Of course, we believe that a wedding is a holiday for a couple, and everything should be according to their rules 🙂 But do not forget: if you decide to share this day with your family and friends, it is important to think about their comfort. Take a little more time to think about organizational issues so that everyone has fun and comfortable at the wedding, and then the holiday will turn out to be unforgettable in the most pleasant sense of the word!
We have prepared a list of things that most often upset guests. Pay attention to these points, and everything will go at the highest level 🙂
Child Ban or +1
Increasingly, couples decide to arrange an adult-only celebration and ask not to take small children with them to the wedding. This can be understood, because children at a wedding are a source of new organizational troubles. But for parents, this brings additional difficulties: you need to decide with whom to leave the child, find a nanny and agree on a time. To help them, try to alert couples with children as early as possible so they don’t have to adjust their plans at the last minute.
The second question is the invitation of the second half of friends and relatives to the wedding. “+1” can become a serious burden on the wedding budget, and besides, newlyweds do not always know them closely. But if, for example, you often communicate with your friend’s girlfriend and they have a fairly long relationship, you should invite her. You don’t want to watch a guest sadly picking at his plate during romantic slow dances, do you? 🙂
Incorrect seating at a banquet
Everyone gathered at the wedding for the sake of the bride and groom, but the newlyweds will not be able to pay attention to everyone, no matter how hard they try. Therefore, it is important to provide guests with a pleasant company for the evening, and this depends on the correct seating arrangements.
The classic version of the seating arrangement with the letter “P”, where the bride’s guests are on one side and the groom’s guests are on the other, can play a cruel joke with you. Firstly, it’s worth “mixing” the guests a little: this way they will have the opportunity to get to know each other, and not re-discuss the same topics that come up year after year at family feasts. After all, now they are one big family, let them get to know each other better 🙂
Secondly, you need to consider the age of the guests. Surely, your friends will want to go to the dance floor more often and participate in competitions, and older guests pay more attention to conversations, memories and a banquet. In order for there to be mutual understanding, common themes and the same rhythm, consider the factor of age and temperament when seating.
Long break between the ceremony and the start of dinner
Remember weddings 7–10 years ago: guests were often gathered in front of the registry office, and after painting, the newlyweds went for a walk, rode around the city and arranged a photo session before the main banquet in a restaurant. What’s wrong here? A stretched free window between the registry office and the restaurant, in which guests have absolutely nothing to do with themselves.
With the growing popularity of outdoor ceremonies, which are held in the same place as the banquet, the problem remains the same: sometimes it seems to couples that it is after a beautiful ceremony that they need to arrange a wedding photo shoot. And guests at this time again have to look for their own entertainment.
We offer the following solutions to the problem:
Photo session before the ceremony
If you set the bride’s preparations for 10 am, and the ceremony at 15–16:30, you and the groom will have enough time to take pictures. For some, it can be a big minus that the groom will see the bride in full dress before the ceremony. But you really want to get touching shots of how he admires you walking to the altar 🙂
Photo session on another day
A good option that couples do not always remember. You can arrange a wedding photo shoot a day or two after the wedding. So you will have the opportunity to go to beautiful remote locations, not to rush anywhere and not worry about organizational troubles. Plus, it’s an excuse to put on your wedding dress again and treat yourself to a professional makeover.
The waiting area
If you need to organize a photo session on the wedding day, think about how to brighten up the expectation of the guests. Here are a few points to pay attention to:
- Comfortable spot. The location where the guests will be waiting for the banquet to begin should have a comfortable temperature (think of awnings from the sun in the summer and warm blankets in the cold season) and there must be enough places to relax: pouffes, sofas, chairs.
- buffet. Organize light snacks: bruschetta, canapes, cheese plate. Drinks should be light so that no one becomes ill before the start of the main part of the holiday.
- Entertainment. If a leading will begin work already at this time — for this point you can be calm. He will be able to offer guests unobtrusive conversational games, get to know them better and defuse the situation. If the host is booked only for a banquet, then think about other entertainment: for example, live music, your childhood photos, hung around the location. In addition, this is a great time to take apart the bonbonnieres and leave your entry in the guest book 🙂
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Inconvenient wedding location
Unusual wedding location always causes a “wow effect”! But it is very important to consider whether your guests will be able to get and go home without any problems. If you are going to organize a wedding outside the city or in a remote location, you should think about transporting guests so that the road does not become an insurmountable obstacle for them.
If the location is simpler, you still need to take care of the guests: check that the invitation contains the correct address (yes, the name of the restaurant alone is not enough) and the time of gathering of guests. Ideally, if possible, you should add a screenshot from the maps so that the invitees can navigate along the neighboring streets and find the correct entrance to the institution.
However, no matter how much information you provide, be prepared that guests may call you on your wedding day to clarify how to get or stop by your location 🙂 Such calls can distract you from important (or just pleasant) things, but leave guests by chance it is impossible. Entrust one of your bridesmaids or a friend of the groom with the important mission of answering such calls and, if necessary, meeting guests.
Often, a wedding is a rather long event, so it is very important that guests do not go hungry 🙂 Pay attention not only to the amount of food, but also to the taste preferences of the guests. For example, if many of the guests do not like fish, hosting a seafood evening is not a good idea. The same applies to exotic dishes: the older generation may not appreciate pan-Asian or molecular cuisine.
Do not forget to take into account the special eating habits of the guests. If there are allergy sufferers, vegans and children at your wedding, it is worth considering separate dishes for them.
To create the perfect wedding menu and correctly calculate the number of dishes, be sure to read our guide. “How to make a menu for a wedding”.
Inconvenient wedding date
At first, having a wedding on public holidays seems like a great idea: everyone has the weekend, you can stretch the celebration a bit and not worry about the work routine. But think about the fact that many people like to spend such holidays in the family circle or, conversely, take a short trip at least out of town. In this case, if you do not warn in advance, many of the invitees may refuse, as they will not have time to adjust their plans.
In order not to get unpleasant rejections, try to warn guests about your wedding date as early as possible: this way there is a chance that they will either not have time to plan anything for such a weekend, or there will be an opportunity to reschedule the trip for the sake of your X day.