Okay, real talk time. Many wedding blogs & magazines will reinforce the idea that on your wedding day you’re a magical fairy princess, it’s all about you, and, of course, that it’s the most important day of your life. And for the most part I’d agree (except for you’re a magical fairy princess 24/7 and every day is the most important one of your life), but in typical asia dore fashion I gotta to step in for a quick minute to say “ahem, um, sorry to interrupt, excuse me, just one little thing before you go.” Yes, your wedding day is a celebration of your love, it’s also a huge party. And you’re the hostess, babe. If you plan ahead, taking care of your guests is going to be a piece of (wedding) cake.
Here are 5 simple ways to make sure they have the time of their life celebrating with you!
1) Ensure your wedding day information is easily accessible
Sometimes I’m really smart and put wedding invitations in a special place so I can find them again. Most times they get lost in mail piles and when the day comes I have no idea where anything is and what time anything starts. Please assume your guests are more like the latter and plan ahead by making the logistics easy to find! Whether you send a separate info card with the invitation or create a wedding website, you should include information like:
• How to get to the ceremony and reception and where to park
• What time everything starts
• Lodging information and fun stuff to do around town
• Links to or locations of your gift registry
2) Keep your schedule free of awkward down time
When you’re creating your wedding day timeline, be aware of any large gaps between events. If your reception doesn’t start immediately after your ceremony, designate a place your guests can go before it begins. A cocktail hour, lawn games, or live music are great options.
3) Wine & Dine them
If there is a big time gap between your ceremony and your reception, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are a perfect way to keep your guests in good spirits. It’s always better to have too much food than too little (leftovers for days!!), and a tipsy guest is a happy guest so I’m also not opposed to the beer flowing like wine.
4) Choose a spacious venue
Being crowded into a room with too many people can get hot, stuffy, and uncomfortable really fast. If your ceremony is outdoors with standing room, it’s a good idea to have signs so guests know they’re allowed to gather around wherever they fit. Plenty of room for seating is especially important during receptions because your guests will be moving around a lot to dance, mingle, and get in line for seconds at the buffet.
5) Greet everyone during the reception
All of your guests will want to congratulate you! With so many friends and family members visiting it’s easy to get stuck in one conversation all night. Be sure to stop by to tell everyone hello and thank them for helping you celebrate.