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Unforgettable Wedding Ideas that Delight the Senses!

I focus a lot on the visual when it comes to planning a dynamic wedding, but there’s so much more to it than that! Today’s feature is all about crafting a sensory wedding that appeals to touch, taste, sound, scent, and sight to create an unforgettable wedding day for you and your guests!


I love to play with texture when it comes to creating a memorable wedding design, but there’s so many ways to add luxuriant details to your big day! A textural wedding dress – be it lace, sparkles, or detailed embroidery – will stand out in guests’ minds as well as your photos, ensuring that your bridal style will be unforgettable. Select tactile table cloths in linen, velvet, or raw silk to offer a sensory experience even while guests are seated, and arrange plush lounge furniture to offer a comfortable space to rest between dance breaks!

Textured Lace Wedding Dress | Melissa Jill Photography -

Textured Lace Wedding Dress with a Jeweled Sash

Photo by Melissa Jill Photography, Dress by BHLDN via 100 Layer Cake

Sequin and Lace Table Linens for a Pastel Place Setting | Melanie Duerkopp Photography -

Sequin and Lace Table Linens for a Pastel Place Setting

Photo byMelanie Duerkopp, Styling by Charmed Events Group via 100 Layer Cake

Cozy and Glam Wedding Reception Lounge | Jemma Keech Photography -

Cozy and Glam Wedding Reception Lounge

Photo by Jemma Keech via Style Me Pretty


Selecting the wedding menu is one of the most important ticks on the wedding planning checklist, but it’s more than just a salad, entree, and side. Start sharing your favorite flavors from the moment guests arrive with a welcome drink station – a custom mocktail is the perfect way to thank them for coming without starting strong drinks too early. Your favorite flavors play an important role when it comes to Cocktail Hour, dinner, and even dessert – pair dishes with the drinks that you’ll be serving, from hearty reds and steak to sparkling prosecco to go with your wedding cake instead of dry champagne. Send guests home with your favorite coffee or homemade cookies to inspire memories of your wedding day with every taste!

Cocktails in Personalized Calligraphy Glasses with Rock Candy Stirrers | The Great Romance Photography -

Cocktails in Personalized Calligraphy Glasses with Rock Candy Stirrers

Photo by The Great Romance, Styling by CCL Weddings via Style Me Pretty

Aromatic Coffee Wedding Favors | Green Apple Photography -

Aromatic Coffee Wedding Favors

Photo by Green Apple Photography, Favors by Dodd Coffee and Details on Demand via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Wedding Dessert and Cocktail Pairings | Sonya Khegay Photography -

Wedding Dessert and Cocktail Pairings

Photo by Sonya Khegay, Design by Latte Decor, Plannng by Ajur Wedding via Wedding Chicks


It’s no secret that music plays a big part in your wedding day, but it’s about more than just putting together a killer playlist. There’s nothing wrong with a Top 40 dance party to get the night started, but eschew popular songs when it comes to key moments throughout the day. Pick a tune that gets your heart pumping when it’s time to walk down the aisle – it’ll heighten that breathless, excited feeling. A celebratory song is perfect for the recessional, once the vows have been said, while softer songs that encourage conversation are ideal for Cocktail Hour and dinner. Once the First Dance has started the festivities, classic rock will get every generation on the dance floor, creating priceless memories of boogying with grandma!

Live Bluegrass Band | Jose Villa Photography -

Live Bluegrass Band

Photo by Jose Villa, Music by The Get Down Boys via Martha Stewart Weddings

Unforgettable First Dance with a Galia Lahav Dress | Janna Williams Photography -

Unforgettable First Dance with a Galia Lahav Dress

Photo by Jana Williams Photography via Style Me Pretty

Ribbon and Bell Wands | Joseba Sandoval Photography -

Ribbon and Bell Wands

Photo by Joseba Sandoval, Wands by Mar Sandoval via Style Me Pretty


The sense of smell is key to vivid memories, so including distinctive scents in your wedding day ensures that it will be truly unforgettable! Invite guests to take their seats with pots of fragrant herbs that double as a favor and an escort card – natural, savory scents at the table will also make dinner more enjoyable while artificial scents like scented candles can clash with the taste of your carefully chosen catering.

Create a scent memory of your own with a signature bridal scent – wearing a new perfume on your wedding day is one of the best ways to trigger memories of those fluttery feelings on your anniversaries, while offering exciting hints throughout the day. Spritz that special blend on your gown or veil after the big day, even an heirloom handkerchief for a whiff of scent that will evoke your wedding day every time you catch it. For a natural scent memory, select flowers for your bridal bouquet that are filled with aroma – roses are romantic and sensual while gardenias and hyacinth are earthy and ethereal. Dry your bouquet after the wedding to preserve memories in that hint of scent that lingers!

Personalized Potted Herb Escort Cards | Erich Mcvey Photography -

Personalized Potted Herb Escort Cards

Photo by Erich McVey via The Lane

The Perfect Bridal Perfume | Coco Tran Photography -

The Perfect Bridal Perfume

Photo by Coco Tran via Style Me Pretty

Lush White Gardenia Bouquet | Eric Kelley Photography -

Lush White Gardenia Bouquet

Photo by Eric Kelley Photography, Floral Design by Beehive Events via Wedding Chicks


Sight seems like the most obvious sense – looks are obviously important! But it goes beyond just picking pretty ideas to planning something that comes together as a whole. Choosing a venue that’s naturally beautiful ensures a striking background to your big day and cuts down on overall decor! I’m clearly a little biased, but when it comes to creating a gorgeous and cohesive wedding, choosing the right palette is definitely a huge part of the visual scheme. And one of my personal favorites – lighting! Don’t miss the time just before sunset for the perfect Magic Hour portraits!

Natural Beauty Wedding in Sweden | Laura McCluskey Photography -

Natural Beauty Wedding in Sweden

Photo by Laura McCluskey via Junebug Weddings

Vibrant and Dramatic Wedding Palette | Tracy Enoch Photography -

Vibrant and Dramatic Wedding Palette

Photo by Tracy Enoch Photography, Floral Design by R Love Floral Designs via Belle


Sun Drenched Magic Hour Bridal Portraits | Heather Payne Photography -

Sun Drenched Magic Hour Bridal Portraits

Photo by Heather Payne Photography, Wedding Dress by Emily Riggs Bridal via Once Wed


Unforgettable Wedding Ideas that Delight the Senses!

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