Your wedding is the best day of your life! You’ll laugh, cry, dance and have the best time ever imaginable. Brides and grooms love to WOW and surprise their guests; no one wants a simple cookie-cutter wedding! Here are some outstanding ways to make a lasting impression on your guests.
For cocktail hour, offer alcohol samplings by an expert. Your guests can taste wine, liquor, and champagne. Or, serve one specialty signature cocktail. Pick something that defines your journey as a couple.
Champagne is delicious, but it is even better with additions like citrus or fruit. Place options on the tables so your guests can customize their champagne toast drinks.
Create a beautiful lounge area for your reception. Set up some couches and pillows as a space for your guests to relax between dance songs and still have a party atmosphere. Don’t forget soft lighting!
Ask your reception venue if they have ushers available to walk the guests to their table. This creates a swankified atmosphere
Seating can at times be awkward and hard to determine. On each table, place a sign that shows the relation between the guests at the table. Show the guests that you took time to think about who they would enjoy and what they have in common. This is a great conversation icebreaker as well!
If your guests are staying at a hotel, offer transportation from the hotel to the ceremony, reception and back again. Some cool ideas include a trolley, a yellow school bus, or a double decker bus.
For those guests staying in the hotel, leave fun welcome bags. Make sure they are personalized and add things such as a gift certificate to the closest coffee shop, a map with directions to the wedding and reception, and a list of local sights they may enjoy.
Favors can be so generic sometimes. Offer items that will stand out in their minds. For outdoor ceremonies, sunglasses and sunscreen are not only practical, but great for photo ops. Leave a basket of flip flops for those who want to take off those high heels on the dance floor. Think outside the box and put yourself in your guests’ shoes. What would you appreciate?
If children are welcome at the reception, they might get tired out during the event. Hire two or three babysitters and put them in a room with toys and items for children. The kids can opt to unwind in the kid room (or area) instead of with the adults.
Guests love the first dance. Why not make it exciting? Do a remix and show off your dance moves. Take a ballroom dancing course and amaze your guests. Learn a dance routine, like from Dirty Dancing, and perform away!
Another fun idea for the first dance is to have Confetti Blowers. A favorite look is all white Tissue Corkscrewswhich spiral downward mixed with silver and gold metallic Flutter FETTI. Your family and friends will be enthralled as the FETTI flutters, flies, and floats downward creating a beautiful “upscale” special effect!
Change your appearance for your reception. Purchase a reception dress that is easier to dance in. Let your hair down, change your makeup, and use your imagination!
People of all ages love a photo booth. Give your guests fun props to use and send them copies of their photos.
Get your wedding party or family in on a choreographed dance. If you can convince your dad or grandfather to perform a dance and show off his impressive moves, you’re sure to induce some belly laughs!
Guests love fun and unique snack foods. As the party progresses through the evening, offer candy bars, a taco bar, an ice cream bar, or a waffle bar! The possibilities are endless.
The team at Flutter FETTI is here to customize your confetti and streamer needs to make your wedding stunningly spectacular! Contact one of our confettiologists toll-free at (877) 321-1999 for personalized service on just the right products to use at your reception.
Beautiful addition to the Wedding! We ordered this for our daughter’s April wedding. I had discovered it just weeks before the date. Our Flutter FETTI came in fast and it was perfectly packaged. It was a beautiful addition to the bride and groom’s exit. We thought about bubbles… takes too long and is messy. We thought about bird seed… but wasn’t sure how it would clean up. When I found this… we were excited. The pieces are nice enough to make clean up a breeze. We custom ordered our colors… and it was gorgeous. Haven’t gotten our pictures yet… but the photographer has already said the confetti made the difference. She had never shot it before and said she would recommend it. We have already recommended this to all our friends.
Rustic chic has become a popular choice for wedding themes. The back to nature, understated simplicity is perfect for those loving couples whose idea of bliss is sipping from mason jars in their cowboy boots. The theme also fits the elegant minimalist couple who believe that the focus of a wedding should be on their family, friends, and everlasting love instead of opulent and often unnecessary expenses.
It’s as easy as Mom’s home baked pie to create a rustic feel that is chic while still charming! The Flutter FETTI Team has some exciting ideas for making your rustic chic wedding a dream.
When you are going for a rustic chic wedding theme, flowers are an important aspect to consider. Your flowers should be whimsical and natural, perhaps wildflowers, baby’s breath, or clusters of daisies. The bouquets can be tied with garden twine or jute rope and the table arrangements can be vintage mason jars, either clear or tinted, in a variety of colors to suit your them.
Celebrations that shower the bride and groom as they exit the church or ceremony location are the perfect place to set the tone for the rest of the wedding celebration. Instead of handing your guests little bottles of bubbles or packets of petals or rice, why not consider using one of our various sized confetti launchers to celebrate the newly wedded couple! One option is to give every guest a 6″ hand held confetti launcher filled with white, biodegradable tissue confetti to send into the air as the happy couple passes by them.
Shorter tea length dresses that show off western boots provide just the right amount of sass for the bridal party. Perhaps even include cowboy hats, either the entire wedding party could wear them or just the groomsmen. Another option is casual sundresses with simple sandals (or no shoes at all)!
You want the décor to look perfect on your big day. A fantastic and inexpensive choice is getting bales of hay for your location and using them as extra seating. Hay bales can also be put to use as a place to hold flowers, chalkboard seating charts, gifts and cards or your guest book.
For an evening wedding outdoors, hang mason jars filled with votives (either real or the LED variety) on low hanging tree branches. This look creates a magical atmosphere that’s also incredible in photos! Get creative and use barrels, wood pallets, galvanized accents, and re-purposed farm implements as unique touches to your reception location.
Decorate your ceremony with fabrics like burlap, linen, calico, and lace. Birch wrapped accents and wooden aisle signs add a finishing touch. One cute ceremony idea is using a ring pillow that is made out of burlap or even a small bird’s nest to hold the ring! You could also have the flower girl wearing a crown of flowers or ivy while walking down the aisle for a lovely rustic touch.
Wedding Party Transportation
A limo seems out of place at a rustic wedding. Try some other options such as a hayride, a vintage pickup truck, or even a horse drawn wagon. Don’t forget to add a special send off when the bride and groom are leaving the reception! Our 18″ airless launchers half filled with custom colored metallic streamers are a gorgeous effect for outdoor use. These streamers are very easy to clean up, and in fact, they’re so pretty that guests may pick save them as a wedding souvenir! Our airless confetti launchers provide an exciting send off to bring the wedding to a close.
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6” Wedding Confetti “Hand Flick” Launcher -Custom ColorPerfect for our outdoor wedding! The confetti fluttered perfectly! It was a fun touch to our recessional and made for some great pics!
18” Airless Confetti “Hand Flick” Launcher with Tissue ConfettiThese were perfect for my daughter’s wedding! Such a beautiful sendoff!!! Perfection!
14” Flutter FETTI Confetti SticksPurchased these for a wedding send off. Saw at a previous wedding and thought it was a great idea. Pictures turned out beautiful with the confetti. Great looking product and very fast shipping. Would order again and recommend to others!
You know, here at Flutter FETTI, we’re always looking for new ways to help you make sure your event is unforgettable. Spectacular in every way. It’s in our DNA! No, really, it is. Our company continues the legendary spirit and unmatchable enthusiasm of our founder, the world’s first ever confettiologist, Jim Watkins.
Recently, we have seen some brilliantly original alternatives to the traditional wedding guestbook that we wanted to share with you. Of course, you wouldn’t want to abandon the guestbook. Not only does it provide you with rich memories of the happy day in years to come, it also honors your guests by providing them with a chance to participate in a lasting memento of the occasion. So, it’s a must-have for your wedding – but you want some inspiration to make sure your “guestbook” is a showstopper?
We’ve got you covered. Check out these great alternatives we found:
Message in a Bottle
Could anything be more romantic, or evocative, than a message in a bottle? You’ll need a good-sized, (preferably hand-blown) glass bottle, and a wooden or metal stand that holds it in a horizontal position. It’s also good to illuminate it – consider a desk lamp that can be adjusted to provide light from a low angle, to bring out the beauty of the glass. Provide guests with some old-fashioned writing paper and a fountain pen to write their names on. They can then carefully tear the “message” out and pop it in the bottle – very theatrical, and a beautiful memento for years to come!
This is a great option if you’ve decided to have an intimate, inner-circle-only wedding. With fewer guests, filling a whole guestbook is not an option. Choose a commemorative plate – if you have time, you can get it specially painted with your names and even your portraits – then equip guests with a sharp-tipped permanent marker to sign their names around the rim or across the center. Voila – you have an instant classic – something you can hang on a wall, display in a cabinet, place on a mantelpiece over the fireplace, or anywhere that takes your fancy!
Personalized & Signed Frame
What could be a better memento of your special day than a framed picture, signed by everyone that was there to share the experience with you? You’ll need a broad, flat frame, and a sharp-tipped permanent marker. You may want to include an engagement picture within the frame so that guests more quickly understand the concept.
Large “Alphabet” Style Letter
A great choice if you have lots of guests. You can choose the first letter of your last name or another letter (or even a number) that has significance for you and your partner. Again, you’ll need a permanent marker. Test first on a small inconspicuous area to ensure that the surface is easy to write on and will not smudge, tear, or blot. The finished article can be hung on a wall, stood on a shelf or lit up with a strategically-placed spotlight – the choice is yours!
For this, a trip to a local stream will be needed. Choose enough smooth stones to allow for all of your guests, plus a few more just in case! Don’t have a stream nearby? Stop by your local craft supply store for vase filler stones. Depending on your preference, you may wish to choose all dark colored stones, all pale ones, or a mixture of both. Next, you will need a strong container to hold them all. You may choose a fruit basket, a serving tray, or an old-fashioned metal filing drawer as shown in this example. Guests will need a white “paint” type marker pen, (yes, they are available!) to write their name if you’re using dark colored stones, or a normal permanent marker if you are using light colored ones. The beauty of this option is the rich number of ways you will be able to use and display the memento of your wedding in the future. Paperweights, windowsill decorations – whether together or spread apart, you will have a priceless reminder of all the happy memories for years to come.
We hope you enjoyed this article, and that it has sparked some more ideas for you. What other creative alternatives to wedding guestbooks have you experienced? Why not share with us in the comments below?
Planning your reception playlist? From the first to the last dance, the Flutter FETTI Team has put together a must have music list including 20 of the top wedding songs of 2015. If we missed your favorite, PLEASE leave a comment! Let’s keep this thread rolling with your favorite songs!
First Dance Songs
The first dance is a moment that will be cherished forever. Wedding guests watch with delight as the newlyweds take to the floor for the first time. These first dance songs are not only easy on the ears, but speak sweetly from the heart.
Etta James “At Last”
Bruno Mars “Marry You”
John Legend “All of Me”
Ed Sheeran “Thinking Out Loud”
Norah Jones “Come Away with Me”
2015 Chart Topper Party Songs
These are the songs that rocked the charts and are definitely considered some of the top wedding songs of 2015. Add these chart toppers to your reception playlist and you’re sure to have a packed dance floor.
Walk the Moon “Shut Up and Dance”
Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX “Fancy”
Maroon 5 “Sugar”
Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”
Taylor Swift “Shake it Off”
Classic Party Songs
Take a trip down memory lane and go “old school” with some classic party songs that will delight all of your guests. Everyone knows the words and moves and loves to be a part of the party action.
Village People “YMCA”
Neil Diamond “Sweet Caroline”
The Isley Brothers “Shout”
Mr. C the Slide Man “The Cha-Cha Slide”
Kool and the Gang “Celebration”
Last Dance Songs
As the evening comes to a close, finish it with the perfect refrain. These last dance songs will end your celebration on a high note.
Donna Summer “Last Dance”
Bill Medley / Jennifer Warnes “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”
The Spaniels “Goodnight Sweetheart”
Cascada “Evacuate the Dance Floor”
Semisonic “Closing Time”
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So those are the songs on our wedding shortlist. What about yours? Share your favorite wedding song in the comments below. Tell us how you plan to (or did) use it at your wedding!
Bye bye boring wedding receptions! No more worries about guests sitting silently as they wait for dinner or their favorite song. The Flutter FETTI Team has curated some fabulously fun wedding reception ideas to break the ice and get the party started!
Prevent Your Guests From Clanging Glasses
Your weddings guests want to see you kiss. It’s a lovely celebration and what a better time for a kiss than at your wedding reception? However, after the 10th kiss in 2 minutes you realize you’ve become a slave to the clanging. We all know the old tradition was for guests to bang their glasses with flatware as an audible request for the bride and groom to kiss. CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! YUCK! Brides everywhere are looking for a fun new alternative to this old tradition.
Let’s slow things down a bit and make each kiss a little more meaningful! You can inform your guests with an announcement from the MC that “In lieu of banging our forks against our glasses, if you would like the newlywed couple to kiss, you must…”
…stand up and provide some meaningful marriage advice – if the crowd deems it worthy, the bride and groom will kiss.
…show the bride and groom how it’s done by coming up in front of the main table and kissing your mate – the bride and groom will outdo all of you!
…stand up and make a short toast to the bride or groom
Outdoor wedding receptions are the perfect venue to invite your guests to “Come Play with Us”. Lots of wedding planners and brides that purchase our wedding confetti ask us about fun wedding reception ideas for the great outdoors. During the al fresco cocktail reception, guests can get to know each other through a friendly lawn game or two. “Life-sized” jenga and chess, along with bocce ball, corn hole, and croquet create an entertaining and easy going atmosphere. Just be sure to have someone in charge of getting people involved or, depending on tour crowd, that stuff might just sit there.
Just Say “Confetti!”
Guests want to have fun! A fabulous time will be had by all as a confetti frenzy erupts on the dance floor. Before the reception, pick a certain dance song that’s sure the get guests on their feet. Then plan to have the wait staff bring confetti sticks out on trays as your DJ or Band Leader lets everyone know how and when to use them. As the special song plays, guests will fill the air with a captivating confetti frenzy.
Wedding Guest Libs
Remember how cool it was playing Mad Libs? We’ve got an _______ (insert adjective for awesome) way to bring that fun to your wedding. Create customized “Guest Libs” with fill in the blank wedding advice for the bride and groom. Family and friends can complete each card while they wait for dinner and leave them in the “Suggestion Box”.
The Flutter FETTI Team is here to help make your wedding spectacular! Do you have something fun planned for your wedding? Maybe a friend of yours had something really unique at their wedding? Share it in the comments below!
Searching for a modern alternative to the traditional wedding cake? Couples are thinking outside of the (cake) box for creative yet tasty options that reflect their personalities. Whether served by your caterer or set up at the buffet, these creative wedding cake alternatives will certainly stand out! Not only are these unique and memorable, they are usually easier on your budget. With the popularity of sites like The Knot and Pinterest, gone are the days when a huge expensive wedding cake was a must have. Take advantage of these great ideas and have some fun with them!
This deep fried tower of deliciousness is a popular pick for an unconventional wedding cake. Customize the icing, fillings, colors, and flavors of the donuts to match your wedding locale. There are so many ideas to run with, from elegant lavender frosted treats accented with roses to fun themes with bursts of color! Donut cakes are easy to do on your own, but if you want a more sophisticated feel, many bakeries will come up with a unique and elegant presentation.
Cake pops are one of the most fun and frugal creative wedding cake alternatives for brides and grooms. Personalize with various colors and flavors that complement the theme of your wedding. From fancy white and silver glittered confections for a traditional reception, to dark fudge brownie bites drizzled in caramel for an outdoor autumn wedding in a barn. Display options range from intricate cascading towers to the more easily executed displays of bundles in vases.
Cupcakes are a fun and fashionable alternative to the traditional tiered cake. These treats are an excellent choice for themed weddings because of easy and individual personalization. For example, sugar blossoms, shimmer dust, and edible flower topped cupcakes are the perfect combination for a garden themed wedding. If you have a friend or family member who is a great baker, enlist their help in pulling off a cupcake tower to save money. That can be their wedding gift to you! If you want a more professional feel and hands off solution, contact your local bakery for a quote. At Sprinkles Bakery (multiple locations across the country), you can place an advance cupcake order online or by phone for pickup or delivery!
With literally hundreds of flavor and filling options, these French meringue-based confections are a tres chic choice. Maple Bacon, White Chocolate Basil and Nutella macaroons are just a sampling of the flavors offered at Gaby et Jules in Squirrel Hill, PA (they ship Nationwide). Treat your guests to a double helping by giving out macaroon favor boxes! Let your imagination and taste buds soar with mouthwatering ganache, buttercream or jam fillings.
This unique and decadent approach to your typical wedding cake allows you and your guests to try multiple flavors. Originating in France in the 1920’s, these elegant and delectable treats would be well suited alternative for an extravagant wedding. Truffles are well-loved favors and can be given in theme coordinating boxes that double as place cards.
Whether you have serve full size cheesecakes or mini cheesecake bites, this option is a great alternative to flour based pastries. The possibilities are endless. Cheesecakes are easy to make gluten free! Why not try a cheesecake bite bar? Set out several options of cheesecake bites, accompanied by a variety of drizzles and sauces. Let your guests come up with their own flavor combinations!
Strawberry Shortcake in Jars
Perfect for a rustic outdoor wedding, these are easy to distribute and the jars can double as favors! Use the lids as place cards and your guests have a cute and useful token of your special day. Wicked Good Cupcakes has perfected the art of the jarred dessert. You can contact them for a custom quote on the gorgeous “favor and dessert” treats!
New Year’s Eve is known for its fun and festive atmosphere and for the celebration of new beginnings. It’s the perfect time to exchange your vows and ring in the New Year as a married couple! While June tends to be one of the most popular months for weddings, the Flutter FETTI Team is seeing a New Year’s Eve wedding trend. Make your wedding the party of the year with one of these five fabulous New Year’s Eve wedding ideas:
1. Resolution Table Numbers
Instead of traditional table numbers, switch it up with “Resolution Numbers”. Each table will be labeled with a Resolution Number and a resolution. For example, Resolution No. 6 “May we find love, laughter and happily ever after.” Write your own resolutions or use some of your favorite quotes.
2. Mini Champagne Wedding Favors
Nothing says New Year’s Eve like champagne! Your guests will absolutely love mini champagne bottles as their wedding favor. Print up and attach cards that say, “Pop, Fizz, Drink”, “Drink Me”, or a simple “Thank You”. Add a paper straw tied on with coordinating ribbon – mix it up with polka dot, chevron, and striped straws in black and white or gold and white. Cheers to the happy couple!
3. Create a Confetti Bar
The excitement builds as the countdown gets closer. Picture the clock striking midnight and your guests joyously showering you with elegant confetti. The moment will not only be breathtaking, but a fabulous photo opportunity. Create your very own Confetti Bar by setting up a table specifically for (you guessed it) confetti! Use loose confetti to scatter around the table and to fill various sized decorative glass jars, hang a “Confetti Bar” sign or banner above the table, and lay out confetti launchers along with a framed instruction guide. Couples love using an assortment of our FETTI Launchers at their Confetti Bar. Options include our 14” “Hand Flick” FETTI Launcher filled with white corkscrews in a gold holographic wrapped tube, our 6” Wedding “Hand Flick” Confetti Launcher with all white confetti in an elegant filigree decorated tube, and our 14” Confetti Sticks with white tissue and silver metallic Flutter FETTI in a silver holographic wrapped tube. As guests enter the reception, have your ushers make sure that everyone knows about and visits the Confetti Bar. If you’re having a band or DJ, they can also make an announcement about when and how to use the FETTI launchers. It’s a wonderful way for everyone to be a part of the big day!
4. Picture Your Future – Photo Booth Fun
Guests can ham it up in your wedding photo booth. Create a sign outside of the booth that says “Picture Your Future”. Place a variety of cardstock New Year’s Eve themed props (the props are attached to wooden rods to hold) for guests to use for the ultimate photo booth fun. Use props like hats, champagne glasses, Happy New Year signs, mustaches, bow ties, and horns. Glitter makes the props even more glam!
5. Champagne Cork Place Card Holders
Conventional place cards be gone! Your champagne cork place card holders tie in marvelously with your New Year’s Eve wedding theme. You can make these place cards by carefully scoring a horizontal line with an x-acto knife. Make sure that your cut is deep enough to hold the name card in place. Ask friends and family to collect their bubbly corks or talk to your local restaurant about saving them.
Planning a New Year’s Eve Wedding? What other ideas are you including in your big day (and night)? Share with the Flutter FETTI Community in the comments below.
After your event is complete, clean-up is as easy as 1, 2, 3! When people think of traditional confetti, they imagine “a total mess” (and they’re right). But with Flutter FETTI confetti and streamers, clean-up is quick and simple indoors or out. Flutter FETTI sweeps up very easily or it can even be blown into a corner with a leaf blower and swept like tree leaves into a bag (genius!).
To top it off, all of our tissue confetti is biodegradable and flame-retardant. Not all products on the market today are flame retardant…UNLESS you buy them from The Flutter Fetti Fun Factory. At our own expense, all of our tissue and metallic film are dipped in a flame-retardant bath before processing.
But don’t take our word for it, our customers’ sing the praises of Flutter FETTI’s easy clean up…
“Beautiful ending and the children loved them so much, they scooped them all up. No Mess : ) Quick Ship and worked great!”
“Best Wedding Exit Ever! Lauren’s evening Wedding Exit “turned out absolutely perfect being showered with confetti! Our venue also loved it because it was biodegradable! So much fun and our guests loved it”
After a 5,000 Audience Member Event, Katie shared with the Flutter FETTI Team:
“These 18″ Airless Confetti Launcher with Metallic Streamers in Custom Colors were a great hit at a big event with over 5,000 audience members…they were the perfect effect without too much cleanup. Additionally, they are easy to use, which means no waste or mistakes.”
Flutter FETTI Confetti Is Different
Did you know Flutter FETTI differs from the rest of confetti on the market? Traditional confetti is made from hole punch discards from paper companies, basically a byproduct. Flutter FETTI is manufactured specifically to be a floating confetti effect. Due to its rectangular, aerodynamic shape, it virtually defies gravity as it floats, flutters, and flies slowly toward earth.
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