Hey friends, its your #weddingBFF Tay, here to provide you with some easy, but personalized ways to make your guests feel comfortable and how you can share appreciation for their attendance with you on your special day.
Tip #1: Welcome to the Party
Have you ever attended an outdoor wedding, where the sun was scorching hot and wished you had your emotional support water bottle with you? No...just me?! I can't be the only one.
) Welcome Drinks
One of the easiest ways to make your guests feel welcomed and comfortable as they arrive to your ceremony, is to provide a #preceremonycocktail or #welcomedrink. Welcome drinks can be personalized, creative, and enjoyed by all. Wether it's a #signaturedrink or infused water station, your guests are sure to notice the personal touch and enjoy their complimentary sips. The best part is that your drinks can be customized for season, tastes, and desires. If it's a #countryclubweddding in the summer, try a serving a sparkling pink lemonade. If you're welcoming guests to a stunning fall event, try a hot cocoa or cider station. The possibilities are absolutely endless.
2.) Welcome Bags
If you're planning a #destinationwedding or have many guests coming into town for your event, consider providing:
Welcome Bags for your guests. Welcome bags are a great way to help your guests settle in after traveling and up to date with all your wedding weekend festivities. Welcome bags usually include waters, a little emergency kit with advil, tylenol, liquid IV's, and a tide-to-go stick, snacks (usually local to the area such as Garrets Popcorn in Chicago), and wedding day itinerary, transportation details, and activities schedules. If planning a destination wedding, consider beach towels & city/resort maps for guests.
Tip #2: Bring out your dancing shoes
Nothing brings your guests to the dance floor faster than hearing their favorite songs spun by an amazing DJ. To ensure your guests put on their dancing shoes and cut a rug (did I just age myself ?!) consider these three tips:
Include song requests on guests RSVP cards
Consider a "Dollar dance" where guests can dance with the bride and groom for some of that moo-lah! This also works great in creating a little #honeymoonfund.
Instead of guests immediately going to their seats for Reception, begin with your formal introduction on the dance floor, go into your first dance, then welcome guests to join in for 2 upbeat dance songs, before taking their seats for the evening.
Tip #3: Say, "Cheese"
Nothing screams #weddinghashtag more than providing your guests with plenty of photo opportunities throughout the night. Here's how to get your guests smilin For the 'Gram.
Consider having a photobooth for your guests. Many come with a digital option for pictures to be instantly uploaded to your phone or social medias, in addition to a printable photo strip. What a fun way for guests to capture all the fun and have a little #weddingfavor to take with them.
2.) During the reception, take a moment with your photographer to get "guest shots". Have the DJ play a song and make it a game to get a group shot with each table before the song ends. Its fun, gets the guests involved, and also provides you with pictures of all those who attending that can shared with your guests later.
Tip #4: Taxi Takeover
We love a wedding that has our guests breaking it down on the dance floor and keeping our guests enjoying all night long. Nothing is better than seeing our bride and groom dancing with their closest family and friends.
After a night of celebrating, no one wants to worry about transportation. In order to help your guests get home safely, consider providing transportation for your guests from the venue to the host hotel. Another great option for destination weddings, is to provide transportation services for guests arriving at the airports. Many shuttles, private drivers, and limo services can be provides for guests and work hand in hand with couples to provide discounts for large group bookings.