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How to Use the Five Senses to Plan Your Wedding

Part 1 Sight - What guests see

Millennials...Millennials...Millennials, how do we please them??? 
Well, with this group's heavy influence on wedding trends in 2018 and through 2019, they are looking to companies to deliver more. They are not looking for the traditional, cookie-cutter ideas. They are looking for over the top attention-grabbing, non-traditional ideas. They are looking for “an approach to design and venue selection, a focus on creating a guest's experience for all five senses, and an appreciation for authentic fine art details as well as opulence.” That said, let's see how we can make this happen.
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As a planner,  we found a foolproof way to develop the total experience for guests during the event planning process. We realized that every element of a theme appeals to one or more of our five senses. The objective here is to incorporate enough elements in a theme to appeal to all five senses, which will then create a total experience for guests. Let us look at a few examples to get a full understanding.

Take, for instance, our sense of sight. You will know from experience that when you are heading to an event, you are focused on looking for an address or a building and, often, a parking spot. The building's outdoor, exterior, signage, parking area and possibly valet attendants, make the very first impression you have of the event.  The outside of a venue is the biggest opportunity to appeal to the sense of sight and heighten expectations of what awaits on the inside. 

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Upon entering the building, tent, or other structure of the event, your guests must pass through an entrance of some kind. The entrance areas create intimacy and bring the event up close to your guests.
At this point, a beautiful entrance teases your guests as to what awaits them on the inside.  Entrances should not be cold or a sterile place. Guests should exude warmth and congeniality that your friends would feel if you were to welcome them into your home.
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Unfortunately, planners sometimes overlook the potential of the entrance areas.  Décor of any sort is often nonexistent in these areas, though it should be present for a total experience.
This area of your event is your big opportunity to excite or disappoint your guests, depending upon what you have done. 

Check back for part II - Sound, Taste & Smell. 

In the meantime, get more decor ideas, click here - Wedding Entrance Decor




50 comments:

  1. Great concept to focus on the entrance and being sure to include decor there. Can be applied to creating a welcoming environment in one's home too. The outside can set the stage for what the guest can expect on the inside. The first impression starts there, great read!

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    1. Thank you. This is absolutely true. Your entrance, does not matter where, can determine what's on the inside. So, it's up to you to make sure it's welcoming and clean. Thanks for your feedback and visiting. Please share

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  2. The potential for the entry to the wedding is really something brides and grooms should keep in mind. Not just the visuals, but the entire atmosphere. I look forward to reading part 2, as the hollistic approach seems rather new (to me at least), and very interesting. Having a wedding as an experience for the senses, not just the party.

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    1. Thank you. Part II is up on the blog, now. I think when planning an event, does not matter what type, one should always consider the five senses when planning. This goes over well with guests and leave them wanting more. Thanks for visiting and your feedback. Please share

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  3. I think this is an excellent strategy for planning any bigger event and can save a lot of issues! I also love that you address entrances! Too often they can be overlooked.

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    1. Thank you! I am a stickler for entrance decor. I think it beautifies, welcomes your guests and get them ready for the inside. Thanks for visiting and giving your feedback. Please share.

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  4. We didn't use a planner because quite frankly, we couldn't afford it at the time. My wife's family planned it all out themselves!

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    1. That's very good. I hope it all went well and you both had a wonderful day. Thanks for visiting and your feedback. Please share.

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  5. This looks like a fabulous wedding, I particularly love the purple and white combo..

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    1. Thank you. This wedding was the Manor Country Club in PA. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  6. The outside is so important. My husband and I choose our reception place at a place that we drove by as it was fancy on the outside.

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    1. Absolutely. I am glad you found a beautiful location that shows off both your tastes. Thanks for sharing your feedback and for visiting. Please share.

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  7. Thank you. The wedding was at the Manor Country Club in PA. The bride's favorite colors were purple and we added sliver/white as the alternate color. Thanks for visiting and reading Please share.

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  8. Well, I don't have a wedding to plan at the moment, but I will share this post with my friend who is about to start planning hers. Thanks :)

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    1. You are so welcome. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. And, thanks for sharing this post to your friend. Tell her congrats on her engagement.

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  9. Such a cool idea! Honestly, when I got married I didn't even think about any of this!

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  10. What a beautiful wedding! It always always great when you see a spectacular set up. I could never afford to throw one, but I'd love to go to one!

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    1. Thank you. There is always option to planning your wedding, you can find more information here on our blog. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback.

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  11. I wish I had known about your blog while planning my wedding! I will definitely be sharing these tips with friends in the future!

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    1. Congrats! Sorry you didn't know about this blog until now. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  12. Having decor and signs from the entrance are definitely important. It really is about planning an overall experience.
    xoxo
    Annie

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    1. This is so true. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  13. I never thought about the entrance of a wedding and how that is the first impression of the venue. It does make sense to make it beautiful.

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    1. Absolutely. The outside gives the second impression of your big day... the first is your invitation - on our blog now. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  14. I planned my wedding a couple of years ago and the most important thing that I always kept in mind is that everything felt authentic and like "us". We wound up only inviting about 30 of our closest friends and family and held everything on our property. Aside from a few little hiccups, it was a perfect day!

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    1. Congrats! We liked that you didn't follow any trend, but personalized your wedding. This is a good move. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  15. I agree 100% that your entry way needs to be inviting. What better way to welcome someone than to have a grand entrance.

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    1. This is true. Always think about the outside when planning an event. Your guests will thank you for this in the long run. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  16. Planning a wedding using senses is great. And what guests see upon arriving helps. So the entrance is a big deal. Keshia Richmond

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    1. Absolutely. Having a welcoming entrance can make or break your entire event. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  17. Great idea! I love the wedding set up! so beautiful!!

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  18. More than the look of love, guests would always look at the venue, the dresses and everything that would please them or otherwise. Weddings are perfect venue to air opinion and say their disgust or happiness.

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    1. This is true. Guests tend to look at everything and it does not stop at the brides dress...and they will speak about it in a negative or positive manner. Thanks for visiting and sharing feedback. Please share.

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  19. I am getting married in January - civil ceremony - which has not required much planning so far. But we'll have a big party afterwards and i bet this will require a lot of planning!

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    1. Congrats on your upcoming nuptials and all the best in your new lives together. As long as you have a great planner by your sides, everything should go right. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  20. The decor and arrangement of the entrance can really impress the guests. Love the idea.

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  21. That wedding is really beautiful one. Mine is really simple one as we can't afford this much. I like your tips. I will share with my friend who is planning the wedding soon.

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    1. Thank you. You can always include a few of these tips to your planning. As long as you include the senses, you are good to go. You can find more wedding planning tips on our blog and share with your friend. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  22. I'm a fairly simple person so I'm not really into over the top. They're gorgeous to see on other weddings but I have to say I like more private personal touches.

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    1. You can incorporate these ideas to a simple private event. It's all about engaging your guests senses. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  23. I wish I had read this post three years back while I was planning my wedding. Going to share it with my bff who is planning her wedding next year.

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    1. Thank you. Sorry you didn't see this post to help you planning your wedding. I hope it worked out for you? Please tell your BFF congrats for us. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  24. I totally agree... Creating an entrance door is a must.. and it should be decorated with lights and flowers to give a wedding touch.

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    1. Engaging all senses is a must. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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  25. The entrance is extremely important! In my video and photos from my wedding the entrance set the atmosphere! Great tips from an experienced planner!

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    1. Thank you. We try to consider both the inside and the outside of any event. We like to create an atmosphere for our guests when they arrive. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share

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  26. This is a great tip for all the wedding planners out there!! I'm gonna keep this in mind when I check on places to see!

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  27. Great. Thanks for visiting and sharing your feedback. Please share.

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