I know that there are few days in life that are as monumental as your wedding day. It’s a day that’s often been years in the planning. For many brides-to-be, it’s a fairy tale that’s been planned and dream about in meticulous detail ever since childhood. So, when the big day finally arrives there are countless ideas, thoughts, hopes and expectations that are poured into that oh-so-fleeting occasion. But what are the absolute must-haves to make sure your wedding goes off without a hitch? What are the essential things you need to make it an event you’ll remember forever?
The BasicsWell, obviously the wedding dress takes number one priority. Any blushing bride naturally and rightly deserves to be the centre of attention. The groom, best man and the ushers all obviously need to be suited and booted, too. Then of course you need to pick out that all important wedding venue, the flowers and what day would be complete without a wedding cake? But do you go for fruit cake, chocolate, sponge, alcohol-laced? Decisions, decisions!
Getting You And Your Guests To The VenueIt goes without saying that if you’re going to make it to the venue at all you’re going to need a suitable mode of transport to get you there. Many brides like to arrive by horse-drawn carriage, but if you’re booking a car, then there’s no end of choice. Depending on your budget, you might decide a simple but comfortable car is absolutely fine. But if you’re planning on arriving in true style, rolling up in a timeless vintage car is sure to turn a few heads.
And of course, if you plan on having other people at your wedding, it’s also pretty prudent to send out wedding invites. Many people also send out save-the-date cards to make absolutely certain that everyone has the official date marked on the calendar well in advance.
Drinks and nibblesI’ve been to a fair few weddings. And I know there are other certain elements of the big day that you can’t do without. The time-honoured tradition of drinks for your guests on arrival to the venue is one of them. Having a few canapés always goes down well, too. Again, the budget will dictate how much you can afford to lavish on such hospitalities but ultimately, a few nibbles and a glass of fizz early on in the day is a wonderful way to welcome everyone along to the venue. Giving each of your guests a wedding favour is also a great way of saying a little thank you and can really add a memorable touch to the day without huge expense.
Get the party startedArranging music for your reception is also integral. You could hire a DJ, book a live band, arrange a 15-piece orchestra if that’s more your thing. Whether you’d like some stylish background music or a 1980s mega-mix to get your guests tearing it up on the dance floor, music at your reception is essential to create the atmosphere you’re looking for.
Memories Are EverythingAnd of course, where would a wedding day be without the photos? I know exactly how busy you’ll be on your wedding day. I know that the whole thing goes by in a flash and that when you try to remember the finer details, it’ll be hard to recall all of those special moments. Which is why a bespoke photo booth for hire is a fantastic addition to your day. Your guests can pop into the booth whenever they want to take a quick photo. The Airstream Photobooth can also hold up to 15 people at once! Sure, your guests might be slightly reluctant to get so up close and personal at first, but as the day progresses and the Champagne gets drunk, it’s pretty certain more and more of them will be desperate to get themselves in on one of those big group shots.
Through the years, photo booth companies like We Are Blue Steel have learnt a lot about what you need to make a great wedding. But it all comes back to getting those basics spot on. The dress, the suits, and the venue will be top of your list. But after all those things are taken cared of, you can start looking at the smaller but important additions that’ll make your special day one to remember forever.