Wedding planning: Give your guests great memories and sweet treats

Whether you are hosting a lavish wedding, or an intimate ceremony we have some creative ideas

Lara Barakat
Lara Barakat - Special to Al Arabiya English
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As a wedding guest, there are many aspects in the ceremony that you would look forward to; gushing over the bride’s dress, falling in love with the centerpieces, indulging in a slice of the wedding cake, and of course dancing the night away.

Whether you are hosting a lavish wedding, or an intimate ceremony we have some creative ideas to keep your guests happy and entertained throughout the event.

It’s the small things that matter the most and will allow your guests to enjoy celebrating with you.

Customize a bag with the date of your wedding and initials and fill it with goodies your guests can use throughout the event. For example, if you are having an outdoor ceremony, you can include sunglasses, a mini sunscreen, a fan in case it gets warm, and you may even want to add in a ceremony plan or a souvenir. Customize your welcome bags according to your wedding theme.

Customize a welcome drink for your guests while they wait for the bridal entrance. It’s a good icebreaker, and gives the guest a chance to meet other attendees. Speak to your caterer, and have them tailor the welcome refreshments according to your wedding theme, color and season. Go the extra mile and have a His & Hers drinks.

When fashionable footwear takes a toll, provide a comfortable alternative for your guests, to keep their dancing feet happy. Flip-flops would be ideal; choose a mutual color in different sizes that will suit both the men and women. Make the flip-flops a part of your wedding theme by customizing each with your wedding date or initials.

Whether you’re hosting a summer or winter wedding, wraps and pashminas always come in handy. As everything else in your wedding, make sure you color coordinate your wraps/pashminas to fit the wedding theme. You can either place them on the chairs, or have them in a basket at the entrance.
Summer rays

Shield your guests eyes from the UV rays with sunglasses; color coordinated or customized which ever you prefer. Just think of how nice your wedding photos are going to be with all your guests wearing the same sunglasses. You can place them on a tray near the entrance or on the dinner tables.

If you’re thinking of giving your guests edible party gifts, consider macaroons or a mini wedding cake, that they can either have while at the wedding or take home with them. Another alternative would be to have a mini snack or treat bar for the guests to indulge while celebrating. Make sure the table is set up after the dinner, you do not want to confuse or fill your guests up on snacks.

Mini thank you placement cards are a great way to customize a small personal message to all your guests, thanking them for attending and showing your appreciation. You can place these in front of your guests on the dinner table, or as placement cards upon arrival.

Who said disposable cameras are a thing of the past? Encourage your guests to put down their mobile phones, and use disposable cameras to capture moments in your wedding that your photographer might miss. A fun game of “I Spy” should keep your guests entertained; you can either create your own rules, or download a printable version online.

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