Happy Tuesday lovelies! Have you been following along with us for the past three days as we hit the streets of NYC? It was New York Bridal Fashion Week! There were no many amazing bridal trends coming for the new season and we can’t wait to share them all. In the meantime, we have our latest installment of the At-Home Wedding Series with Bellwether Events touching on at home wedding first impressions! Now we will hand it over to the wonderful expert, Janice…
Good morning UWL readers! I am writing today with the thought of wedding day first impressions on the top of my mind. When your guests arrive at your at-home wedding, I know that you will want to set the right tone. With both form and function in mind, I’m going to explore this today. Please don’t miss my earlier advice posts filled with tips and tricks about wedding restroom trailers and generators, home wedding stationery, lighting for your home wedding, wedding tent floor plans, an intro to wedding tents and the basics of home wedding guest lists and budgets. I also have a brand new wedding planning website that I encourage you to visit.
A Smooth Arrival
I’m a big advocate of marking the driveway of the home so that your guests, vendors and any hired transportation vehicles can easily spot the home from the road. You can do this with a sign, balloons, ribbons or florals – as just a few ideas. Sometimes there is an existing sign, a fence post or even a bell that you can affix decorative items to. If you are lacking ideas, talk to your planner or florist and see what they can come up with. Be sure to inform your wedding guests and vendors to be on the lookout for the marker on their travels to the home.
Form and Function
Now that you have this directional first impression complete, continue to think about your wedding guests’ experience. Once guests have pulled in the driveway, how will they be directed to parking or valet? You might need some signage or uniformed staff to help guests navigate this with ease. What will greet them when they get out of their car? Perhaps a parasol or sunglasses (in your wedding day color palette) if it is a sunny day, or a pashmina if it is a chilly day. Maybe a cold beverage if it is a warm day, or a hot beverage if it is a cool day. Hot cider and fresh donut holes, anyone? I’ve even had clients offer light hors d’oeuvres upon their guests’ arrival, because we knew that we were going to start the ceremony thirty minutes later that the time mentioned on the invitation, to allow for late arrivals to the remotely located home.
Make It Pretty
Finally, you will want to consider what type of décor your guests will encounter. This is something to pay attention to in all aspects of the wedding day – décor they see when they get out of their car, when they arrive at the ceremony, when they arrive at the cocktail hour, and when they arrive at the reception. Even though the first impression to the home has been made, there are still opportunities to wow your wedding guests throughout the evening as they move around the property. This could be shepherd’s hooks with flowers lining a path, a wreath hanging on a door, a decorated archway, or even garland on the tent poles at the tent entrance.
You can also what exists already and improve upon it. If you have existing boxwoods or topiaries, tuck some bright blooms into them. Have sculptures on site? Adorn them with a bow tie or floral head piece. If you have a fountain, fill it with flowers.
While your save-the-date, wedding website, and wedding invitation are the first introductions your guests will have to your wedding, you shouldn’t overlook their first experiences along each step of your wedding day. Thinking about these in advance will allow for proper planning and budget allocation.
I really appreciate you stopping by my monthly advice series on planning a home wedding. If you need more advice, and just can’t wait until next month, you can visit the Your Wedding At Home blog or you can download my free ebook, The Elegant At-Home Wedding. Don’t hesitate to contact me – I would love to chat with you about any questions you might have about your home wedding!
Photo Credit: Katie Stoops Photography