instead of sending guests home with trinkets that'll likely sit around collecting dust, give them a treat they won't be able to resist digging into. We taste-tested dozens of ideas to find the best bets for your wedding. Here, check out 25+ crowd-pleasing favorites.
New York, New York in Las Vegas
Sure, there are still quickie weddings in Las Vegas, but these days, ceremonies here are totally bespoke. And you can really have your heart soar as you take the plunge! At the classic Vegas hotel New York, New York, couples can marry on the property’s epic rollercoaster. Pick your pleasure — get hitched on the loading platform before sealing it with a kiss on the coaster or swap vows in the front seat with your guests/passengers looking on. Either way, you’ll swoop, swirl and, yes, take the plunge high above Las Vegas’s infamous Strip (the Take the Plunge package starts at $600; newyorknewyork.com).
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It’s all about DIY, says Amy Atlas. “I’ve seen make-your-own pizza topping bars, mashed potato and French fry bars and pancake bars for the day-after brunch. On the dessert side, I’ve seen milkshake bars, popcorn bars, gelato and donut bars, and for drinks mimosa bars and end-of- the-night juice bars and coffee bars.”
Bar Design Basics
► Use fabulous furniture. Set your food or drinks on a gorgeous vintage dresser, a gleaming grand piano or on a rustic table to add a dazzling sense of design to your venue.
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What Brides Ask David:
Q: How can I make my wedding different and unique?
Set the scene
Think about bringing the outdoors in and vice versa as you envision your overall design: fresh flowers and greenery inside, comfortable places to perch and/or mingle outside. Play to the scale of your venue. Take advantage of soaring ceilings with hanging poms or lanterns. Keep the mood intimate with low benches and cozy seating arrangements. Country venues tend to be sprawling, with twists and turns galore. Signs pointing your guests in the right direction help ensure a smooth flow from ceremony to cocktails to reception. Consider the season: Spring and summer lend themselves to lush, garden themes; fall is the perfect time to bring in crisp autumn tones, along with pretty apples and pumpkins.
Mismatched chairs are the perfect partners to a farmhouse table. For centerpieces, display cottage-garden blooms in an earthenware crock.
A treasured vintage sepia-toned photograph was the jumping-off point for artist Kristy Rice of Momental Designs, who collaborated with Forevermore Events in St. George, UT to create this naturally stunning scenario. Sand Hollow Resort in Hurricane, UT, served as the venue; the backdrop, courtesy of Mother Nature!
“I’d long wanted to interpret sepia imagery: the tones, dreamy textures and filtered light of a vintage photograph, brought to life with soft-focus, charming details and pops of lush, rosy hues,” said Rice.
Vintage white-painted chairs pop against the backdrop's more subdued desert shades. The tablecloth was cut extra long, for better draping.
Treat Jar Escort Cards
Difficulty Rating: Easy
Direct guests to their seats in a sweet way with these Mason jar escort cards. Everyone is sure to appreciate treats to munch on throughout the night and the jar is a practical way for your guests to transport their leftovers home. Popcorn is an ideal snack. Set up a popcorn bar where guests can sprinkle their favorite toppings over their popped kernels, like butter, cheese, salt, rosemary, sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate, to name just a few. Other possibilities for filling up the Mason jars include candy, chocolates, marshmallows, cookies, or berries. Little sweets are sure to be a big hit at your wedding.