Weddings are, by nature, unforgettable, joyful events. Indeed, the happy union of two life partners in front of their dear friends and family, followed often by the dinner, drinks, dancing and laughter of a celebration party, is an occasion that’s likely to remain in the memories of all in attendance for quite some time – least of all for the couple.
There’s a common misconception that weddings have to be grand, expensive affairs for them to be enjoyable and worthwhile, but that’s simply not the case. Equally, there’s nothing wrong with opting for something a little different if you have the imagination and the budget for a wedding on a larger scale. Why indeed not, we say! This day is all about you and your affection for one another, after all.
If you do decide that you’d like to ‘wow’ your guests, here are a few ideas to get you started. With over sixty years’ experience in the wedding industry, we’ve seen and organised almost everything you can think of…
Stun guests with your venue
We have our preferences, we know. However, Milsom Weddings has some unforgettable venues across Suffolk and Essex, which combine stunning locations, inspirational food, the finest accommodation and exceptional service, such as Hengrave Hall near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk.
Couples have more choice than ever when it comes to wedding venues; there’s no better way to create an atmosphere that’s memorable for all the right reasons than by choosing the right kind of setting. Countryside retreat, city bolthole or riverside mansion, pick a venue that’s going to accommodate your wedding party, and best suits the kind of celebration you’re hoping to host.
Write your own vows
Civil ceremonies are a great opportunity to venture from the norm, and more couples are choosing to get creative when it comes to their wedding vows and readings. What could be more romantic, or memorable, than saying, “I do” in your own special way? Touching lines, amusing anecdotes and sweet poems are all popular accompaniments to the usual vows, and will ensure your guests are still talking about your wedding as your first anniversary approaches.
Be thoughtful with your décor
Next to venue, the bride’s dress and the weather on the day, the next most unforgettable thing about weddings tends to be the décor: the theme of your table centres, favours, and bunting. What kind of look are you hoping to create, and what small details can you apply to ensure consistency?
Our venues all lend themselves perfectly to a variety of themes and styles. Kesgrave Hall in Ipswich, Suffolk, for example, is perfect for that elegant soiree you’ve been dreaming of. Choose centrepieces that are likely to accentuate the home’s stately features, such as candles or delicate floral arrangements.
You’d better believe that we’ve heard it all, from the hastily thrown together, to the Shakespearean soliloquy. In the run up to your big day we’re betting that the big bridal party players, including groom, best man and father of the bride have been taking to sites such as YouTube in search of inspiration. And what inspiration they’ll find! From epic dashes across town and country in search of scribbled notes, to speeches conducted to music, there’s no right or wrong way to serenade your guests.
A choreographed first dance
More and more couples are choosing to solidify their unions with a choreographed first dance, leading to squeals of delight and camera flashes from the accompanying crowd. You don’t need to be trained dancers to achieve such an effect either, with simple routines making as much of an impact as those waltzes, foxtrots, and Dirty Dancing scenes that are taking the Internet by storm. How will you encourage your friends and family members to join you on the dance floor?
Do it your way
Above all, aim to do things your way. What could be more unforgettable than a wedding that truly and naturally reflects your personalities, and the love you feel for one another? By all means, listen to the suggestions of friends and family members, but keep in mind the kind of wedding you want. Sure, you’ll want your friends to be able to look back on your big day with fond memories, but it’s even more important that you enjoy every element.
Our friendly, dedicated team is always on hand to answer your queries and proffer suggestions, while being mindful of everything that you’d like your big day to be. From catering and décor, to those special final touches your guests will remember forever, nothing is too much trouble.