Are you ready to have an unforgettable wedding? Of course you are! Because who wants to throw a celebration (and one as big as a wedding) that ends up like yesterday’s news?

And I’m betting that you not only want to have a wedding day that’s unforgettable to you and your partner, but to your guests as well. It is a party, after all, and family and friends will take time out of their busy schedules to celebrate with you, so you’ll want to make sure they have a blast.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend mega bucks or go overboard on everything to ensure a good time. Often, it’s the little, thoughtful details that make a wedding unforgettable. Small upgrades can make a big impact.

Ready to get started? Get out your planning notebook and write down these tips to transform your big day into an unforgettable moment.

Hexagon shaped floral arrangement for altar as wedding decoration. Photograph by Austin, Texas wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.

GET CREATIVE WITH WEDDING DECOR

There are a lot of tried and true wedding decorations - like flower arrangements and candles - that couples of every era have incorporated into their own weddings. And there is definitely nothing wrong with adding these elements to your big day. But if you want to take your decor game up a notch, try putting a twist on the classics: hang florals from the ceiling, paint or glitter-dip tree branches to use as table decor, use props for signs (like bicycles or ladders). There are so many ideas available that you can mix and match to create your own unforgettable wedding decor.

Vintage Volkswagen VW bus as a wedding photo booth. Photograph by Austin, Texas wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.

ENTERTAIN YOUR GUESTS

Of course you’ll want to provide entertainment for your guests, but not just any old entertainment. An unforgettable weddings calls for epic entertainment and activities that keep guests engaged and having the time of their lives. Think wedding games, live performances (fire eaters, dancers, hula hoopers), interactive stations (cocktail mixing, tea and coffee stands, flash tattoo bar), creative guestbook areas, and maybe even a choreographed dance by you and your partner.

Related: The Perfect Wedding Guest Book Idea

OFFER SONG REQUESTS

Another way to entertain guests is to have the DJ set aside time for song requests. It’s a great way to get guests out on the dance floor because people get excited when they hear their songs and will find it hard to sit still. You might also consider setting up a karaoke area. It may be more challenging to get people to sing, but the ones who do will provide entertainment for themselves and others.

GIVE FAVORS GUESTS ACTUALLY WANT

You probably know by now that wedding guests couldn’t care less about receiving Jordan almonds or practically anything engraved with your wedding date and initials. So what is it that people really want? Anything food or drink related is a good idea, but even better is healthy, eco-friendly wedding swag. Health and wellness is on everyone’s mind, so it’s hard to go wrong with favors like hangover kits (think more natural hangover cures), sustainable products (made from bamboo, for example), reusable straws or shopping bags, aloe vera succulents, and detox tea. Remember to do your research and keep your guests’ needs in mind.

Related: The Perfect Gifts for Your Wedding Guests

Group of people sitting at a table eating at a wedding in a rustic setting. Photograph by Austin, Texas wedding photographer Nikk Nguyen.

SERVE LATE NIGHT SNACKS

If you’re planning on a reception that goes well into the night or hosting an after party (which in itself can be unforgettable), you’ll want to consider offering snacks to sustain those guests who remain. Hire a food truck or street-style food stall, set up a coffee and donut station, hand out smash burgers and milkshakes, or keep it simple with things like chips and dip, pretzels, or popcorn.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to having an unforgettable wedding is to remain present. This goes for you and your partner most of all. Soak it all in and don’t think too  much about the next moment.

When you remain present and take in all the details, you’ll remember and appreciate much more about your wedding day than if you were to constantly worry about what’s next on the schedule or if everyone is having fun. Enjoy every moment (it will go by much faster than you think) and you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable day.

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