Realistically, the only thing you need to have at your wedding are you, your spouse, and your officiant. But, if you’re here reading this, we have a feeling you might want a few other things included in your wedding day, too. When we think about the best weddings, there are a couple things they have in common:
- they’re highly personal and reflective of the couple
- everyone enjoys themselves
Seems simple, right? After a year of planning and thinking through all of the little details (and there are a whole lot of little details), there’s no greater feeling than walking away from your wedding day knowing that it was a day designed entirely around your love (aside from the feeling of finally being married, of course!). And there’s no better compliment than hearing from your guests that it was the best wedding they’ve been to.
There are hundreds of beautiful hill country weddings every single year, but a beautiful wedding without personality isn’t the goal. The goal is to create your dream day. To create a day that you and your guests will talk about for years to come. To create an entire day jam packed with memories that can’t be distilled down into one simple thing that made it the best, but rather the experience as a whole is what made it so great. And to do that, you need 5 things:
Taste, Touch, Scent, Sight, and Sound.
Yup, the 5 things your wedding needs are for all five senses to be intentionally thought out and planned.
When you utilize all five sense when wedding planning, a few different things are accomplished. First, it allows you to customize your big day on multiple levels. This ensures that you get the most unique possible day and that it will be completely reflective of who you are as a couple. Second, it creates an immersive experience without leaving anything to chance – because let’s be honest, Texas weather is wild enough, we don’t need anything else to be wondering about. If you think about your strongest memories and best experiences, you can normally touch on at least 2 or 3 of the senses that make that moment in time stand out to you. When you intentionally combine all 5, it makes it easier to relive the moment. Finally, when everyone around you is happy, that happiness is contagious. There are likely a lot of different people with very different personalities and preferences at your wedding. No one is going to be exactly like the two of you, it’s why you’re such a perfect match for one another, but if they’re at your big day they probably have a couple of things in common with you. If you plan with all 5 senses, you’re pretty much guaranteed to hit on at least one thing that they enjoy, creating a more positive experience for them. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – your wedding day is about you and what you want it to be, but if your guests are enjoying themselves, you’re likely to enjoy yourselves that much more, too.
So, how do you utilize each of the senses?
Taste is interesting because it’s one of the senses that is most directly planned out with weddings, but couples often don’t realize how big of a role it can play in the overall wedding design. It’s not just about what you serve for dinner. Taste also includes cocktail hour, drinks, your wedding cake, and any other extras (like late night snacks) that you want to include on your wedding day. SO many options. When it comes to intentionally including taste in your wedding day, there are two factors: personal preferences and having options. You’re never going to please every single person with food at your wedding day, so when it’s possible having multiple options – like two signature drinks instead of one – is a great way to make people feel more included. Beyond that though, if you’re already serving food you might as well make an active effort to choose food that’s reflective of who you are. Whether it’s inspired by where you ate on your first date, something you enjoy cooking together, or even just your all time favorite cake flavor, serve food that you enjoy and let people know why you chose it.
On the flip side, touch is probably the least intuitive of the senses when thinking about wedding planning. On the most simple level, touch refers to the textures that your guests encounter during your wedding day, from the antique wood pews in the chapel to the paper you print your invitations on. Adding in different textures, like materials in your wedding day attire, napkins on the tables, and glass chargers are all ways to keep adding layers to give different touch points. While most of these build naturally as you design your day, there are two major way you can intentionally include touch: utilizing the fire pit and lounge furniture. The fire pit is literally filled with warmth and gives people a place to enjoy. Similarly, lounge areas are not only inherently filled with texture, but they’re also an inviting, comfortable space that your guests can kick back and get cozy in.
If you’ve read our blog post about how to take your wedding day home with you, you’ve heard us talk about this before. Scent is, by far, one of the most powerful triggers for memories. Being intentional in how you scent your wedding day – from using fragrant flowers to food smells to the perfume you wear – means you can recreate that scent outside of your wedding day and bring it to life again. That’s special. Beyond that, though, there are specialty scents that you can add to create moments during your wedding day. Things like cigar bars, flower crown stations, coffee served with the cake, late night popcorn, a cotton candy spinner – the list goes on and on. Think of special moments or things you like to do together and see if one of those can creatively spark a scent to add to your day.
The most immersive of all the senses with wedding planning, sight comes into play with every single design aspect of your big day. If you’re getting married at The Chandelier, you already have a huge leg up with sight because we work so hard to keep the property visually pleasing for guests. While a lot of sight things are subtle and come together on the whole, there are a couple of things you can add for greater impact. Floral installations give guests somewhere to focus and create a wow statement. Personalized signs provide a one-of-a-kind view. Dance floor lighting builds atmosphere. Everything you plan is beautiful, but some things are truly special.
Band? DJ? Both? Wherever your sounds are coming from on your wedding day, make sure it’s music that you love. We’ve done an entire blog post about why music is so important to customize on your wedding day, so you can read about it here if you’re looking for more, but take the time to choose song