Planning a wedding involves the setting up of so many elements on the day of the celebration and we at Love Lydia Weddings & Events find that it really is the little touches that create the whole aesthetic and overall ambience of the wedding day.
With so many details to think about, we often suggest couples have multiple checklists in place of what is needed, as it is a fantastic way to keep on track of all items and ensure nothing is forgotten! We often find with our couples that one of the most crucial, overlooked elements of wedding planning is when it comes to the wedding day décor– small touches and details that differ from the ceremony, drinks reception and the wedding breakfast that are often missed or unnoticed in some way. We have devised a checklist below listing some of the key items we feel should be considered to help create the most spectacular day!
- Stationery – this includes any personalised, (or otherwise), signage such as welcome signs, reserved seating, order-of-day booklets or sheets, etc.
- A backdrop for the ceremony
- Aisle runner (indoor or outdoor)
- Aisle decorations (i.e. pew ends, candles, petals)
- Floral arrangements around the room, i.e. hanging displays, wall florals, although of course, if a church wedding is planned, these are unlikely to be consented to
- Chairs in the appropriate place for the Registrar(s) and of course enough chairs for guests!
- Confetti baskets, envelopes or personalised paper cones (for guests to throw after the ceremony)
The Drinks Reception:
- Guest Book Table (some couples choose to have this for post-wedding breakfast, although it is sometimes in place immediately following the ceremony). It may also contain other props/entertainment features such as disposable cameras, ‘lost loved ones’ photos, etc.
- Stationery – a Table Plan and Seating Chart
- Floral arrangements
- Other Decorations – lanterns, candles, petals, balloon installations
- A dedicated and pretty area if live musicians, such as a violinist, a sax player, a harpist, a pianist or a string quartet will be entertaining the guests
- Cake table (this is sometimes displayed during the reception but is not essential)
- Vases with clean water to put the bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets in, particularly if the bride is intending to later preserve her flowers
- Classy bar area and signage for specialised drinks and cocktails
- High top tables & chairs (some guests may not be able to stand for long periods)
- A photo wall backdrop or photobooth – the 360’ rotating photo booths are very popular just now
The Wedding Breakfast:
- Exquisite draping and customised backdrops
- Lighting and hanging décor such as pin-spotting, floral chandeliers, floating balloons or twinkly fairy lights
- Designer Chairs and mirrored or glass tables
- Luxury table linen, including matching or contrasting napkins, if you prefer a more formal look
- Bespoke and colour-coordinated glassware, crockery, and cutlery
- Individual favours and table stationery – for example, name cards, and personalised menu cards in keeping with the rest of the styling
- Children’s activity bags (if you have invited younger children, this can be a great way to keep them entertained!)
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all items but helps in providing an idea of some of the finer details to be considered and the logistics involved in the planning!
We highly recommend having a wedding planner to assist with this fundamental element to guarantee that nothing vital is missed out when booking items with suppliers. With our wealth of knowledge and years’ of expertise, our team at Love Lydia Wedding & Events will work very closely with you to ensure all options have been carefully thought out and considered, enabling you to have the most beautiful and unique wedding experience!
If you would like to learn more about how we can support you with the planning of your wedding, please get in touch with us via email@example.com