Here’s everything we spotted in the Game Pack’s reveal!
It’s official! We are FINALLY getting some actual gameplay very soon! The reveal trailer for the My Wedding Stories game pack just dropped today and it is stuffed with pretty much everything every family and generational player has ever dreamed of. At least when it comes to tying the knot with that special someone. Gone are the days of lackluster wedding ceremonies where all your guests dance in the aisle during your vows and the caterer makes 27 bowls of mac n cheese instead of a wedding cake.
Here’s everything we spotted in the reveal trailer!
Nails were added in a free base game update a little while ago and players who owned the Spa Day DLC had access to a wider variety of nails for their Sims. Until the recent Carnaval Streetwear Kit, nail additions remained exclusive to Spa Day but it looks like My Wedding Stories will be coming with at least one new set of nails for our Sims to rock.
We were super excited to see this! Being able to decorate baked goods was previously exclusive to the Get To Work DLC but it makes so much sense to bring it into a wedding pack. After all, the cake is a huge focal point of many wedding receptions and wedding cakes can sometimes cost almost as much as a wedding dress! Not to mention these new wedding cakes look much more impressive than those tiny single tier cakes in the standard edition of the base game. The digital deluxe adds triple tier cakes which are nicer but still nowhere on the same level as these impressive wedding cake displays, wow!
A traditional tea set is something I have dearly wanted in the game for many years now and from the game pack blog and assets, it sounds like these tea sets are not just decorative and will be an integrated part of wedding planning and wedding ceremonies!
We might be going out on a limb here but in the trailer, we see proposal pictures on the wall which could not have been taken without a third Sim present behind the camera. Maybe The Sims Team did what most of us do and just added a random Sim to the household to snap a photo. But maybe they’re hinting that you can hire wedding and proposal photographers to help you capture those special moments? Hmmm…
Asking to be Sim of Honour
In the trailer, we see the bride-to-be asking her best friend to be involved in the planning process for her wedding. Her friend graciously accepts but then we see that she is secretly sad because she’s actually in love with the bride-to-be! We know from the game pack description that not all of this is movie magic; our Sims will be able to assign the role of Sim of Honour to their friends or family and that Sim will get to be involved in the planning process. However, we do wonder if these sorts of dramatic situations might be integrated into the gameplay as well.
The reveal trailer shows off some beautiful views of a brand new world which looks to be inspired by coastal Italy! What a romantic place to plan a wedding or go on a honeymoon! When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!
The Cottage Living DLC had some functionality on a few of the shell buildings in Henford-on-Bagley which allowed our Sims to window shop and change their clothes from a boutique in Finchwick. It looks like the new world will also have building shells Sims can browse and window shop at! It’s a nice little touch to make buildings that would otherwise be set dressing a functional object for Sims to interact with.
Cake and Flower Vendors
We can see the rather unhappy bride and groom-to-be arguing over cake and flower samples in front of vendor stalls selling these items. This is a much anticipated part of the wedding planning process that our Sims will now be able to experience! We wonder if our Sims will also have their own reactions to each flower and cake sample. It could make for some interesting tension if your engaged couple disagrees on every cake and floral arrangement.
Hot Air Balloons
We can see a hot air balloon in the background of some shots that looks like more than just low-poly sky dressing like the helicopters and birds and such that normally inhabit the skies of various worlds. We’re hopeful that these balloons might actually be functional and that our Sims can ride in them to take in breathtaking views. It would certainly be romantic which is the theme of this whole pack.
New Wedding Arches
We can see at least three new wedding arches in the reveal trailer (possibly four or even five if the circular structures behind the Sims in two of the above screenshots are actually wedding arches). A modern one with candles and a more traditional floral one. We’ve gotten a few new wedding arches in a couple packs but having even more variety just helps us to customize our Sims’ special day that much more.
Getting Dumped at the Altar?
In the reveal, the bride ditches her fiancé at the altar for her best friend. This could just be movie magic but we think it would be really cool if some Sims may autonomously back out of the wedding at the last minute based on a number of factors, like their relationship/sentiments with the person they’re marrying or their traits. There was a risk of Sims dumping your Sim at the altar in The Sims 2 if their relationship was not very high and Romance Sims were much more likely to back out of saying “I do!” Adding this back into The Sims 4 would certainly add an element of drama, surprise, and unpredictability to an otherwise very predictable game. We can call off the wedding ourselves by clicking on the arch during the ceremony but having to always do it ourselves takes all the fun out of it.
After years and years of begging for wedding veils, we finally see exactly… one (1) wedding veil in the reveal. Which is probably attached to the hair like so many other non-hat head accessories. We hope we’re wrong. We hope to be pleasantly surprised with more wedding veils as more info on this pack comes to light and we hope the veils are hats that can be added to any hair. But we aren’t holding our breath on that one.
Unless you count the electronic keyboard that came with the City Living DLC six years ago, we’ve been stuck with the same two base game pianos since the game’s launch. One of them is locked behind the Entertainer career so it was delightfully refreshing to see a new piano in an ornate style that hopefully isn’t locked like the base game ornate piano.
Flower Girls and Ring Bearers
We love that the younger members of our Sims’ families can play an important role in wedding ceremonies now! Flower girls and ring bearers are an important part of many wedding ceremonies and we’re excited to see that The Sims Team didn’t forget to include children in this important milestone in Sims’ lives.
Dating all the way back to The Sims 1, Sims have never had someone present to officiate their wedding ceremony. They’ve always just said their vows under an arch, exchanged rings and that was that. In fact, the only Sims game to ever have a wedding officiant present at wedding ceremonies was The Sims Medieval! It looks like they’ll be a part of The Sims 4 now, too! An exciting first for the series’ main titles!
Respectful Wedding Guests!
It’s kind of pathetic that this is something to get this excited over. This seems like a very basic feature that should have been in the base game from the very beginning seven years ago but better late than never? Wedding guests will FINALLY sit down and stay seated throughout the duration of the entire wedding ceremony! They’ll even react to the ceremony and celebrate when your Sims are pronounced married!
Walking Down the Aisle
It looks like there’s no hard feelings between the main Sim and her ex-fiancé because he is later seen walking her down the aisle at her wedding to her best friend! We also see the other bride walking down the aisle by herself and then we see the two brides walking back down the aisle together after getting married. This shows us that our Sims can choose to walk down the aisle with anyone they choose or no one at all if they prefer. It also shows us that these new and improved wedding ceremonies are real, proper ceremonies with officiants, Sims of Honour, other wedding party Sims, and the traditional walk down the aisle together after tying the knot.
New Buffet Table
The Luxury Party Stuff DLC came with two different styles of buffet table and a fountain that could be placed on them. It looks like an additional one will be coming to My Wedding Stories, complete with a fountain as well!
Wedding Tents and Dance Floors
Many outdoor weddings have wedding tents set up to protect the guests and decorations in case of rain and we can see some pretty elaborate tent setups at the wedding reception in the reveal. We just hope that these tents will actually provide shelter from rain, unlike the numerous other decorative outdoor coverings we have in the game. We also see a dance floor at the wedding reception! Dance floors were originally introduced in the Get Together DLC and until now, they hadn’t been seen again in any DLC pack.
Speaking of dancing, you previously needed the Get Together DLC to open up new dance moves for your Sims, including synchronized dancing in a group. It looks like some new types of dances will be coming to My Wedding Stories as well! Slow dancing is finally coming back and adults can now dance with children by holding their hands! How cute! We can also see the newly married brides doing a dip-style dance move!
Better Cake Cutting Ceremony
Sims could always cut the cake at a wedding and feed it to their new spouse but it was glitchy and rather anti-climactic. Instead of both newlyweds gathering at the cake to feed a piece to each other, one Sim would cut the cake and walk across the lot to wherever the other Sim was to feed them a bite. And of course, none of the guests ever cared enough to watch or clap. We’re happy to see that this important wedding ceremony ritual has gotten improvements.
Another important wedding ceremony ritual makes its debut in The Sims Series! We see the brides tossing their bouquets behind them for two lucky wedding guests to catch. Catching the bouquet at a wedding is supposed to predict that you will be the next person to get married! In the reveal, the two Sims who catch the bouquets do indeed end up falling in love and getting married!
After the wedding, the newlyweds are seen enjoying a romantic honeymoon in the new world together. We’re very hopeful that honeymoons will be their own type of vacation with special features and gameplay associated with them. With all the amazing worlds The Sims 4 has, our newlyweds wouldn’t have any shortage of incredible honeymoon locations to choose from!
Different Cultural Ceremonies
Our brides enjoyed a traditionally Western-style wedding ceremony and reception but in snapshots of the wedding that follows, we can see representation of other cultures from around the world! This is no surprise given The Sims 4’s consistent efforts to add more diversity and representation in the game but it’s still nice to see that Western-style wedding ceremonies are not the only option available for our Sims. Weddings should be as diverse as our Sims are.
Many years later as elderly Sims, our married couple returns to the spot where they first said “I do” to renew their vows. Vow renewals have always been a part of the game. Sims who were already married could click on a wedding arch at any time and select Renew Vows but it seems like the reveal trailer is hinting that this moment will become even more special for our Sims with the addition of this game pack.
New Wedding Rings
We won’t lie; we were anxiously scanning every Sim’s ring finger in the reveal looking for new wedding rings and we were growing more and more disappointed… until we spotted this! Yes, that is indeed a new wedding ring! We hope there are even more wedding ring styles we haven’t seen, yet.
What else did you notice in the reveal? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments or come chat with us on social media!
If you missed the reveal, you can watch the full video here!