Providing transportation for your guests is an increasingly customary part of a wedding. Most couples will secure a bus which can transport the most people in the most efficient way. However, there are some cons to this mode of transportation. Buses have set times they are scheduled to pick up guests, meaning there’s no wiggle room if you want to leave early, or perhaps stay later. They also have a set destination, usually a local hotel where the majority of guests are staying. However, not every guest stays at the same hotel, and not every guest goes straight to bed after the reception!
If you are planning on celebrating late into the night, or just want to make sure all of your guests get home safely regardless of the hotel they’re staying at, Uber could be the millennial solution you’re looking for.
Uber offers a service called Uber Events, where you can prepay for rides for your event, and provide all your guests with a promo code to use in the app. You select the amount you’d like to provide for each ride, the number of rides per guest, and only pay for what your guests actually use at the end of the night. While this method requires your guests to have an Uber account, it’s easy and free to download.
This method is not for everyone, like if you’re having your wedding in a rural area with a smaller Uber presence, or one without cell phone reception. But, if you’re having your wedding in a location where Ubers are plentiful, and your guest list isn’t too long, I think this idea is one to consider.
I really like the personal feel of providing individual cars for everyone. It makes your guests feel like they have more control over the night, and you don’t have to worry about corralling everyone onto a bus at the end of a long, champagne filled night. If Uber seems like the perfect transportation solution for your wedding, check out their website here for more info.
Everyone wants to make their wedding stand out. Usually, this means splurging on extravagant flowers, securing a fabulous venue, or having a one-of-a-kind dress. With over four years of experience planning and coordinating weddings, I’ve seen some truly unique weddings. Just when I think I’ve seen it all, I’m surprised over and over again by the creativity of some of our clients.
A ceremony in the round is a unique way to spruce up your ceremony (with no additional cost) and provides a better view for all of your guests. This is also convenient for small venues or an untraditional space that might not accommodate a traditional set up.
I love the intimacy of a ceremony in the round, and the way it photographs. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, this is definitely something to consider! This set-up is also perfect for highlighting a special part of your venue. Maybe it’s an old oak tree, or a small gazebo. With a ceremony in the round, you can incorporate that special spot into your ceremony seamlessly.
If you want to create your own “centerpiece” for your ceremony, you can DIY a simple arch with some old wood, or order one from Amazon.
A ceremony in the round is the perfect way to enhance your ceremony, and also make sure everyone (no matter how big your guest list is) gets to feel close to you and your spouse on your special day.
If you choose to go with real flowers for a bridal bouquet, you may feel like you’re not getting the most out of your beautiful flowers. Many brides choose to preserve their bouquets (Check out our post on it here), but most of the time they’re put away somewhere for safe keeping, only to be discovered again when doing a deep clean or moving houses.
If you’re looking for another option, something that can become a permanent fixture in your home, consider having your flowers pressed and arranged in a frame!
For anywhere from $84-$196 on Etsy, you can have your bridal bouquet pressed and arranged in a large frame, perfect for hanging in your bedroom or anywhere else around your home.
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Or, If you’re a crafty person with an eye for design, you can press and create your own, or create a beautifully sentimental gift for a close friend/family member who is getting married (with their permission, of course).
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If framing your flowers isn’t really your taste, consider a bespoke piece of jewelry made with your flowers. You can purchase a wedding flower preservation kit from Etsy starting at $56, And have everything you need to send your pressed flowers off after your wedding.
If you’re looking for a gift that’s out of the box, this also makes a wonderful bridal shower gift! I love the idea of creating something totally new out of your wedding flowers, especially if it’s something you can see everyday or even wear!
Whatever you decide to do with your flowers, make sure you have something to remember them by, even if they’re preserved only through photographs.
Things I’ve learned…
I attend a lot of weddings. Not only are my children of an age when their friends are getting married and we’re invited, but obviously I attend as a planner. Here are three things I’ve learned:
One – consider heavy apps instead of a stuffy sit down dinner. Guests love the novelty of uber fancy apps, and the freedom of roaming around visiting with other wedding guests. And often, with a traditional wedding dinner, much is left untouched. Your guests have already eaten too much during ‘Cocktail Hour’. If you go this route, I would highly suggest having assigned tables so all your guests have a ‘home base’ to keep their belongings, and rest from dancing.
Two: Your wedding dress. I would go one of two ways. I would suggest purchasing either a very inexpensive dress, (you are going to wear it just once anyway!), or do a complete 180 and have a bespoke gown made for you. This is more reasonable than you would imagine. Click on the following link if you’d like more information on this exciting option. Nova McLaren
Above the lovely Olivia Humphreys, the creative genius behind the Nova McLaren label, makes final touches to the dress she created for the bride. A bespoke, or made to order gown, could become a family heirloom!
Three: Remember to thank your guests for taking the time to be part of your special day. Some have taken a vacation day from work, others may have traveled a great distance. All have made certain sacrifices to give to you, a gift of their time, a gift of themselves. Thank them. You can do this by making a speech, or toasting your guests, or by going to each guest-table and addressing them personally. Either is lovely.