10 Ways to Make Your Wedding Fun!


A big congratulations on your engagement! Now comes the fun part – planning your perfect day. On the list of wedding “do’s” and “don’ts”, a big “do” is making your wedding enjoyable for your guests. Add a few of these ideas to ensure that your wedding day is a blast!

a2ec1e718b671573a81fbab189120436Hire a Food Truck for a Late-Night Snack: Looking for a sure-fire way to excite your guests? Bring in a food truck for your late night snack! Your guests will be ready for a little more food after dancing and drinking and you don’t want to send them home with an empty stomach. Click here for a  list of food trucks in the Denver area.

Leave Advice Cards on the Dinner Tables: This is a great way to get your guests involved in your celebration and a great way to get some valuable marriage advice from your friends and family! On each advice card give a prompting question, such as, “What should we name our kids?” Or, “What makes for a successful marriage?” Don’t be afraid to incorporate funny questions!

20bdb5bb2ab960ff5b028b5659208d67Think Beyond Cake… Dessert Bar: Spice up your dessert by providing a wide selection of sweet treats. In other words, go all out and have a dessert bar! Include a variety of goodies to satisfy any sweet tooth, such as: donuts, cupcakes, brownies, s’mores, candies, truffles—really anything you want. Your dessert bar can double as wedding favors if you include goodie bags/boxes at the station so your guests can take some treats home.

Serve Adult Treats: A great way to kick off your reception party is to serve adult treats, aka spiked treats! For a summer wedding, alcoholic shaved ice would be a refreshing way to get your guests in the mood to dance. And, for a winter wedding, hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps will keep your guests warm and happy.

e0700ebbad24267821ebed366db84dc3Add an Element of Surprise: A great way to entertain your guests is to keep them on their toes. You could surprise your guests by bringing in wild entertainment, such as a circus act complete with fire blowers and contortionists. Or, you could wow your guests with a choreographed performance by you and the groom (and the whole wedding party if you want to go big!). Your surprise could be simple and sweet, such as a serenade from you to your groom—this one is great because it surprises your groom too!

Place song request cards on tables or include “song request” on your RSVP card: Advice cards and song request cards are great icebreakers for guests sitting at the same table—this prompts guests to share their advice and song choice and makes for a fun atmosphere among guests. With song request cards, your guests will be encouraged to get out on the dance floor if their song or a tablemate’s song comes on!

1457705_736538823027771_66186845_nIncorporate Family or Regional Traditions/Customs: Incorporating customs or traditions into your wedding makes your celebration unique and personal and may be something that your guests have never seen before. If you don’t have any family traditions or cultural customs, try to incorporate something that is meaningful to you and your groom. This could be a symbolic gesture such as blending sands at your ceremony or it could be something playful such as having your dog be your ring bearer. Anything that adds a personal touch to your ceremony or reception will make the guests feel more connected to you and the groom.

515cb1eb96a87f6519dc22a27093327cProvide Transportation: If you want your wedding to feel like a party to your guests then make sure that you provide transportation after the reception. This way your guests will be able to let loose and enjoy a few cocktails without having to worry about driving home.

Relax and Have Fun: If your guests see you smiling and having a blast, then they will do the same. You have hired highly experienced pros to handle the details of your wedding, so let them do their job and relax! You set the tone for your celebration, so get out on the dance floor, laugh and let loose!

fec463c0be91ba3c0ad44954c41fb02cPick an Interesting Reception Site: Are there any museums, gardens, historical sites, zoos or city monuments that you love? If so, see if they hold private parties! This is a great way to keep your guests entertained. They will be able to explore their surroundings during cocktail hour and if they need a break from dancing they will have something to keep them occupied. Therefore, the party will last longer!

Happy planning and don’t forget to have fun with it!

Photo Credits: Picture #1: unitedwithlove.com ; Picture #2: modwedding.com ; Picture #3: polyvore.com ; Picture #4: Emily Dunn Photo ; Picture #5: weddingchicks.com ; Picture #6: intimateweddings.com

Ready to Pop – Katie’s Baby Shower – 11.30.13

Event : Baby Shower
Theme : Ready to Pop

Guests of Honor : Katie and her growing belly (baby Graham)
Event Date : November 30th, 2013
Hosts : Sarah Ansley (from Ansley Event Design) & Katie’s Mother – Maryann
Location : Hidden River Club House in Parker, CO

What We’ll Never Forget :
>Katie is my sister-in-law, so it was an honor to throw a baby shower for her and my soon-to-be nephew, Graham.
>I gave Katie a whole list of themes to choose from and she chose ‘Ready to Pop’.
>We used a bunch of balloons, buttons, themed-food, soda ‘pop’, etc. to carry out the chosen theme.
>It was so fun using AED’s wedding decorations to create a stylish, unique baby shower.
>We used an old window frame and shutters to display baby pictures of both Jeff (dad-to-be) and Katie – showing just how cute Baby Graham is going to be.
>We had onesies custom-dyed to match the events’ colors and we hung them from the fireplace mantel.
>Guests were asked to paint a letter block so that Graham would have a whole set of ABC blocks to help decorate his nursery.
>We played a game called ‘Guess the Baby’ and asked guests to bring a baby picture of themselves. Each guest then had to decide which baby was which guest.
>We also played a game where we broke the guests into 4 teams. Each team had to pop their set of balloons, get the letter out of the balloon and spell a word. It was hilarious watching them all try to pop their balloons the fastest.
>Each guest went home with a ‘pop’corn favor, including a shower pouf, bubble bath, a small bottle of champagne, a scented candle and more.

Thank you to Ali & Garrett Wedding Photography for taking these amazing pictures and capturing the memory of the day for forever.

Click here to see more pictures from the shower.

shower-Desktop-0002Clusters of balloons lined the walkway so guests
knew exactly where to go for the celebration.

shower-Desktop-0013As guests arrived, we asked them to take a ‘selfie’ and write a note to Graham. We would then later assemble a scrapbook full of the pictures and notes for
Graham to enjoy.

shower-Desktop-0004Each guest wrote their name on a mason jar to use for the day as their drinking glass.

shower-Desktop-0014One of my favorite decorations – a balloon wall!

shower-Desktop-0023Food was displayed on 2 of our vintage tables in trunks and on pedestal plates. Katie’s Mother-in-Law (my Mom) made a fabric wall to cover the opening from the kitchen into the event space. We made individual letters to spell out ‘Let’s Eat ‘Til We Pop’ for the vintage window frame behind the food. And, we used ‘pop’ themed food, such as popcorn, lollipops, gum balls and more.

shower-Desktop-0008shower-Desktop-0025shower-Desktop-0018Love the custom-dyed onesies we ordered from an Etsy seller.

shower-Desktop-0020Guests were asked to decorate a letter to complete Graham’s ABC block collection.

shower-Desktop-0054shower-Desktop-0024Adorable cupcakes! They tasted delicious too.

shower-Desktop-0058shower-Desktop-0016Each guest went home with a little shower-themed treat.

shower-Desktop-0042The Dad and Mom-to-be

Again, thank you to Ali & Garrett Wedding Photography for capturing the event!!

To see more pictures, click here.

7 Wedding Planning Steps to Get You Started

You’re engaged – Congratulations!!! Now enjoy it, two weeks minimum. No wedding planning, no choosing your wedding party and no stressing over getting in shape. Take two weeks (at least) to take it all in, live in the moment and just enjoy being engaged.

Ok, are your two weeks up? Are you ready to dig in? Here are your first seven wedding planning steps.

Step #1 – Narrow Down a Date : Don’t pick an exact date (unless you absolutely, without a doubt have to get married on a specific day), but instead pick a time of year, a month that you really would like to get married. Then, pick your top three wedding dates. Even better, choose a few back-up options in case those top three don’t work. Narrowing down your wedding date, rather than picking an exact day, will help with Step #4.

Step #2 – Make a Guest List : Good news – the guest list you create doesn’t have to be final, there is plenty of time to revise it down the road. But, having an estimated guest count will help you when figuring out your wedding venue, as many locations have a maximum number of people they can hold. The guest count will also help you figure out your budget and will allow you to get accurate proposals from your vendors.

Step #3 – Hire A Wedding Planner : I don’t just say this because I’m a wedding planner, I say this because having a planner on your side helps with your vendor selection and negotiation (at the least). We have worked with tons of wedding vendors and we know who is good, so let us give you recommendations. And, an added bonus, many wedding vendors are happy to give you a discount just knowing that you have hired a wedding planner. Plus, our schedules get busy very quickly, so hiring your wedding planner and/or day-of coordinator early will insure that you have an expert on your side throughout the wedding planning process.

Step #4 – Secure Your Venue : Almost everything from this step on depends on the venue you choose – decorations, caterer, band vs. DJ, flowers, etc. Do your research and plan to check out no fewer than two venues (the more the better). Remember how we narrowed down your wedding dates in Step #1? Here’s why we did that – If, while visiting a venue, you fall head over heels in love with it, ask to check their availability. If your first date choice doesn’t work, move on to your second date choice and so on. Then, ask to be penciled in so you can make a final decision once you’ve seen all of your options and completed Step #5.

Step #5 – Finalize That Wedding Date : Now that you’ve picked a venue, check with VIP guests (parents, grandparents, potential wedding party candidates, siblings, etc.) to make sure the date in consideration works for everyone. Then, finalize it!

Step #6 – Engagement Pictures : This is fun, we promise! Consult with that wedding planner that you hired in Step #3 to get recommendations for wedding photographers. Most wedding photographers offer an engagement shoot in their wedding packages. Once you’ve checked out the recommended photographers’ portfolios and you find one that matches your style and expectations – schedule your engagement shoot. You’ll want those pictures for your save-the-dates, wedding website and Facebook, of course.

Step #7 – Pick Your Wedding Party : Who can you count on? Who supports your upcoming marriage? Who has been with you through thick and thin? Who are your best friends? How many people do you want standing up with you when you say ‘I Do’? – Those are just a few questions you can ask yourself when picking your wedding party. Once you have the list put together, ask them, don’t tell them. Being in a wedding is a big commitment, and you should give your family and friends the option (they’ll say yes, we almost guarantee it).

Now that you have your wedding party secured, it’s time to dive head first into planning. It can be overwhelming and stressful, but remember, that’s why you hired your wedding planner. Your engagement will only last for a short period and it only happens once, so remember to enjoy it.

So, back to Step #3 – give us a call at 970.412.2650 or shoot us an email at info@ansleyeventdesign.com to get more information on our wedding planning and day-of coordination services.

Again, congratulations – this is a big deal! And, Happy Planning!