Monday 23 September 2019

10 ways to guarantee your wedding is unforgettable

Smiling bridal party standing with bride
Smiling bridal party standing with bride

Joanna Kiernan

Everyone strives to make their wedding a little different from those that have gone before, but there are some key elements, which all great big days have in common. We chatted with Wedding Expert Blaithin O’Reilly Murphy to find out how to make your big day stand out from the crowd.

1. Beautiful invites

Cupcake wedding cake
Cupcake wedding cake

Their importance may often be overlooked, but your invitations are your guest’s first introduction to the tone and style of your wedding day. They don’t need to be gold plated and come with all sorts of bows and whistles, but a little thought goes a long way.

2. Good food

Car window with inscription just married
Car window with inscription just married

Well fed guests are happy guests. “Good food is an essential part to any wedding. It’s important to get the right balance between feeding a large amount of people and the menu not being too bland or predictable. Really great tasty food that people are going to enjoy is the top priority, but it’s important to have a balance, don’t play it too safe or go way out there with your choices.”

3. Chic transport

Picture: Getty Images/Caiaimage
Picture: Getty Images/Caiaimage

Whether you are hiring an old car and travelling in vintage style, or keeping it country and getting picked up in a Massey Ferguson- don’t be afraid to make a statement.

4. Great music

If there is one element that will make or break the atmosphere at your wedding reception it will be the music; so choose wisely. “Amazing entertainment is the one area you should really concentrate on; whatever you can afford, make sure you get the best value, so if your budget only allows you to get a DJ, you need to make sure to get the best DJ you can possibly find,” Blaithin suggests.

5. Thoughtful timing

A wedding day can be fairly full on for the bridal party, but spare a thought for your guests when considering any big time gaps in the day - it’s best not to leave it too long between the ceremony and dinner, no matter how many nibbles you have ordered.“Keep things moving and introduce new elements every 30-45 minutes to prevent your guests getting bored. It can be small things like maybe holding back on a signature cocktail until the drinks reception is in full swing or changing up the canapés every so often, the lighting or even just the tempo of the music,” Blaithin advises.

6. Snappy speeches

Wedding invitations on polka dot background
Wedding invitations on polka dot background

A few heartfelt speeches are always appreciated, but an hour of thank yous and droning on will lose you an audience.

7. A personal touch

Elegant Place Setting with Bouquet and Candles
Elegant Place Setting with Bouquet and Candles

A little sentiment means a lot. Think long and hard about how you can personalise your day. “A truly personal ceremony is very important.  A lot of couples get absorbed into this Pinterest fantasy of weddings and forget what the day is all about,” Blaithin says. “But the weddings that really stand out for me are those in which couples have put a great deal of thought and consideration into their ceremonies.”

8. Flowers

Bride and friends in photo booth, at wedding
Bride and friends in photo booth, at wedding

Get to know what flowers you like and what is available at the time of year you're getting married. Flowers can give a big impact without requiring too much of a splurge.

9. Fun

Introduce some fun alternatives throughout your day to get your guests mingling early, just make sure to tell people about whatever you have planned. “If you have some special entertainment arranged for the drinks reception or something that wouldn’t be expected by your guests, it is a good idea to inform them of this, so that they don’t miss out by heading to the pub directly after the ceremony for a drink instead,” Blaithin warns. 

Table with wine glasses, menu and flower arrangement at wedding reception
Table with wine glasses, menu and flower arrangement at wedding reception

10. Style

You may be adverse to the notion of having a ‘theme’ for your wedding, but there's a lot to be said for deciding on an overall ‘look’ for your big day - not least that it will keep everyone from the page boys, flower girls and bridesmaids to the happy couple from clashing in those all important photographs.

For more information and tips from The Wedding Expert Blaithin O’Reilly Murphy visit theweddingexpert.ie

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