Here’s the good news. There are many ways you can infuse ‘cheesiness’ onto your big day without overwhelming your guests. Below are some of these things. Indulge!
Nothing can be more romantic than personal wedding vows. Wedding ceremonies set the tone and the wedding vow is one of the most precious aspects that can guide the mood. Regardless of how a bride and groom recites their own vow, every eye and ear are on them, involving the guests in the process. Not just the wedding vows though, other ideas that can accomplish the same feeling are blessing the wedding rings especially for heirloom rings, planting a tree and naming it after the newlyweds and lighting a unity candle to symbolize the union of two families.
A couple’s choice of a venue is critical in the continuum of a romantic wedding. In fact, most of the elements that make a wedding oh so romantic should be present on your reception since you and your guests will spend most of the time at the venue. Wedding venues that are naturally romantic are an ancestral home, a gorgeous garden, a medieval castle, a pretty glasshouse, etc. Talk about a seriously romantic walk down the aisle!
A floral centerpiece that overflows with verdant blooms demonstrates the wonderful effect. The mere presence of floral arrangements in your ceremony and reception is a powerful way of evoking that loving feeling. Not to mention, the tall floral centerpieces wow the crowd. The combination of roses, orchids and peonies is almost always welcome regardless of the setting. Again, some alternatives are spring green bells, magnolia branches and long-stemmed tulips. Place the arrangement on clear tall vases for that ultra feminine touch.
Maximize the classic romantic theme by choosing a bouquet that truly reflects your (the bride) personality. However, for the bridesmaids, forgo bouquets that are modeled from the bride’s bouquet. Let each of your bridesmaids carry a unique bouquet. For instance, an all sweet-pea, a single poinsettia or a combination of dahlias and a rose bouquet can be considered.
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Another intricate detail that makes every reception oozing with loveliness is the chair garland. Artistically placed behind the chairs, the garland is appropriate for both the newlyweds’ and the guests’ chairs. For the couple’s chairs, the garland can be placed entwining both chairs. For the guests’, it may cover a full row for a more dramatic impact. One can use aromatic greens in elegant lengths including eucalyptus, bay leaf or olive for that fresh-from-the-garden vibe. For the flowers, garden roses and orchid petals will do.
Candles (or more appropriately, candelabras) are the perfect accent to the tables; aside from the food, of course. They work magic, adding instant romance to the affair. Tall candelabras can achieve this look and feel although pillar candles and tea lights can do the trick. If you want a more reminiscent setting, you may consider putting lanterns. For that romantically extravagant wedding, a grand firework display will be worth it.
Choices of foods and the way these are served to the guests also affect the overall ambience. This doesn’t necessarily mean wooing your guests with dark and white chocolates, but they will surely love it if you do. Buffets are not the way to go; the same goes with sliders and BBQ. Instead, consider shared table dishes so that the guests are able to start conversations. As such, this is a more intimate setup compared to a buffet. Putting a long dining table that can seat up to 20 people is a surefire way of creating a chatty atmosphere. Such an arrangement imbues a more familiar feeling that your guests can relate to. For the two of you, choose a sweetheart table where you can eat for your own romantic feast while the guests are also eating.
Just after dinner, your guests would want to hit the dance floor. The night’s playlist can maintain the dreamy atmosphere. In fact, music can make or break the night. So, in all fairness, avoid playing anything that ruins the mood. Go for personal and un-clichéd songs for the ceremony and cocktail hour to the first dance and over dinner. Include slow songs such as ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran, ‘Collide’ by Howie Dorough and the likes.
Exquisite lighting is an element that instantly transforms the feel of a wedding. Beguilingly, the amount of the needed lighting will depend on the time and venue of your wedding. Think of how to best light the given space. For instance, you may decorate it with slightly used fairy lights from last Christmas. DIY lights also work wonders if your goal is to romance your guests.
Scentscaping is a staple of luxury weddings. Nonetheless, any wedding with any given budget can possibly be scentscaped. The majority of the brides-to-be often forgot that smell is the most powerful among the sense, evoking the right emotion at the right time and at the right place. Many a companies can create a bespoke scent as a complementary fragrance backdrop of your wedding. And nothing beats a sweet-looking as well as a sweet-smelling bridal affair. Lavender centerpieces and verbena candles are a perfect substitute if you find custom scents as beyond your wedding budget. These may be inexpensive choices, but they also scream romance on all the corners of your venue.
Romance might come easy on weddings. But don’t count on it all the times. Perhaps, if you are planning a really romantic wedding, incorporate all the elements mentioned here. The result is a head-over-heels romantic wedding that is so contagious your guests will feel the love rather than just ‘seeing’ it from both of you. The secret is making them feel so wrapped up with everything thus losing none of the romantic charm – a kind of ambience that is hard to forget!