First off, we’d have to say it’s the look on the bride and groom’s faces. If you’re blissfully happy to be getting hitched, then you’re going to radiate a wonderful atmosphere and that’s sure to be a talking point. That aside, you’ll want the ‘look’ of your wedding day to reflect your personality and individual taste.
So here are a few items that different brides have used to achieve the wow factor at their weddings.
An amazing wedding cake
We love this photograph sent to us by Cakeypigg.com who made this specially commissioned wedding cake for a couple. The groom had proposed on the steps of the Sacre Coeur in Paris and the resulting cake was a detailed scale model of the building that stood a stunning 3.5 feet tall when completed. The bride and groom were dressed as accurately as possible, including the wedding gown, the groom’s patterned waistcoat and the bride’s hairstyle!
If you enjoy baking yourself and fancy making some cupcakes for your wedding day, you can give them the wow factor by attending a specialist cupcake decorating masterclass to give them a professional touch. You could make such an impressive display your guests won’t believe you made them yourself! Try companies like The Gourmet Cupcake Company who run day-long courses providing all the equipment you need.
Instead of offering your guests a plated dessert, why not set up a stunning table of mini desserts and sweets (because everybody has different tastes when it comes to puddings)? We love this fully styled sweet dessert table created by The Sweet Stylist for a peacock-themed wedding at Northbrook Park. Guests were treated to delicious individual confections and helped themselves to colour co-ordinated sweets. It was a real talking point of the wedding apparently.
Creative transport ideas
If you have a friend who has an amazing car you could ask them to drive you from the celebration venue to the reception. One forum bride actually hired a ‘film star’ car. “We had the replica car from Back to the Future make an appearance at our reception,” says Mrs W. “My hubby and guests weren’t expecting it and their reactions make me very sure it was a wow moment!”
Having a service in a town centre church can make parking a bit of a problem for some guests. Get round this and add to your wow factor by hiring a Route Master bus to take your guests to the ceremony and then back to the venue afterwards. Everybody will get in the party spirit from the moment they jump aboard, so the atmosphere in your celebration will be buzzing from the off.
Depending on your budget, you could hire a couple of celebrity lookalikes to mingle with your guests during the pre-reception drinks. There’ll be a lot of mutterings of “are they or aren’t they” and it’s a great ice breaker. Your guests will also enjoy having their photographs taken with lookalikes!
If you get the era right, hiring a tribute band for your wedding reception is a great way of getting everybody dancing. We’d say go for a band who plays tunes that everybody will enjoy. That’s certain to give your wedding a wow factor.
A star venue
Finally, your venue itself could also be a real talking point on your wedding day. Depending on the number of guests you’re planning to entertain, you can hire some spectacular wedding venues (and they aren’t all expensive). How about getting married on board a ship moored in London, somewhere like the HMS President? Or if you’re having a small select gathering you could even get married in a lighthouse, like this one at Dungeness in Kent.
Expecting to have a lot of kids at your wedding? Then how about holding it at a museum filled with dinosaurs! You could hire The Great North Museum in Newcastle and keep the children entertained for hours!
Giving your wedding the wow factor just needs a bit of thought and not necessarily a whole load of money. Think through every aspect – from your stationery, food, venue, décor and decide on how you’re going to achieve it your way!
If you’re still looking for amazing ways to give your big day the wow factor our Wedding Planning section is full of amazing ideas to help plan your incredible celebration.