When it comes to wedding gift lists, ensure that there are more options and choices than there are wedding guests. You wouldn’t to get two or three of the same things now, would you?! Especially NOT with a themed wedding. People who might not be able to attend can identify your themed wedding/party and give you something appropriate. Maybe a gift certificate to your favorite sports-store or tickets to a local high-level game in a skybox or private viewing suite. These are just a few examples for a sports-theme wedding.
Adapt to Changes for your Themed Wedding
Wedding guests in attendance, headcount and logistics, contact information, updates, cancellations, stand-by and last-minute guests/additions need to be tracked actively at all times. Adapt and be flexible on your budget. This allows and ensures that all the details are available to those who need it most (caterers and seating, menu-preparers, cake decorator, favors, seating cards etc.). Maps and zones upon arrival can be very helpful for guests to have on hand and a must-have for a theme or destination-type weddings.
Order of Service sheets for church, court, chapel, even garden services are important. State what will happen when and find an appropriate way to communicate it. This can be done according to your theme, note-cards, shaped paper (origami for Asian wedding for example). It can be a good scrapbook item and memento. Not to mention having extras on hand – letting everyone what will happen when and where – ensuring smooth unfold of the events on the day.
Themed Wedding Necessities
Thank-you cards, pictures, video-diary, self-snap cameras on the tables, guest books all make for easy ways to keep with your theme. Transportation, officiate, wedding party, an order of events, rehearsals, menus etc. can all be sampled beforehand to get a feel and taste of how the different elements will come and work together to bring your theme to life.
Think Practical and Check, Check, Check!
THINK practical when packing and preparing for your big day – not overlooking the important things like your personals, luggage, passport, money, tickets, etc. Cake stands and knife, microphones, sound-checks, lighting. A backup generator if the power goes out, candles, tent or shelter, alternative/rain plan for unexpected weather. Sampling the foods and drinks on offer to your guests on the day is a great way to get others involved. Take the time to do it, even if you have to pay for it. Even if it is self-made, or catered – sample and try BEFORE the big day! Having a themed wedding can also include taking special care with ordinary things like:
-Quality of food: how and when it is, and will be served, kept warm/cold.
-How the reception will unfold: what guests will experience while they wait for your return. Think of the period between the ceremony and the reception.
-Attendants and ushers: Mementos and favors, special thank-yous.
Be creative with these. Use aspects from your theme to strengthen the world you have created for the day. Solidify the setting and wedding of your dreams.
REMEMBER it is about relaxing, sharing, and enjoying the moment. Have a great time together and celebrate the start of your married life with those you love and are special to you! MAKE THE MOST OF IT WITH THE PERFECT DREAM themed wedding.