May 24, 2022
It’s no secret that one of the reasons I love wedding calligraphy so much is that it adds a little something extra to your guests’ experience on your wedding day. Unlike your florals or other pieces of decor that may go unnoticed (or unappreciated!), the calligraphy found on your wedding signage and day of stationery is different. By nature, it’s designed to be interacted with – whether that’s instructing your guests’ to sign a guest book or letting them know where to take their seat with place cards or a gorgeous seating chart. Today on the blog, I want to dive in a little deeper and talk about 6 unique ways to curate an incredible guest experience on your wedding day. Keep reading – or if you want to start brainstorming about YOUR wedding day, connect with me directly here.
They say the way to your guests’ hearts is through their stomach, right? Unlike a buffet or plated dinner, you might be surprised at how much your guests gravitate to a specialty food station. I was a big fan of this Oyster Bar at Anggi and Steven’s micro wedding in Upstate New York, but the options are really endless here!
Love a good cocktail? Looking for a wow factor? Why not combine the two by taking a signature cocktail sign one step further and creating a cocktail station! Whether you choose to place this at the entrance (greeting guests as they arrive!) or have it somewhere guests’ can return to all night long, a cocktail station is guaranteed to get the party started.
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You probably know you won’t read it, right? Instead of a traditional guest book, I love when couples consider not only what they will appreciate more, but also create something that adds to their guests’ experience. Trust me – you can have a lot of fun with this! You can create a photo station on a chalkboard wall like The Monzo’s did below, or consider something like a vintage phone where guests’ can “leave a message”. Let your guests’ get creative (and have fun!) leaving you a message to cherish forever.
You may have considered adding a few amenities to your venue’s bathroom, but I want to encourage you to take it up a notch (after all, why not?). A few months ago, I decorated the bathroom mirrors as Battello (one of my favorite New Jersey wedding venues). This was one of my favorite projects because it was so fun (and unexpected!). When you think about your wedding design, don’t underestimate the unexpected places of your venue that your guests will visit – they are typically overlooked on your typical “wedding planning checklist”.
I love the “pretty” but what I really swoon over are personal touches. Curating your guests’ experience is about more than adding decor. Whenever I talk to my couples about their wedding day pieces, I am always looking to include pieces of their love story (or honoring those that were a part of their story that couldn’t be with them on their wedding day!). I always find the best weddings leave you knowing just a little bit more about the newlyweds, and I love helping create wedding day signage that helps do just that!
Although favors might not count as “unique”, when you think about your guest experience, you want them to leave with a little keepsake right? If you have made it this far, I can only assume that your guest’s experience is incredibly important to you. Why not choose a unique wedding favor they can leave with at the end of the night? Bonus points if it includes a handmade touch from your favorite New Jersey calligrapher.
I know by the time you find a list of “unique” things on the internet, you may have seen it all before (especially if you are an avid Pinterest or Instagram user!). Things really don’t stay “unique” for very long which is why I value personal details so much. I hope you take some of the ideas on this post and run with them to create something truly unique and personal to YOU. And if you need a little help? I would love to hear from you. Learn more about my “day of details” services here, or click the button below to chat with me (hi – I’m Alane!) directly!