Photo by Emilia Jane Photography
Shooting the Proposal
Photo by W&E Photographie
Photo by YEAH! Weddings
Brady Bunch-Style Bridal Party Photos
Photo by Cynthia Chung
Stop-Motion Wedding Photo Film
Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher
Photo by Corbin Gurkin
Dreamy Film Images
Photo by VUE Photography
Father-Daughter First Looks
Photo by Alison Conklin Photography
Photo Booths with Social Media Integration
Photo by Pure 7 Studios
Showing Family Photographs
Photo by Candace Meyer
Photo by Falcusan Photography
Photo by Jonathan Canlas Photography
Casual Family Photos
Photo by Autumn Burke Photography
Photo by CJK Visuals
Of course your nuptials will be romantic for you and your partner no matter what, a stolen moment alone after dinner, your time with the photographer, and of course that whole ‘getting married’ part!
But how do you take your guests along for the ride, and let them feel as wrapped up in your wedding as you?
Check out our tips for upping the romance factor on your wedding day, and creating the kind of ambiance your guests will never forget…
1. All The Lights
Lighting is perhaps the one element that can transform the feel of your wedding instantly.
Whether you have a budget for lighting production, you speak to your venue about what they can offer or you simply reuse your fairy lights from Christmas, carefully considering how to best light your space, will work wonders on romancing your guests.
2. Valentine Vows
Your wedding ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the day, and is one of the parts where you can really guide the atmosphere.
Opting for really romantic ceremony readings, personal vows, and unique ideas like a family blessing of the rings, a hand-tying ceremony, planting a tree or lighting a unity candle, all add to the loving vibes. And get your guests involved from the start.
3. Scentscape Your Day
Scentscaping (yes, it’s a thing!) is a huge buzzword in luxury weddings, but can also be adapted on a budget for any big day. Smell is perhaps the most powerful sense for evoking emotion, but it’s often overlooked for weddings (understandably) in favour of food, music, and the look of the day.
Companies like Gemma Hopkins’, Design In Scent can create a gorgeous bespoke scent that will become the fragrance backdrop to your day. For a DIY version, think verbena candles, lavender centrepieces or freesia bouquets. A wedding that smells as good as it looks is steeped in romance!
4. Ambient Music
Of course at some point your guests are going to want to hit the dancefloor and Shake It Off to Taylor Swift. But before that, your wedding music can go a long way to setting the feel for your day.
Choose personal, un-cliched songs, with a dreamy feel for your ceremony, cocktail hour, over dinner, and for your first dance. You can even include some slow sets throughout the evening for the couples! (Check out our Valentine’s playlist for inspiration!)
5. A Romantic Feast
Your choice of food and how you serve it can be a big help in creating a romantic atmosphere at your wedding. We’re not saying you need to woo your guests with oysters and dark chocolate – though I’m sure they wouldn’t mind!
Avoid buffets, BBQs, sliders or street food, instead try elegant shared table dishes to get conversation flowing and guests dining in a more intimate fashion.
6. Love Seats
As with the catering, planning your tables to create an intimate, chatty atmosphere will absolutely amp up the romance at your wedding.
There’s something really special about long dining tables, that creates a closer, familiar feel over the more formal round variety or top table set-up. Choosing a sweetheart table will also give you and your other have a chance to have your own romantic dinner for two at your wedding.
7. A Wow Venue
Choose a romantic wedding venue, and all the hard work is done for you!
A medieval castle, a beautiful glasshouse, a pretty garden, or an atmospheric old church; take a stunning venue, add some candles (see below) and et voila, you’ve got yourself a seriously romantic setting.
8. A Touch of Whimsy
Photo by Ashley Ludaescher Photography
Sometimes your guests might feel more like they’re witnessing your romance than feeling it for themselves. But adding an element that’s fun and sweet, will soon get them involved in your day.
We love the idea of this balloon march from one venue to the next, (with a release at the end!), you could also have a waltz lesson, an open mic for toasts or some fun games to bring your guests together and feeling the love.
9. Copious Candles
Candles work magic in any room, even more so at a wedding. This is perhaps the most affordable way to add instant romance to your soiree.
Tealights can add the ambiance, and pillar candles in hurricanes or lanterns will look really stylish, but for full on romance, it has to be tall candelabras for a dramatic, gothic, feel.
Fireworks or Lanterns
Did you feel fireworks in your belly when you first met your other half? Why not share that feeling with your guests?
Launching sky lanterns, putting on a fireworks display, or having a sparkler sendoff adds serious sparkle to your wedding and ensures you finish your night on the most romantic note possible.
2. Graham Crackers
4. Wire Hangers
5. Cellophane Bags in 3 Sizes
6. Adhesive Paper and Cardstock
7. Labels and Instructions design (downloadable pdfs right here and here.)
8. Kraft Box with Lid 4.75″ x 6″ x 2.5″
12. Wire Cutter
Here at Occasions Bridal, we find the brides believe that the wedding gown is forever. This however is not so! In medieval times, royal marriages were of great political importance and were used to seal alliances between two countries. It was necessary for the preview to look magnificent in order to uphold the bride’s country as well as to impress the bridegroom’s country with their wealth and importance.
To do this, bridal gowns had as much material as they possibly could. Gowns were made of velvet, damask silk, satin, fur, and fabrics woven with threads of silver and gold. Colors would be rich-red, purple, and true black. Gowns might have had precious gems sewn in so the bride would glitter and flash in the sunlight.
During this time the poor bride’s gown would be linen or fine wool. Gowns with flowing sleeves or a train were big status symbols.
The traditional gown as we know it today appeared in the late 18th century. By 1900 the white dress with a veil was the gown to wear. In 1840, Queen Victoria chose a white dress with lace, making it a virtual rule. She was the first royal bride to have bridesmaids carry her train.
See what influence royalty had?