@bmo88: Our guests are our top priority, as for us, as soon as you invite people, the day ceases to be purely about you, and also becomes about your guests, and you become a host. Now, when it comes to things like the outfits, stationary etc we’ve chosen what we want/like, as obv that doesn’t affect our guests; we also would not compromise on the guest list itself and have invited only people whowe are close to and see often; this has meant we have decided to exclude some children, as we don’t know them and aren’t close to them (thankfully the parents in question are totally OK with this, though if they weren’t, we would understand if they decided not to attend). However, for most other things we’ve considered our guests, eg:
We looked at venues within a 40 minute drive. We also ensured that venues had adequate parking on-site or nearby. We were also bothered about things like WC facilities (one we looked at had portaloos which I HATED!), the location of the smoking area (one venue we looked at quests would have had to have gone down two flights of stairs to smoke!), etc.
Catering. We are providing 4 different choices of entree (very unusual at a UK wedding; most people provide one meat and one veggie option, and that’s it), and are making sure that are 3 pescatarian guests have plenty of choice: they will have as much choice as the meat-eating guests. We’re also having a cake with 4 different flavours, again to appeal to everyone.
Drinks. We’re going above and beyond what is expected in terms of drinks provision in the UK, and are spending $7k on alcohol/drinks.
Entertainment. We want our guests to have an enjoyable time, and for us, music is central to that. We’re having live music pre-ceremony, during the ceremony, and during the drinks reception (string quartet), and a live band, followed by music (which we will pain-stakingly select and compile) streamed through the PA system, that all our guests will enjoy (we’ve done numerous parties for the same group, and spend hours selecting music to ensure that everyone is catered to and that you don’t get breaks in the dancing).