots for the groom & the guys (wine & beer venue only)
- semi-impromptu pool party at the end
- late-night snacks (fries, grilled cheese, pannins, pizzas)
- some of our engagement pics were at cocktail hour tables and w/guestbook
- all of our invitations, escort cards/favors, etc included something personalized in (someone else’s nice) handwriting
I’ve had a few guests mention each of those things above & how much they liked them & how it gave a more personal touch. except nobody’s mentioned the photo guestbook (which is fine & makes sense- that is more for us to enjoy now instead of something “nice” for guests)
Post # 6
I’m a year away but my fiancé and his family are very involved in their culture, which is Ukrainian. I hired professional Ukraine dancers to do a wedding dance for us and our guest.