Your wedding day is first and foremost meant to be a celebration of the love between you and your husband-to-be, but that doesn't mean your ceremony and reception can't also be a seriously fun party. When it comes to planning a wedding, there are a few basic elements you have to have: 


The ceremony where you and your groom will exchange vows, followed by some form of reception (whether that means a sit-down meal ). And while these basics do make up the event, you can transform these essential details to unforgettable elements of your big day as a whole.

You'll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is to transform your big day into something unforgettable. Whether that means upgrading certain details (like your menu or music) or selecting more unexpected elements (like the décor or lighting), these small changes have a big enough impact that your guests will remember your wedding day for many years to come.

Choose an Incredible Venue
Whether you're tying the knot at a far-flung destination or right in your hometown, selecting a venue that fits your wedding style and can accommodate all of your plans is key.

Make a Serious Statement Down the Aisle
All eyes will be on you on your wedding day no matter what, but there are a few ways to ensure your ceremony entrance is extra grand: Set the tone with some amazing music, choose unique lighting, and wear a spectacular wedding dress.

Splurge on Incredible Lighting
Lighting is an important part of any party, but particularly one where photography will be a big part of the proceedings. Whether it's for your ceremony or reception, it's worth the investment to upgrade to unique or romantic lighting that will add tons of interest to your photos.

Have a Short Gap Between the Ceremony and Reception
While you might be able to get a better price for an early ceremony time and a later reception, it's best to keep the gap time between your events short enough that guests won't be left wondering what to do.

Of course, there are circumstances when this just isn't possible (say, if your childhood church or temple only offers one time for the ceremony and your reception venue cannot accommodate an earlier start time). If that's the case, it's nice to plan a mini-reception for guests, offering small snacks and drinks, or arrange for a group outing, like a local wine tasting or museum visit.

Decorate with Surprising Décor
It should come as no surprise that there are countless ways you can decorate your reception venue, but going with the less-than-expected picks ,will make your event truly shine. Sure, twinkle lights and lanterns are beautiful, but how often have you seen ivy chandeliers and dangling crystal-inspired lights?

Opt for Inventive Reception Seating
While a well laid-out seating plan is an important part of any wedding, choosing creative seating pattern will make the evening unforgettable. Long banquet-style tables look beautiful and, when planned well, make for easy conversation among guests.

Hire a Pro Entertainer
If you want guests to remember having a blast at your reception, then it's worth investing in a great band or DJ. These pro entertainers can read a crowd and will make sure they're playing a selection of tunes that will get your friends and family out of their seats and on to the dance floor.

Offer Delicious Meal Choices
Your guests may not remember the exact details of your floral arrangements or what song you walked down the aisle to, but they'll likely remember what they ate — especially if it was particularly delicious! Choose a menu with tons of tasty options (and one that accommodates common food allergies and dietary restrictions) and your friends and family are sure to leave your reception happy.