Wedding Essentials – All you need to know
We have spoken of invitations and save the date cards in our April blog and now it is time to acknowledge the other essentials for your perfect wedding.
As with all details for your wedding, you can be as extravagant as you would like or just simply keep it classic. The main thing to always remember, is to keep your style and personality as a couple, this makes your dream day personalised and makes it even more memorable for you and loved ones celebrating your wedding day with you.
As always, we are here to point you in the right direction! We have listed some items which are essential for your wedding, each should be presented in accordance with your wedding theme and décor.
Table plan – A must have
A table plan is an essential element of your wedding. It allows your guests to easily find their seat in a quick and timely manner which keeps the flow of the wedding going and no delays for the newlyweds to be announced and make their entrance.
The perfect table plan is recommended to be simple yet elegant but should also match your wedding decor and theme and to be placed upon entrance to the area in which you are holding your wedding celebration meal. It must show some essential information such as the name of the guests, the name or the number of the table and a welcome message addressed to the guests.
Your plan could be printed in paper, plexiglass or a mirror, either resting regally on an easel, or fixed to a ladder or floating delicately on suspended wires… Let your creativity talk for you!
Guest book – lock in your memories
Your guest book is a detail which should feel very special, personal and creative, this wedding essential will be left out during your special day for all of your loved ones to write a message and kept as a memento of love and fun shared.
There are many different ideas for you guest book, you can design or simply buy a special book to be kept as a keepsake forever, maybe display at your home. If you are looking for a different type of guest book then there are many options; from a polaroid camera for guests to take a photo and leave a message on, to an idea becoming more popular, that of wooden hearts being written on and dropped into a frame which creates a picture to be hung when you get home, for a constant reminder of your wedding day and well wishes.
Some couples like to use signs to direct their guests to different areas of their wedding, they are multi useful as gives direction, personalises an area and builds excitement.
Thank-you cards – Show your appreciation
After spending all your wedding day surrounded by your loved ones, you just want to thank them for making this special day even more special and memorable. This is what thank you cards are all about and they are perfect way to show your gratitude for them sharing one of the best days of your life with you.
A few tips to offer the best thank you cards your guests will ever have:
- It is always best is send handwritten thank you cards, this simple thing will make the gesture so much more special and meaningful.
- Personalise your card to who you are writing to, mention any gifts you received from that person, if you received a monetary gift then it’s best not to mention the amount, but you can tell them what you plan to do with it.
- Be sure to remember to send the thank you card within a month, 2 at most after your wedding and be sure to sign off using your married name! Make sure that you have already all the addresses of your guests written in advance to make this easier for you.
- It is always nice to send a thank you card to your vendor and any suppliers you used, this is a nice touch and always appreciated.
Favours – A keepsake for your guests
Your wedding favours tend to be a small token of your appreciation for their sharing in your special day. Traditionally guests would receive a small bag or box containing 5 sugared almonds representing the five blessings of Health, Wealth, Happiness, Long Life and Fertility although anything goes these days, remember, it’s your day, you get the choice!
If having children at your wedding it is a great idea to personalise their gift, something which they can enjoy and entertain themselves with which is two-fold, keeps them happy and also lets the parents relax a little as there is a distraction.
With so many ideas on the internet it is easy to come up with creative ideas for all aspects of your wedding, but as always, we are happy to help you further as your planners on the island of Malta. In fact, all your little extra touches we set up for you on the day as requested by your good selves in advance, whilst you enjoy your lovely preparations with the ones most dear to you!