15 Things That Will Guarantee Your Guests Will Have a Great Time at Your Wedding
No one wants their guests at their wedding to be bored or disappointed. Usually if our guests are uninterested or unsatisfied, we take it very personally.
I did a survey with a few wedding guests, and these are 15 things that they mentioned to me. When you’re planning your wedding, be sure to take these items into careful consideration.
1. In your invitations, put a postage stamp on your RSVP’s.
You might think that’s a lot of extra money spent, but it’s a nice gesture for your guests and it will also make your guest numbers way more accurate (because your guests are more likely to send them in if the postage has already been paid).
2. Add something unique to your wedding.
If you personalize things, your guests will notice and those things will make your wedding stand out for them.
3. Keep the ceremony and reception fairly close if they are in different locations.
Especially if you have guests coming from out of town, this is really appreciated. Then you also won’t have to worry that much about traffic issues and guests getting lost. It will make everyone’s lives so much easier.
4. Have a short ceremony.
Ceremonies are boring for most of your guests. Keep them short and sweet and your guests will love you for it. Remember, if you will have kids attending the wedding, they will be less forgiving than your adult guests. If at all possible, maybe don’t have children attend the ceremony part of your wedding if it will be a little longer.
5. Limit the time between the ceremony and reception.
Lots of couples are getting pictures before the ceremony to reduce the time between the ceremony and reception. This allows for less time so your guests won’t be trying to think of something to do between the ceremony and reception. Remember, they are all dressed up so it’s hard to find things that they are able to do.
6. Make sure the parking around your reception is good.
Nothing is more frustrating than having to pay a lot for parking far away from the venue. You should also be sure that your guests can park there overnight. You do not want anyone drinking and driving because they had to move their vehicle.
7. Seat guests around people that they know or would have things in common with.
If you know that you are inviting ex’s to the wedding, seat them on different sides of the venue. If someone in your bridal party has a significant other that does not know anyone, make sure that they are seated close to the head table.
8. Have something to entertain the kids.
Your guests that are parents will really appreciate it. There are so many cool and unique things to keep them entertained too! This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a kids table with a few toys at it. If you need help coming up with a few ideas, send me an email!
9. Have an open bar.
There are so many ways to cut costs on the bar. Limit the times the bar is open, limit what is served at the bar, have a regular bar not a premium bar, have your wedding at a different time in the day, only serve beer and wine, only offer signature drinks. There’s no reason you should be asking your guests to pay for anything at your wedding. They’ve already paid enough to join you on your special day (accommodations, outfits, gifts, lost hours at work ect.).
10. Have good food.
Be sure to provide an assortment. Some of your guests might be vegetarian, vegan or not like certain foods.
10b. Always be aware of allergies before the wedding. We all know someone who is deathly allergic to peanuts or shell fish.
10c.Make sure your caterer serves the children first. Some venues do not take this into account
11. Limit the time for speeches.
Speeches are a great way to get everyone connected, but if they’re longer than about 5 minutes each you will lose your guests’ attention.
12. Hire a good DJ or band to play music that everyone will enjoy.
Just because you like it, doesn’t mean that your guests will. They are also trained on how to react to your guests. A good DJ will be able to keep the groove going the entire night!
13. Allow the DJ or band to play requests.
Then you can guarantee that your guests will have music that they like. This will also allow the opportunity for all of your guests to get up and dance to music that they like.
14. Spend time with your guests.
Allow them enough time to take pictures with you, and admire your dress/suit. This day is about everyone being able to celebrate such a wonderful day! If you go around and let everyone know they are appreciated for being there, they will leave happy too!
15. Plan a way for your guests to get home.
Make sure that there are taxi’s around, or hire a shuttle to take guests home (especially if you are at a remote venue). If you do have a shuttle, have two times that it comes. Some guests like to leave earlier than others (guests with children or grandparents).
If you follow these simple ideas, your guests are bound to have a great time at your wedding. Remember, you too should kick back and have an excellent time as well. Hire a wedding planner so that you don’t have to worry about a thing on your wedding day!