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1. Include an "About the Wedding Party" section in your programs or on the reception tables for your guests to learn more about the members of your bridal party. Not everyone will know that you and your Maid of Honor have been best friends since preschool.
2. Set small photo albums, notecards and a disposable camera at each table. Create a sign asking each guest to write some words of wisdom on the notecards and put the card into the photo album. Make sure they take a photo of everyone at the table. After the wedding you can combine the notecard on the same page as the photograph and you'll have a special keepsake of every guest at your wedding.
3. Write special love quotes on the inside of everyone's place cards.
4. Be sure to have your parents and married siblings first dances played at the reception- and make sure the DJ or band recognizes them when its played!
5. Write a letter to your mom and dad and have it waiting for them at their seat during the ceremony. It could be about anything: a thank you, how you hope your marriage turns out like theirs, your gratitude everything they have done for you, etc. They will be so touched and honored that you took the time to arrange for this and you'll have them in tears before you begin to walk down the aisle!
6. Race through a tunnel of swords, hockey sticks, ski poles, baseball bats, golf clubs, sparklers or boat oars for a different grand exit.
7. Looking for a unique alternative to "clinking glasses" at your wedding reception? Announce to your guests that in order for you to kiss, they must stand up and tell a story, or share a memory, about either you or your fiance, or about you as a couple. Then get ready to reminisce, to laugh, and to brush away tears. Your guests will be kept entertained and you'll have so many more special memories of your big day to look back upon.
8. For a more sentimental approach (or in addition to the previous ideas), compose a slideshow containing pictures of you and your sweetheart growing up until you get to the present. (If you would rather be surprised with the outcome, perhaps your mom or your bridesmaids would compile it.)
9. All married couples take the dance floor, as the music plays and couples dance the DJ asks couple who have been married for less than 5 hours to sit. Than he asks couple less than 1 year, than 5 years....and so on until the couple that has been married the longest is left standing. Have the DJ announce how long they have been married.
10. We plan on passing out small taper candles with our names and the date of our wedding printed on the candle to our guests in attendance. Once we've lit the unity candle, we will walk down to the guests and "pass off" the flame until all the candles in the room are lit.