Post # 1
In my wedding planning, I always try and put myslf in the postion of a guest to see if I should do something or not. One of my favorite moments of a wedding is when the bride and groom go from table to table to greet people. For those few moments, you have their full and undivided attention. It’s like the stars of the day are coming to say hello. Most of the day they’re running here and there, being pulled in so many different directions so I really enjoy it when they come over.
We’re going to have around 200 at our wedding so we will be spread pretty thin, but I want to make it a point to give each person some personal attention because I know how special it makes me feel as a guest.
We have a pretty big gap between our ceremony and reception (which is kind of a bummer I know), but that gives us time to do all the pictures and be there at the start of cocktail hour to greet guests as they arrive. We will also go table to table during dinner.
Anyone else want to share any special things they’re doing for their guests?
Post # 3
The hotel gift bags – when I go to any wedding and stay over, I always feel like the bride and groom were thinking of their guests when they leave a gift bag for us at the front desk. A few waters and a bag of pretzels or gum go a long way with me!
Post # 4
Good call 2PeasinaPod. Hadn’t even thought of that! I’ve never been to an out of town wedding before so I’ve never gotten one. But I know we will have some out of town guests so I’ll be sure to have a goodie bag for each of them. Thanks!
Post # 5
I like OOT bags too, and did them for our guests…some of the local treats we put in there got lots of comments, like the dulse, lol…
I also really like when the bride and groom greet everyone personally, and I like watching the first dance.
Post # 6
We actually made the very tough decision to get pictures taken before the ceremony so the evening would flow seamlessly from ceremony to cocktail hour to reception. There was a lot of back and forth about this and finally we agreed that it would be better overall since we woudln’t be so nervous at the ceremony since we’d already seen each other and the guests would be happier.
We also chose our venues based on guest satisfaction now that I think about it! We only considered hotels so they could just take the elevator up to their rooms at the end of the night (everyone is from out of town), and the church is right next door, about 10 steps away from the hotel. So I guess we’ve done a lot! But we are very happy with how it’s turning out.
Post # 7
I like it when the ceremony and reception are all in the same place. I mean, I know that most of the time, that’s not possible, but anything over a 30-minute drive in between is kind of a pain. I LOVE it when everything is all-inclusive. Yay! It really just makes it easier on everyone, including the bride and groom. Bonus points if the venue is a hotel, and you can just go to your room afterward.
We did this, and all our guests were saying what I great thing it was because no one had to worry about parking and alcohol levels 🙂