Thursday, November 15, 2012

Don't Forget The Guests | North Carolina Wedding Planner

Obviously when you start planning your wedding, you'll be thinking about what you want, what your fiance wants, how to keep the parents happy, sticking to your budget, and how to do all of this and still achieve your dream wedding. What most couples forget is that they are also hosting this event and they need to keep their guests happy and comfortable.

Think about it, when you invite someone over for dinner you don't make something that only you like to eat. You consider what the other person likes and do what you can to make sure they enjoy themselves. While the wedding day is about you (and your groom), take some of your time to make sure your guests will enjoy themselves.

So, how can you keep your guests happy?

Be kind when making seating arrangements. If you are going to take the time to have arranged seating, be considerate and think about where your guests will want to sit.

Now we all know that you can't keep everyone happy and you'll go crazy if you try to, but you can try to keep family and friends together. If a guest is coming alone or doesn't know anyone else, try to seat them with people that have similar interests.

Communicate the dress code. I really can't stress this enough. Let your guests know ahead of time what you expect them to wear. Is your event black tie or flip flops on the beach? For more on this check out see our post "The Wedding Guest Dress Code" from last week.

Inform guests about parking. Where can they park? Where can't they? Will they need to pay to park? If so, how much will it cost?

Consider providing your guests with maps and/or clear directions to your event. Post this information on your wedding website. You may even want to include a neatly printed map with your invitations. Make it as easy as possible for guests to find your venue.

Avoid hungry guests. If you are planning to have post-ceremony pictures done while your guests are waiting at the reception, plan to have a cocktail hour with heavy hor d'oeuvres. Try to eliminate an enormous gap of time between the ceremony and the reception meal.

It's relatively easy to keep your guests happy. You can also think about weddings you've been to in the past. What did you like about those weddings? What didn't you like? Plan accordingly.

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