Not your average wedding

Tips from The Knot on how to WOW your guests and not become a cookie cutter wedding. Here are a few of my favorites:

Pre-ceremony cocktails:

Your guests won’t be expecting any drinks until the reception, so give them a pleasant surprise by setting up a table of light beverages on the way into the ceremony. Just don’t serve anything too strong — think: mimosas or fruit-infused iced teas they can sip before taking their seats (and don’t forget to have nonalcoholic versions too!). Have your caterer or ushers collect any stray glasses to make sure the space is tidy before the processional begins.

Unique escort cards:
Upgrade your escort cards to something worth keeping (or eating!). Try personalized cake pops with guests’ names and table numbers written on them in icing (or on a cute tag), or engraved martini glasses that double as favors.

To-go gifts:

Send guests home feeling taken care of by having your valets place small favors or end-of-the-night snacks in guests’ cars before handing over the keys. No valets? Set out baskets of the gifts — such as soft eye masks with notes that say “Sleep tight!” or even hangover kits — for guests to grab on their way out of the reception venue. If you’ve arranged bus or shuttle transportation, have a favor waiting on board for guests.

Knot Note: Hangover kits (if you’re sending guests home on a shuttle) should include Aspirin — not Tylenol — for safe headache-busting.

A Bubbly Bar:

Make toast time delicious by letting guests customize their champagne. Dishes full of fruit purees, lavender sprigs, citrus twists and flavored ice cubes that can be spooned into glasses of bubbly will make clinking that much more fun.

Unique guestbook:

Think beyond the typical guest book. One creative idea we love: Put out washable ink pads and have guests leave their thumbprint next to their note (don’t forget to provide washcloths too!) — this makes for super-personal art to hang in your new nest later. Or put out silver trays with engraving pens so guests can carve a lasting message on a useful keepsake for you.

Show stopping exit:

LOVE THIS! Jazz up your exit by passing out small bags of colorful confetti, paper airplanes, mini beach balls, or even lavender buds for everyone to toss your way. Even better: Stage your own mini parade by passing out noisemakers and asking your guests to escort you to your getaway car.

Awesome midnight snacks:

Just when everyone thinks the fun is winding down, liven up the party with late-night nibbles that will leave everyone ready for an after-party. Think about it: crinkle French fries, fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk shooters, a fully loaded taco bar, or even a waffle truck.

Click on the link above to see the full list from The Knot. Have you been to a wedding with any of these unique details? I love the bubbly bar and midnight snack idea!

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