(Closed) Whats your WOW factor!?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 32
4335 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@lovekiss: 🙂 thanks! (I’m suuuuuper excited!)

Post # 33
1767 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We’re having a faux-to booth as well, which no one around here has ever even heard of, so they’ll definitely remember it!

I’m also preparing to have the most epic cookie table in history. We’re talking at least 5,000 cookies. No joke.

Post # 34
244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Miss. Snowball: OMG, that’s awesome! I’ve always thought it would be awesome to get married in the Gate Room of Atlantis…isn’t that the perfect venue? Alas…the sets are all torn down….


I think our wow factor is the venue itself. The outdoor space is gorgeous. It’s in the middle of farm country in ohio, and it’s like walking through a corn field maze and suddenly finding yourself in the garden of eden. The reception is in the greenhouse, complete with koi pond, full grown hibiscus and eucalyptus trees and exotic (caged) birds. I think people will remember that the most.

Post # 35
4886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Cornflakegirl:  I saw this picture at the Hitched event on a blog and ran with it.  If you Google ‘custom paint by number’ there’s a lot of different options, including one I found on etsy.  We haven’t gotten our engagement pictures done yet, but I’m hoping we’ll find a good one in there to have made into this.  If not, maybe the picture of him proposing 🙂

Post # 36
551 posts
Busy bee

We had a carousel and our venue as a whole was pretty wow. Something I looked into, but couldn’t afford that I think is pretty wow- I have seen weddings where they hire painters who live paint an oil painting of the event.

Post # 37
3981 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our venue is pretty stunning. But for is I think it is the overall feel and look from the lighting to the centerpeices, the photobooth and our “guestbook” and seating cards. It all ties into our theatre feel and is definately a fun but classy look. Everything is tying in so well it is hard to just pick one thing!

Post # 38
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We’re having an 18-piece jazz band! So excited about that. 


Other wow factors:

– Mulled wine for signature drink

– crossword puzzle and trivia on the back of the menus at the dinner table (I always get so bored sitting there! Hoping it will be a good way to start conversation…)

– white chocolate placecards with guests’ names written on them in dark chocolate 

– evening buffet

– just-in-case baskets in the restrooms

– out-of-town bags in hotel rooms

– ceremony and reception childcare, including reception kids’ room with wii, video games, movie, kids’ movies, and kid-friendly tables with kid-friendly meals

– reception lounge space (complete with couches and coffee tables!)


Post # 39
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011


I LOVE the paint-by-number idea. I’ve never heard of that and it’s so fun and awesome! If you don’t mind me asking, how large is your wedding? We’re having a large one and wasn’t sure how interactive it would be for so many guests…like perhaps 2-3 smaller ones?

My Maid/Matron of Honor is making a scrapbook-like guest book for us, so this would just be something extra.

For my ‘wow factor’, we’re having glow necklaces during the reception. It can make for some good pics and adds a little bit of plain good fun. You can order them in bulk online for about $100.

Ultimately I think the wow factor is what speaks about you as a couple and any regional things you do. I’ve seen the Pittsburgh Polka done a lot and it’s always a great time. Line dancing at a county wedding. a boat getaway for a nautical-themed wedding. Also love the soft pretzel card – that’s one I hadn’t heard before. 

Post # 40
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@UpstateCait: Put me down as a plus one! I’ll be there! Apple pie favors and thought bubble guest book is too cute to miss. =)

Post # 41
887 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Half of these ideas haven’t actually been implemented yet but, assuming all goes well, these are my wow factors…

-FI and I are homebodies. We love just cuddling up on the couch and watching tv so we were going to have a projector playing the wedding episodes of some of our favorite shows in the background during dinner/reception.

-I know this is has been done a lot in the past few years but we will definitely have a photo lounge with props that will double as our guestbook and favors.

-Toying with the idea of a dance performance. Maid/Matron of Honor and 2 BMs are all for it but the other 2 BMs are terrified to dance in public so… yeah.

-FI and I met in college and there were always tons of food trucks on campus so we were thinking about hiring one to come right at the end of the night as a parting gift/after party munchies – although the venue might not let us do this one… haven’t talked to them about it yet.


Post # 42
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our church was definitely our biggest wow factor. 

We also got a lot of compliments for our ceremony music (we splurged on an extremely talented, 50 member choir). 

My favorite thing had been our ice cream sundae bar, but then we went to another wedding a month later that had one 100x better than ours (and there were like 10 guests who went to both weddings, sigh), so that’s no longer my absolute favorite thing. 

Post # 43
4886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@romanticone5555:  Our wedding will probably be about 140, and kid free. I figure this is a good option for those who don’t care to dance or need a break from socializing – I just hope no one gets drunk and draws a mustache on me or something 😉

I honestly dont think a whole lot of people will do it, and my fiance and I will finish it at home.  But I thought it was super cool and I’m pretty pumped about it!

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