Creating The Perfect Atmosphere For Your Big Day: 6 Important Tips
You naturally want everything to be perfect on your big day. The thing is, you have so many things on your mind from the dresses, the suits, the flowers, the venue, the music, the guests, the bridesmaids, the groom, the reception, the decor, the food – the list goes on! It’s natural to become stressed. When this happens, the day you were looking so forward to is now making you feel like you want it to be over. However, with our 6 important tips, you’ll be able to create the perfect atmosphere for your big day and quite rightly get to enjoy it too.
Have a Checklist
OK, so this is something you should’ve prepared from the minute you proposed or were proposed to. This is because there are just so many things to organize for your big day. If you don’t keep on top of things, then something is bound to slide or not work out the way you want it to. This list should include everything leading up to your wedding day and up to writing thank you notes to guests and gift-givers after your return from your honeymoon.
Several checklists will be needed for your wedding day, which will include the ceremony, lunch, reception, and everything that happens at each of them. How detailed you want them to be is really down to you. If you’re having music played at your reception, you may want to select your wedding songs or be happy to let the band or DJ supply you with a playlist to confirm, instead. Regardless of their detail, by having these lists to refer to, you will feel calm and confident knowing that everything you’ve planned will happen and that nothing’s been forgotten.
Whilst all best-laid plans may sometimes not work out, ensure you have contingency plans for the main areas of your checklist, just for peace of mind. With a checklist, you’ll know what’s happening and when. This is a huge stress-reliever within itself and is a great way to know that your big day is organized and is going ahead the way you want it to. You can even get checklists sent to your inbox, totally taking the stress out of planning too!
Involve Your Loved Ones
Your loved ones don’t necessarily mean family, but anyone you love and trust enough to help you or have your back, on such an important day. Perhaps give them one list or even a few, so there’s not as much pressure on you to arrange everything. You could even give them roles to play on your big day, whether it’s as part of the wedding party or something more distinctive at the reception.
Weddings are seldom solemn events, so involving people will make your day even more memorable. Besides, it’s nice to be able to talk to people involved in the planning because they will understand what you’re talking about, which can be a huge help when you’re stressed.
Even having loved ones accompanying you to check out decors or venues will make doing things like this more fun. Plus, having another person’s opinion may open your eyes to things you were unaware of.
Your Wedding Venue
You need to decide what type of wedding you want before you decide on the venue. There are several reasons for this, but the main ones would be ensuring that it’s the right size for the number of guests you have and it’s easy to get to.
If you’re planning to decorate the venue, you’ll need to make sure this is ok. Usually, wedding venues will organise this for you, the details of which will be agreed upon beforehand and even included in its price for hire.
Have at between 3 – 5 potential venues that you can visit. Think of what’s important to you about the venue and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Good communication between you and the venue is vital. Be reasonable with your expectations and remember you won’t be the only one using their venue, so be patient when expecting a response. They’ll know how important it is for you to have everything perfect and they’ll do their best to achieve this.
Nowadays many wedding venues also double up as places to have the reception, which is great for the guests and a lot easier for you in terms of planning.
Making Your Guests Comfortable
From the moment your guests arrive at the wedding venue until they leave your reception to head home, your guests need to feel welcomed.
Have someone to greet them at the wedding venue and someone else to escort them to their seats. Repeat this process at the reception. Your guests are part of your wedding celebrations so you want them to have a memorable time too.
This means also carefully planning where people sit and avoiding putting people together that don’t get on or have anything in common. You want people to get on, after all, they’re going to be sitting with each other for several hours.
Don’t forget to personally thank everyone for attending, whether it’s during the speeches or as people enter the reception. Your guests will appreciate this kind gesture and it’s a nice way to acknowledge the fact that they’ve come to celebrate your happiness.
Have a Wonderful Reception
You’ll know during the planning stage what decor you want your venue to have, music to be played and refreshments available for your guests. In addition, having the right lighting, comfortable seating, professional waiting staff and the right indoor temperature can make all the difference to everyone’s evening.
You want people to be relaxed and enjoy themselves. You also want them to have eaten and have access to drinks, alcoholic or otherwise, as well as food should they get hungry as the day/night goes on.
It may also be an idea to consider having some activities at the reception as well. A photobooth is a fun way for people to mark your wedding, as is having a professional photographer or videographer. The pictures can be uploaded onto a website so everyone can see them.
If you have enough outdoor land, hiring a bouncy castle or ball pit may be good to occupy young children. Perhaps even having an outdoor food service will add a unique aspect to your wedding and for all the right reasons, too.
Just Do You!
At the end of the day, although you’ll want to ensure your guests are happy, don’t lose sight of it being your wedding day. You’re the one getting married and you need to be totally happy with how you do it. The wedding industry is worth billions, so research into what’s available and pick what’s right for your big day.
There is no such thing as the perfect atmosphere for a wedding. Perfection is subjective and will vary from couple to couple, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do what you want for your wedding day. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Quite rightly, you want it to be about you and the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. With this in mind, surely it’s worth taking your time over to create the atmosphere you want and memories that’ll last a lifetime.