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You set out to plan the most unique wedding your guests have ever seen. But all weddings share certain things in common that can make even the most rare wedding predictable — think: traditions, toasts, and cake. "It's no wonder that without a little extra spice, guests can start to feel like they're attending the exact same event over and over again," says Michelle Wright, owner of Michelle Wright Events in Greensboro, North Carolina.
But your big day doesn't have to be boring. You can break free of routine and keep your guests engaged with these expert tips.
Be true to your own story.
"It's easy to follow the traditional wedding template without putting a lot of thought into it," admits Wright. "But once you start adding things that are important to you and your fiancé, the day becomes really personal." Perhaps, Wright suggests, you stray from your caterer's pre-made menu and ask him to whip up what you ate on your first date. Honor your engagement with a personalized cocktail hour, complete with signature drinks named to celebrate your proposal. "The sky is the limit when you make your wedding about your love story," says Wright. "Keep traditions, but don't be afraid to think outside of the box and make those traditions personal."
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Engage all of your guests' senses.
Sight, sound and taste aren't the only sensory tools with which you can toy. Starting with your invitations, tease your wedding aesthetic. "The texture and creativity of your paper suite allows you to spark an interest and curiosity in your event from your very first touch point," Wright says. Textured invitations "can create excitement for your wedding and suggest that your celebration is not going to be the status quo party that people are accustomed to attending."
Hire a talented wedding planner.
A professional can take your abstract ideas and bring them to life. She also knows what changes will make the biggest impact at your venue and with your vendors. For example, "altering something as simple as the lighting can keep your guests entertained and curious about what will happen next," Wright says.
Bottom line? "Surprise your guests at every turn," says Wright. "Plan your wedding sitting in your guests' chairs. You have invited them to celebrate one of the most important occasions in your life — make it unique, make it special, and let your guests know how much you love them. With those key points in mind, your wedding will never be boring."