July 3, 2019
It’s obvious that you want to make sure your guests enjoy their time at your wedding. It’s an exciting, fun celebration, so usually being a part of the fun comes easy for them! However, there’s a few small details that could help them enjoy your ceremony and reception even more!
+ If it’s an outdoor ceremony in the summer, make fans, water, bug spray and/or sunglasses available for all guests at the beginning before they sit down. You could design your programs to be fans to help keep cool, or give custom sunglasses away (view more here) with your wedding date as favors! You can’t take away from the heat, but you can make it a little more bearable.
+ If it’s an outdoor ceremony in the spring or fall, provide blankets, hand warmers, or coffee and hot chocolate or something! If you have a feeling it’s going to be chilly, these small touches will go a long way!
+ If you have a lot of elderly guests at your wedding, consider planning the toasts, cake cutting, and first dances earlier in the evening so that they can be a part of it! I’ve found that they generally don’t stay near as late as other guests.
+ Put a lot of thought into the seating arrangement. You want to make sure that your guests are either able to sit with people they enjoy being with OR with guests that you know they have something in common with, such as a job, or a hobby, or a mutual friend, etc. It’s fun for them to reunite, but you can also play matchmaker and they can make new friends!
+ Don’t have too long of a cocktail hour. I would recommend 1 hour at the most! Yes, guests love snacking on good food and drinks while chatting with other family and friends, but they don’t want to wait forever. They’re ready to get the evening started because they’re hungry and they want to see YOU! You’re the reason they’re there, so try to plan your timeline so that you can be with your guests as much as you can!
+ Make sure there is MORE than enough hors d’oeuvres to go around. There’s nothing worse than being short on appetizers when your guests are hungry and waiting for you!
+ Once you’re announced, keep the evening moving! Talk with your coordinator, photographer, and/or DJ about how to space reception events properly so that the evening isn’t rushed, but it also doesn’t drag! I’ve been to a few weddings where the guests grew bored because they were constantly waiting for the next thing to happen. Once they realize they’re bored, the more likely they are to go home.
+ Plan yard games like croquet, corn hole, or Tic Tac Toe to give guests something to do! This is a huge hit for guests especially during cocktail hour!
+ If there are lots of young children invited to your wedding, have a kids table with a coloring station and games! They need a way to get their energy out and they love playing with their friends!
+ Have your DJ play songs that all ages love! They don’t have to be playing the whole night, but these are usually the songs that gets the most people out on the dance floor!
+ Make your reception your own! Do something unique that guests don’t expect. This could be a dance, a slideshow/movie, or a unique dessert. It can be anything, so don’t be afraid to stray away from the formalities of a typical reception! Make it a night that your guests will remember!
+ Offer a surprise late-night snack! This is something no one will expect, and if there’s guests that have been dancing for hours since dinner, they’re probably going to be hungry!