How To Make Your Guests Feel Special
Once the foundations for your wedding day have been laid, you can then move onto making your special day a unique celebration that perfectly reflects your personalities, and provides both you and your guests with precious memories to be cherished forever.
Including thoughtful gestures is a guaranteed way to make sure your guests feel looked after and appreciated, as well as making sure your wedding is remembered for all the right reasons.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so start as you mean to carry on and let your guests know that you fully intend for them to love every minute of your wedding day. Including a song request card with your invitations will show guests that you will be asking your evening band or DJ to include all their favourites on the playlist. You can also go one step further and ask your guests to share details of their favourite tipple. That way you can ask your venue or bar company to stock the bar with everyone’s beverage of choice.
Keep your guests informed
Displaying signage is not only a fabulous way to personalise your wedding, but it is also helpful for your guests. Remember that some of your guests may be a visitor to the area, or if they are local it may be their first visit to your wedding venue. Displaying a wedding sign at your venues entrance will therefore be much appreciated by your guests. You may also wish to include additional signage to show your guests were to park and to point them in the right direction when they are making their way to your ceremony area, (or reception for your evening guests). Displaying a wedding timeline will show your guests the order of the day that you have arranged for them, which can be helpful if they are arranging for children to be collected by grandparents after wedding breakfast, booking their taxi for the end of the night and most importantly so they can see what they have to look forward to throughout the day.
Presenting your guests with thoughtful favours is a great way to thank your guests for celebrating your special day with you. If you are hosting a smaller more intimate ceremony then you could consider offering your guests individual favours such a favourite lipstick for the ladies and a small bottle of a favourite spirit for the gentlemen. Or, if you would prefer to present your guests with a little keepsake, you could place a framed photo of the two of you together with your guest at their place setting.
If you are hosting a larger celebration then buying individual favours for your guests will probably be a step to far, but you can still be thoughtful. If you are burning candles throughout your wedding day, why not give your guests a miniature version with the same scent, which will remind your guests of your wedding day each time they burn their candle at home.
Including a lounge area in your wedding day will not only allow you to get creative, but it also offers your guests an opportunity to relax and mingle whilst resting their dancing feet. Fill this little space with all your favourite things from photos of you both as well as family & friends, romantic candlelight and lashings of luxurious cushions. Your lounge area can be positioned wherever space allows, whether this be next to your bar area, over looking the dance floor or outdoors. Remember to include little treats for your guests such as a mini bar and cookie station so your guests can enjoy relaxing before getting back to the dance floor.
Something for the little ones
If you are making your wedding a family affair you may wish to consider how you will keep your youngest guests entertained. Setting up an activities area for children to enjoy is a great way to grasp their attention. Include simple arts and crafts, colouring, sticker books and puzzles. If you have the room, large versions of children’s classics such as Connect Four and Jenga are also a firm favourite amongst children of all ages. You could also set up a little den area which is always a huge hit with little guests, and why not treat them further by hiring a children’s entertainer or an event nanny, which will keep them occupied for hours.
A midnight feast
Offering your guests mini hangover kits to help them recover from the epic day you have treated them too will be a welcomed gift, (especially in the morning). Position them at the exit so your guests can collect one as they leave. And why not further surprise your guests by treating them to a late night snack at the end of the night. Your guests will be forever grateful when they step outside to find their taxi to be greeted with a pizza truck or toasted sandwich wagon.
I hope this blog post has given you lots of inspiration on how to make your guests feel special on your wedding day.
If you are looking for assistance with any other aspect of planning your big day and your wedding is taking place within Essex, Suffolk, Kent, Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire please do contact me to discuss the wedding planning services I offer, it would be great to hear from you.
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With a keen eye for detail, organisational skills that are second to none and the love of a “to do” list it was inevitable that Hayley would become an events planner. She started her career within the legal profession and was a Personal Assistant for 14 years before training with the UKAWP to become a professional wedding and events planner and then going on to launch “Hayley Jayne Weddings & Events”.