The "Wow" Factor

It would be great if you could turn your entire wedding wish list into reality, but in this tough economic climate it’s not always easy to do. So rather than trying to get everything perfect, couples are striving for a more realistic goal: making just one detail of their wedding so memorable that guests will be talking about it for years to come. I like to call this the “wow” factor.

Russell and Alix hired two San Francisco Opera Company singers to sing “All I Ask of You” at their ceremony.  At Debbie and Sherman’s wedding, Chinese Lion Dancers led the guests from the backyard ceremony to cocktails in the front yard. (Another couple, Julie and Ryan, also had Chinese Lion Dancers at their reception, and they used photos of the “show” on their thank-you cards!) Creative mood lighting transformed a local community hall into a romantic setting for Adam and Carol’s reception.

Julie Go and Ryan Chew's Wedding, photo courtesy of Dorothy Hatchel PhotographyThe best part? These were normal, budget-conscious couples who made the decision to splurge on just one part of their wedding. None of the above examples cost more than $1,000, but these out-of-the-box ideas made their guests murmur “wow” every time.

Some other ways to wow your guests:

A solo saxophonist playing as you walk down the aisle.

A fabulous walking illusionist like Rich Ferguson entertaining your guests during your cocktail hour.

A bagpiper leading the groom and his party down the aisle or playing as the sun sets at your vineyard or beach wedding.

A Polynesian dance troop giving your guests a heart-pounding dinner show they’ll never forget.

A bell choir performing at a Christmas wedding ceremony.

A video montage of your love story that ends with the first strains of your “first dance” song, and a spotlight shining on you as your MC announces, “Ladies and Gentleman, dancing their first dance as husband and wife…”

What do you want your guests to say “wow” to?

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