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How to Wow Your Wedding Guests

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Emily Ziegler • May 13, 2024

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Planning your wedding is about more than just saying “I do”—it’s about crafting an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. From the moment they receive their invitations to the final farewell, every detail contributes to the magic of your special day. At Heather Paperie, Heather and I [Emily] understand the importance of the wedding guest experience and how it can be enhanced through thoughtful touches in your paper goods and signage. I’m sure that many of us can remember these little details from weddings that we have attended. Last summer, when checking in at our hotel for a family member’s wedding, we received a beautiful, personalized bag filled with meaningful treats and items for the wedding weekend. That small detail spoke volumes about the experiences we were about to have. Join us as we explore unique ideas to wow your guests and make your wedding day truly unforgettable.

1. Custom Welcome Bags and Matching Cards

Welcome your guests with open arms by providing personalized welcome bags filled with goodies that reflect your personality and style. Consider including locally sourced treats, snacks, and small gifts that will make your guests feel right at home. Pair these welcome bags with matching cards featuring designs that coordinate with your wedding invitations, creating a cohesive look and feel from the moment your guests arrive. Whether you opt for a rustic, romantic, or modern aesthetic, these thoughtful details set the stage for a memorable celebration.

2. Custom City Maps Highlighting Wedding Events

Guide your guests through the excitement of your wedding weekend with custom city maps highlighting key event locations and points of interest. Whether you’re hosting a welcome dinner, ceremony, reception, or post-wedding brunch, a custom map can help guests navigate the area with ease and discover hidden gems along the way. Include important details such as venue addresses, parking information, and recommended restaurants or attractions to ensure that your guests feel confident and informed throughout their stay. If you’re tying the knot at the Ballroom at the Ben in Philadelphia, your custom map could showcase nearby landmarks and attractions, inviting guests to explore the beauty of the surrounding area while they’re in town for your celebration. 

3. Fun and Interactive Escort Cards

Put a creative spin on your seating arrangements with fun and interactive escort cards that engage and delight your guests. Consider incorporating handwritten thank you notes for each guest into your escort card display, expressing your gratitude for their presence on your special day. Alternatively, opt for interactive escort card signage, such as a seating chart with movable pieces or a photo booth-style display where guests can find their table assignments. These playful elements not only add personality to your wedding decor but also create memorable moments for you and your guests to cherish.

4. Thoughtful Signage Throughout the Day

Guide your guests through each stage of your wedding day with thoughtful signage strategically placed throughout your venue. From a grand welcome sign at the entrance to directional signs leading guests to the ceremony site, reception area, and other key locations, signage helps guests navigate the event with ease and ensures that they don’t miss a moment of the festivities. If you’re hosting an outdoor wedding at a venue like Elkins Estate, directional signs can be particularly helpful in guiding guests around the sprawling grounds and highlighting points of interest. Additionally, consider incorporating signage at cocktail hour to showcase signature drinks, appetizers, and entertainment options, enhancing the overall guest experience and setting the stage for a memorable celebration.

5. Personalized Ceremony Programs

Enhance the guest experience by providing personalized ceremony programs that not only guide guests through the order of events but also reflect your wedding style and personality. Customize the design to include meaningful details about your love story, the bridal party, and any special rituals or traditions incorporated into the ceremony. Guests will appreciate having a keepsake to remember the heartfelt moments shared during your ceremony, and it adds an extra touch of elegance to your wedding day.

6. Custom Menu Cards

Elevate the dining experience for your guests with custom menu cards that showcase the delicious fare they’ll be enjoying throughout the reception. Incorporate your wedding theme or colors into the design and include mouthwatering descriptions of each course. Whether you opt for classic elegance or modern flair, custom menu cards add a touch of sophistication to the table settings and allow guests to anticipate the culinary delights that await them.

7. Unique Table Numbers or Names

Add a personal touch to your reception decor by incorporating unique table numbers or names that reflect your interests, hobbies, or shared memories as a couple. Whether you opt for romantic table names inspired by your favorite love stories or quirky table numbers that represent milestones in your relationship, these custom touches add personality and charm to your reception tables. Guests will enjoy discovering the meaning behind each table name or number and will appreciate the thoughtfulness that went into creating a memorable seating experience.

8. Custom Thank-You Notes at Each Place Setting

Show your appreciation to each guest by placing custom thank-you notes at each place setting during the reception. These notes can be handwritten or printed with a heartfelt message expressing your gratitude for their presence on your special day. Personalize the design to match your wedding theme or incorporate elements from your invitation suite for a cohesive look. Not only do these custom thank-you notes add a personal touch to your reception decor, but they also allow you to express your heartfelt thanks to each guest individually, making them feel truly appreciated and valued.

Your wedding day is a celebration of love, joy, and togetherness, and every detail contributes to the magic of the moment. Heather and I are dedicated to helping you create an unforgettable wedding experience for your guests through our customized paper goods and signage. From custom welcome bags to interactive escort cards and thoughtful signage, we’re here to ensure that every aspect of your celebration reflects your unique style and vision. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you wow your wedding guests and create a celebration that will be remembered for years to come.

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