How many guests are expected to come to your wedding? The more guests you have, the more expensive your wedding is going to be.
Find a venue and set a date! Will this space offer additional room for maybe 20 guests more? If guests are coming in from far away, you may want to incorporate some more time with them. This could be a welcome reception after your rehearsal dinner, a boat ride after the wedding, a brunch, a fun night out, etc. Celebrate you and invite others to join!
Your friends and family have come from near and far, try to make time for each and every one. It really helps to get a lot of your pictures done before the wedding, so you can find time to mingle with your guests during the cocktail hour or dinner.
Guests need to be entertained. No matter how small or large your party is, incorporate activity stations for your guests. Have them sign a piece of furniture, play bocce ball, take pictures at the photo booth, roam the dessert stations or invite them to group dances. Trivia questions can assist with the conversation, especially at tables where not everyone knows each other. I’m a big fan of progressive dinners, food from all around the world, family style or interactive dessert stations are my favorites.
Favors are traditional little gifts to your guests, to say thank you for coming. However, 10, 15 years ago, weddings didn’t offer all of the goodies they have now. From cigar bars, flip flops to pashminas, cell phone charging places, etc. Favors are not a must these days.
Assigned seating.. I hear from brides that would like to keep their reception casual and not assign seats. I can understand that, however, it ends being fairly messy when guests start to run to tables and reserve them and then it turns out that some friends don’t fit at the table and chairs are being moved around, glasses are being picked up, etc. If you don’t want to assign seats, just assign tables. You can give the tables names, number them, use your favorite vacation spots, celebrity names, train stops, books, wines, the list is endless.
The DIY and rustic-vintage revolution brings a lot of ideas for the reception but shouldn’t your ceremony be the most important part of your wedding day? Ceremonies are getting shorter and shorter and most interest is spent on the reception. Re-think and make the ceremony a part of you, let the guests learn about you and your story, incorporate friends or family members to do a reading or sing a song, make it “younique”. Have your pet walk down the aisle, leave notes for your guests, have your guests write you a note on a rock during the ceremony, offer hairpins for your ladies, boutonnieres for the men, personalize your song selection, plant a tree, have your guests be set up in a circle.
You all know, I love champagne and I love it when couples choose to welcome their guests with a glass of prosecco or champagne of choice, it again, sets the tone for the day. It is a special day!
Not everybody can make it to your wedding? Did some guests travel from another country to be with you? Include them in your welcome toast, ceremony or other ways. Find alternatives that can be used for your ring pillow or change up the entrance of the ring bearer and flower girls.
Rental items.. I won’t go there today, that will be another chapter one time. Selections are endless, be mindful of your budget.
Invest in your food, your photo and videography team, your music, have a stunning bouquet and dress!
My husband and I decided not to do gifts on our wedding day but looking back, I wish I would have done a boudoir shoot, what do you think? I guess there is still time..
If you are thinking about a midnight snack, even if it will be served before midnight, do it! I can only recommend it, guests go crazy over food in the later part of the evening, especially if you have a lot of your friends attend. Cookies, Pretzels, Mini Pizzas, Sliders, Mini Tacos, anything works. I’m a big fan!
When the wedding day approaches, don’t forget to do some yoga in the morning, play some golf, have a brunch with close friends and make enough time to enjoy every minute of your day. It will go by too fast