Post # 1
I attened a wedding this weekend where they had 4 host/hostess, (2 couples) They only things I saw them do, were be the ones to walk around and release tables to go through the buffet line.
When I’m searching for venues, some really play up the things that need to be done, and suggest that the host/hostess can do that for me. (watch gifts, cart them back to a locked room once party starts, tell guests it’s time to sit once cocktail hour is over and so on)
This is a new thing to me, now granted I haven’t been to alot of weddings, but my siblings never had host/hostess, but we grew up in another area of the country, so I’m wondering if is regional? what exactly is expected of these people, and why are they important. and more importantly if we have 350 in attendence are 2 enough or do we need 4?
Post # 3
PS: might not be the right board but I wasn’t sure where to put it 🙂
Post # 4
It depends on how involved your family and friends are. If your Mom, MIL, MOH etc are pretty involved in planning the wedding they’ll probably take care of a lot of the things like- packing up gifts, directing tables to buffet, pointing out restrooms, reminding the dj its time to cut the cake etc. If you either don’t have a lot of family involved, or they want to relax and not be responsible for everything, have a host/hostess or a venue coordinator is a great addition. Ideally I’d look for someone who would:
Coordinate with vendors as they arrive (where does DJ set up/where does cake go etc)
Welcome guests and direct them to cocktail area
Be available to point out rest rooms
Direct guests to table for dinner
Coordinate with DJ or MC to announce wedding party, dances etc
Monitor food if its a buffet/make sure everyone gets food
Coordinate cake cutting, and passing out of cake after you cut the first piece
Pack up gifts for you
Keep an eye on time/flow of events- you’ll be dancing and enjoying yourself you don’t need to be worrying about what time it is and if you’ve done _____ yet
Have info on taxis for guests who don’t want to drive home
Help pack up any decor or personal items like guest book etc
Make sure DJ, caterer etc pack up on time
Make sure venue is left the way its supposed to be (personal items removed, cleaning done if needed etc)
Post # 5
thanks, both our families are/will be very invovled and we plan to have a designated guest book person, and then probably a gift person.
the venue will cut and serve the rest of the cake for us, and monitor the food/buffet.
the couple we are debating on are like secong parents to me, and god parents to our kids. they are both type A and very organized so I think they’d be great at making sure everything runs without a hitch… BUUUUUT I think they might also want to come and jsut enjoy the day with us. so it’s one of thos hmm… what to do what to do.
good thing I have lots of time