Here are some highlights from weddings I’ve attended:
-personal ceremonies where the bride & groom speak directly to each other with something they have written or selected themselves (I want to have a good cry!)
-one friend hung strings of photos of the couple through the years which was really cute and fun to look through during the reception
-a great location where guests can stay on site (one wedding was at an amazing inn/vineyard and we had the best time all weekend since it was so cozy and fun and that great vibe carried over to the wedding)
-good food (of course!). I find appetizers particularly memorable (one had a sweet potato samosa I’m still thinking about)
-I love a pre-ceremony glass of champagne!
-overall a laid back, chill vibe without too many prescribed activities for guests is great
I also had my wedding this year. Of course I think it was awesome, but here are some things guests have mentioned specifically. While I assume people are just saying it, lots have said it was one of the most fun weddings they have been to. I’ll take it! 🙂
-the venue was a small hotel where some guests stayed plus the event space is spacious and overlooks a waterfall. We had some rain so did everything inside but it cleared up so guests could get photos and hang out on the grounds during cocktail hour. Many guests have complimented me on the space and noted how beautiful it was there.
-booze! (A given!)
-I did a surprise choreographed dance with the groomsmen that went over well.
-food has been mentioned a lot (particularly these fried Brussels sprouts during cocktail hour. Random!)
-fun DJ, people said he seemed to really get the crowd and flow of the night
-we did a dance with me and my Father-In-Law and my husband and my mom together since they were left out of the father-daughter mother-son dances and people mentioned that it was a nice touch
-our ceremony was written by us so it was very unique and personal. It also had a lot of humor (I was nervous it would fall flat but we actually did get laughs!). We have gotten the most comments on the ceremony with other friends saying they hoped they could match ours, etc., and others saying it was nice to see something new and personal since they have seen many standard ceremonies in the past.
-overall we made a big point of focusing on family and the importance of family throughout the event and many people commented on how nice they thought that was.
-we served bar food at the after party and everyone seemed psyched, and people have mentioned that to me since as something they really liked
Anyway, I think my takeaway is just to make it as personal to you and your fiancé as you can, while creating a fun atmosphere for family and friends to eat and drink with you! Trying to make it the best wedding your guests have been to is probably too stressful (and likely not possible) so just focus on making it a great day that YOU would want to be a part of.