(Closed) Whats your WOW factor!?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 17
4886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ring warming, wine box ceremony, string quartet covering alternative music, interesting favors, delicious food, fauxto “booth”, GORGEOUS venue, and my crowning glory:  a custom paint by number we’re having made for our guests to paint as the night goes on.


Paint by number:

Post # 18
2050 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Miss. Snowball: You get extra points for the Stargate replica. So very cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

@KristenGotMarried: What a wonderfully unique idea to have a paint by number for your guests! May I ask what is the image to be painted? Are you an artist? How did you come up with the idea? ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Hay rides.

Post # 20
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

@KristenGotMarried: a paint by number picture is a genius idea. what made you come up with it?

Post # 21
3314 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I think our wow factors were the things we had at our reception that were just plain *us*.  Like our wedding cake:


And our centerpieces:


People also got a huge kick out of our guestbook pages:

Post # 22
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


we are having those too (as long as it doesn’t rain)

OP: not really wows in wedding blog-land but none of our guests will have seen many of the ‘details’.

-faux-to-booth (but extra fax, because we aren’t really building anything and just plan on having a back drop)

-cupcakes & dessert buffet

-location (river bank!)


Post # 23
5091 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Our reception is going to be a masquerade ball.

…That being said, several of my friends went to another masquerade ball wedding a few years ago.  I barely knew the couple, so I didn’t.  It’s kind of a shame that ours won’t be the first, but I know the vast majority of our guests will think it’s a very unique idea that will make them go “WOW!”

Post # 24
7693 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think our venue alone was pretty “wow” but the biggest thing was our sparkler departure by boat.

Post # 25
3482 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

It wasn’t even intentional, because we wrote them for each other, not for the enjoyment of the guests, but apparently everyone really loved our personalized vows. During cocktail hour we got pretty much swarmed by tearful people telling us how moved they were by our ceremony wording.

Post # 26
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

1. Our venue. Seriously, it makes everyone swoon. It was rated one of the 10 most romantic B&Bs in the country.

2. Our ceremony. The bells, handfasting, and ring warming are all things that none of our guests have ever seen before.

3. Dinner and drinks. The food is amazing and each course is offered with hand selected wine and beer pairings.

4. The feasting table. Think Hogwarts Great hall filled with sparkling candle light and white gloved service. Our goal is for each guest to feel completely indulged.

Post # 27
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

All of these are awesome ideas… I am also struggling with this. I think one thing that is WOW is our cake. We are actually having a cake buffet made up of 5 smaller cakes. They will all be decorated differently but have the same color ribbon to keep them similar. Also, each cake will be on a vintage cake plate borrowed from family members. ๐Ÿ™‚


Post # 28
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I dunno. Our wedding will be pretty laid back and basic. I’m WOWed that someone’s marrying me!

Post # 29
4335 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

This probably isn’t what you’re thinking of, but our “WOW” factor will be the music at our ceremony. We are both musicians, and we are going to have a VERY traditional and musically-oriented ceremony, with a choir, and tons of chant and latin, and everyone is going to walk away like, “wow, that was unlike any Mass I have ever been to…” And they will either think we are crazy, or else they will be reallly inspired! ๐Ÿ˜€

Post # 30
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@red_rose: I <3 chanting. It’s such a moving experience. if I didn’t think that some of Mr. LK’s family would be creeped by the experience, I’d totally do it. Hope yours turns out to be amazing!

Post # 31
340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think we had a few WOW factors that were fun:

1. Create your own Mojito bar during cocktail hour (in additional the regular bar) – my husband is cuban so this was a nice way to tie in his heratige. Guests could choose from a bunch of flavors.

2. Soft Pretzel cart – guests could grab a soft pretzel any time they wanted during the reception – or take some to go.

3. Fresh popped popcorn cart – again, guests could grab fresh popcord any time they wanted during the reception – or take some to go.

4. Scotch and Cigar bar – during the reception, we had a scotch and cigar bar. Guests could help themselves to a nice cigar and scotch – this was a huge hit.

5. Live band – this will break the budget a bit, but we loved having a live 10 piece band as opposed to a DJ. I think our guests enjoyed it as well.

6. Personal old wedding photos – we took the wedding photos of our parents, grandparents and great grandparents and had them nicely framed and displayed.

7. Trolleys to transport guests. Our wedding was not “destination” but the majority of our guests traveled in from out of town and stayed at the hotel where our wedding block was. We provided transportation to and from the wedding for all guests from the hotel to avoid drinking and driving. We used cute trolleys to transport guests.

8. Hotel welcome boxes. Due to the number of people we had staying at the hotel, we created boxes for each room with lots of snacks, bottled water and information about the area.

9. Meet and greet the night before the wedding. Our rehearsal was in the afternoon the day before the wedding, and given the amount of guests traveling from out of town, we hosted a meet and greet the night before at a bar next door to the hotel. From 7-9 we offered free drinks (full open bar) to all guests to come and visit with the bride and groom before the wedding. This gave us an extra opportunity to visit with family and friends that we hadn’t seen in awhile.

Hopeully this gives you some ideas.

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