I recently read an article on TheKnot "30 Ways To Wow Your Wedding Guests" with some great tips on how to make sure your wedding is not another cookie cutter wedding. There were some good ones I must say but they didn't give you the logistics behind how to make some of these wow factors work. So like any good wedding planner would, I'm going to give you the behind the scene action you didn't get from the article so you will know how to make it happen for your wedding.
One of my favorite tips was instead of using traditional escort cards, TheKnot suggested having Reception Ushers to show your guests to their tables. I love this idea, I'm always about the wow factor. To make this work you need a couple of key ingredients:
1) A hostess to greet your guests and let them know someone will take them to their table shortly. They can direct the traffic and let the ushers know which table to escort your guests to. You don't want the ushers walking around with papers looking for names.
2) For every 20 guests you need at least 1 usher. So if you have 200 guests, you should have 10 ushers. This will keep the your guests moving into the dinner smoothly. Everyone should be seated within 10 to 15 minutes.
3) If you are having your wedding reception at a traditional banquet or hotel, you should run your idea past your maitre D or banquet manager. They can help you execute but they may charge you for the extra staffing.
4) If you are getting married in non-traditional setting (loft style) then I hope you hired a wedding planner and they will help execute as well. They may also have to hire extra staffing to execute flawlessly.
There are many great wedding planning tips and ideas out there but you have to remember, the key to a great idea is the execution. Bring your wedding idea to a wedding professional, whether it is your wedding planner or banquet manager and fill them in on your wedding ideas. They will give you great tips on how to make sure your idea turns out exactly how you envisioned it.
Do you have a wedding planning idea that you want to wow your guests? Send me an email at DJoseph@weddedluxe.com and I will give you some wedding planning advice on how to make it work!!