Planning your big day takes time, and can sometimes become a little stressful with so many little details to finalize. These 16 things will help you personalize your special day, and make your wedding just as unique as you!
1. Guest List & Creative Invitations
Choosing who is going to be by your side on your wedding day is very important, and not as easy as you may think. First things first, figure out who you want at your wedding and who you don’t want at your wedding. If you need some help, check out this helpful invitation diagram. With the help of your significant other, come up with a guest list. Give your guests at least 8 weeks’ notice, that way they have no excuses to miss out on your special day.
Here are a few ideas for your “Save the Date” invitations:
- Add a pop of color
- Keep it simple
- Use a scratch-off to reveal the date
- Include a photo of the two of you
Visit our Pinterest Board “Wedding Invitations & Other Stationery” to get some more great ideas.
2. Beautiful Venue & Location
Whether you dream of getting married to your fiance in a church or on a beach, we have you covered! BVTLive just added two new venues to their website. Icona Resorts and Weddings of Distinction, both located in New Jersey, offer beautiful shore-side venues. If you had an indoor wedding in mind, check out some other options such as Finley Catering, Cescaphe Event Group‘s venues, or the Hyatt at the Bellevue. All of these venues are exceptionally beautiful, luxurious, and unique.
3. Choosing the Perfect Band or DJ – BVTLive!
Choosing the right band or DJ to perform at your wedding is very important. You want to hire a group that has experience, stability, and a good reputation. Let BVTLive assist you in finding the perfect wedding dance-band or DJ for your special day. BVTLive’s groups:
- provide a variety of music genres
- are fun, professional, and entertaining
- will have your guests on the dance floor all night long
- perform over 750 events a year
- have won many awards
It is a good idea to see a band live before you book them for your wedding.
Come out for BVTLive’s free Band Showcase Event to get a better idea of what you are looking for in a band.
4. The Perfect Playlist
On your wedding day you will want the dance floor to be packed all night long. That is why creating the “perfect playlist” is just as important as picking the right band.
Can’t figure out what songs to play? We can help with that, too. Visit our Songs for Weddings page to check out some of the most requested wedding songs. Our band leaders will work with you to come up with the perfect playlist, go over any special requests you have, as well as what you do not want them to play. As long as you pick one of BVTLive’s bands, you can ensure that your wedding music is in good hands, and that your guests will have a memorable time!
5. Delicious Desserts
Stand out and try something new! Traditional wedding cakes are good, but have you ever been to a wedding that serves macaroons?! Meghan, an inspiring, young baker (and personal friend of mine) started her own yummy dessert business called Nutmeg & Honeybee. Scrolling down her Instagram page will make your mouth water. Not only are her desserts to-die-for, but she has also baked for famous celebrities (including Kylie Jenner and Blake Lively)! Whether you want a cake, macaroons, cupcakes, or donuts, Nutmeg & Honeybee will make your wedding desserts just as UNIQUE as you!
6. Post-Party Snacks
If you want your wedding to stand out from the rest, switch it up and bring out some yummy snacks towards the end of your reception. This idea is unique and the possibilities are endless. Here are just a few “post-party” food ideas:
- Serve your ultimate favorite food (such as fries or pizza)
- Have a “S’more Bar”
- Fill a Piñata with candy
- Have a “Create Your Own Sundae” station
- Serve finger foods
The best way to make this day memorable for both you and your guests is to be unique. It is not that often that you hear of food being served at the end of the reception. By this time of the night, your guests are most likely hungry (and drunk). Give them a snack to take home, and a night to remember!
7. Your Dream Wedding Dress
Picking out the perfect wedding dress is harder than you think. It may take some time. Our advice is to be patient. If you have no idea what you are looking for, try searching the web. Pinterest has some great ideas that can help you figure out what you are looking for. Follow BVTLive!’s Pinterest board, as we are constantly posting ideas for brides to help them prepare for their special day. Or if you know exactly what you want then don’t give up until you find your perfect dress.
8. Choose a Photographer
The best way to remember your wedding day years from now, is by hiring someone to capture every special moment. From the photos of your guests to the moment you shove cake in your significant others face, you will want to hold on to these memories forever. If you are still looking for a wedding photographer, check out some of the partners we work most with in the area, on our affiliates page.
One of the biggest regrets that couples have is not having a video made of their special day. If a picture says a thousand words, then a video must say over a million. Hire a videographer who will turn your wedding day into an amazing movie! Check out Allure Films, and CinemaCake Filmmakers, both are amazing affiliates of BVTLive, and have created many award-winning films.
10. Incorporate Social Media & Technology
One of the hottest new wedding trends is incorporating social media and technology into the mix by using Hashtags, a location “check-in'”, go-pro’s, drones and more! Over 50% of couples are now creating their own “Wedding Hashtags”. This is a great way to look back at photos that your guests posted from the wedding all in one album.
Other unique ideas include:
- hiding a go-pro in your bouquet
- getting some stunning aerial photos with a
- have your guests check-in to your venue
- live stream your ceremony (for those who couldn’t make it)
All of these current wedding trends will help make your day extra special and more memorable.
11. Come Up With a Theme
Whether you are having a summer wedding, fall wedding, or any season then you are going to want a theme that sets the tone and ties everything together. Whether it be a color scheme, or other trends, visit our “Themes Galore” board on Pinterest to start browsing ideas. Give your wedding unity, balance, and rhythm by choosing the most fitting wedding theme for you and your spouse. Here are some ideas to consider:
12. Wedding Reception Entrance
Wedding entrances are a special way to stand out on your wedding day. Here are some awesome ideas to make your reception entrance special and unique:
- Break out in a flash mob
- Surprise your guests with a special entry dance
- Perform a dance routine with your bridesmaids
- Walk though sprinkling of confetti or rose petals
Check out our Wedding Reception Entrance’s blog for some more great ideas!
13. DIY Wedding
We all know weddings can get to be expensive. The best way to save a little money and have fun preparing for your wedding is by DIY (doing it yourself). By DIY, you will be able to spend a lot more of your budget on other things (such as your venue or wedding dance-band ).
Here are some DIY ideas:
By DIY, you are also able to make your day much more personalized and special. Although it is certainly easier to have things made for you, it is much more fulfilling to make it yourself with the help of your friends and family and really make your day unforgettable. Get started by scrolling through Pinterest, and then start getting creative!
14. Decorations, Flowers & Lighting
Simple decorations can go a long way, and have your wedding guests raving. By hiring a wedding planner or designer, you can ensure that your day will be just as beautiful as you are. If you are looking for someone to help with decorations, flowers, and lighting, check out Beautiful Blooms or Eventricity. Both companies’ provide exceptional service, as well as beautiful design.
15. Final Preparations & Tips
As exciting as your big day is, you may get caught up in all the excitement and forget some key essentials. One of the biggest things that will make your day unforgettable is if something goes wrong, here are some tips to make sure everything runs smoothly on your big day.
- Create a day-of Itinerary
- Pack an emergency kit (just in case)
- Make sure you eat!
- Arrange transportation
- Pack for your honey-moon early
- Most importantly, have fun!!
16. Goodbyes & Thank-You’s
Last but not least, is sending out thank you cards to those who were able to make your day special. Don’t put it off, start sending out your “thank you’s” once you’re all unpacked from your honeymoon. When writing your letters…
- Keep it short & simple
- Personalize the message
- Keep track of who gave you what gifts
If you are not sure what to say exactly, Keep it short & simple and sincere; “Thank you for joining us to celebrate our big day,” mention what they got you, and say how thankful you are that they were able to make your day special.