WOW factor!!!

posted 3 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
147 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Hired an ice cream truck to give out free ice cream to guests after the ceremony.

Lovely pick-up before the cocktail hour and the perfect thing for a hot Saturday afternoon.

People loved it.

Also became a great prop to take photos with.

Post # 4
11607 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We had a pretty over-the-top formal wedding, in a really really fancy, amazing venue.  Other than that, I didn’t worry about a “wow factor.”  In the end, the day was perfect for me, and I don’t need to do a lot of kitschy things to try to make people remember the wedding after the fact.  They’ll remember they had a good time, good food, good merriment, and a good atmosphere.

FWIW, I think paint by numbers sounds like something I’d do at a child’s birthday party, not a wedding.  I think the ice cream bar and wine tours sound really cool and somewhat different, though. 

As for the live artist, isn’t that more for you in the end?  A friend did this, and it was just a guy set up in the middle of everything painting away.  He wasn’t in the way, persay, but it was strange, as a guest.

Post # 5
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@younglady:  I love the icecream truck idea!!!!!

Post # 6
1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would want the ice cream truck before the ceremony because I arrive earlyband weddings alwaysbstart late.


I would want a cartoon artist to create a portrait for myself. Standing behind an artist watching them ncreate a scape for you would hold my attention for a few seconds.


If you are having that big of a gap between ceremony and cocktail hour I would be happy to take a wine vineyard tour. But, wine tasting is always more fun.

Eta: Caricature…that’s it.

Post # 7
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@kayjay612:  we had an ice cream bar, our centerpieces were also awesome, and the DJ, everyone kept talking about how much fun they had, and I could tell bc our dance floor was packed the whole night. I am so thrilled that not only did my husband and I have fun, but our guests did too.

Post # 9
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@kayjay612:  Honestly, as a guest I would be a little put off by a paint by number. First, because they can take a really long time and I’d rather be talking with friends/family that sitting at a table doing a craft. Second, you said something about being worried people would add their own touch. That would also make me feel like I’d have pressure on me to do it perfectly to the couple’s liking or something..

Post # 10
64 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@kayjay612:  We are having fireworks to end the night. We have a 15 minute display going off that will match up to music being played. We also have 2 food trucks coming for people to enjoy while they watch (one full of candy, donuts/coffee, and  pastries) and the other is going to have short order cooks making breakfast sandwishes, burgers, hot dogs- basically drunk snacky food) Can’t wait!!

Post # 11
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@kayjay612:  We got married at a local brewery and did a brewery tour as our ‘cocktail hour’. Pretty much everyone participated, except our grandparents and parents. Granted we had 25 people at our reception, and the majority were beer drinkers. And it was a free add on so cost was not a factor. I would personally enjoy a winery tour. How much does it cost?

Post # 11
1214 posts
Bumble bee

Don’t know if these are wow but my daughter had beautiful sequin linens, a sparkly photo tree, and a fire pit on the outdoor balcony. She also had a flip book station.  The guests loved it!  It was fun to do and fun to watch other people do it.

Post # 12
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Ice cream bar…..all. the.way!!!  if I were you.  We’re not having a WOW factor

Post # 13
73 posts
Worker bee

I’m in Texas…. A mechanical bull lol! 

Post # 14
458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

kayjay612:  I agree with abbie017:   I’m planning to focus on making the fundamental aspects of a wedding as well executed as possible. Too often those ‘extra’ things, to me, seem just that, extraneous. 

Post # 15
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

We are having an outdoor, Lake side wedding and have arranged a surprise champagne boat trip around the lake for our guests while we go off and get some photos taken. Everyone will then arrive at our reception venue by boat.

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