I did a quick instagram post about guiding your guests, and there are many ways in how to bless / guide your guests for your wedding. I want to give you some tips on how to ensure your guests feel loved during your wedding.
I have heard friends of mine that have been seriously confused at weddings because they were unsure what was happening next, why was the ceremony so late to start, what side were they suppose to sit on, where they allowed to touch certain food stations? People have been confused where to go for a reception or if there was even a reception.
I want guests to not be confused what the next steps are and have a wonderful and enjoyable time at the bride and groom's grand event.
1. Make sure you have a schedule and try your best to follow it. For all the future brides and grooms out there, it is one of the most important things you need to do for your wedding day is to create a timeline. The timeline will help guide all your vendors on how to approach your wedding day. A wedding coordinator will create a timeline for you and go over with you the details of your day and will even coordinate with your vendors to make sure that everything will flow properly and that your guests will feel very well taken care of.
This is especially important for the photographer!!! Remember to create a list of pictures that are must haves, and also a list of portrait pictures you would like with your family and friends. If you have group photos, list down the exact people you want in the pictures, (e.g. 1. bride, groom, mom of bride, dad of bride 2. bride, groom, mom of groom, dad of groom 3. bride, groom, uncle x, aunt y, cousin z, 4. bride, groom uncle a, aunt b, cousin c, cousin d, you get the point). Ask a friend or family member that may know all of these people or at least the majority to round out the people and make sure they are accounted for in the pictures)
2. Plan on asking some of your friends or family members to be ushers for the ceremony. The wedding coordinator will train them where to stand, how to greet guests and where to guide them to their seats. Ushers seem like such a small part to a wedding, but it adds an element of hospitality and care for the guests.
3. Plan on having some nice personalized signs. Have a welcome sign, a basic schedule sign, visible direction signs to the restroom, and maybe a sign for the bar, or lawn games that may be at the wedding. Although this seems frivolous, it is helpful for guests to have some guidance, plus it is a way the bride and groom can personalize your wedding, plus it gives a bit creativity and decor to the wedding.
4. If you (the bride and groom) have any direct announcements, make sure your officiant makes them at the end of the ceremony. Make any directions clear and obvious on the programs if necessary.
5. Make a clear and understandable seating chart. There are so many wonderful and creative ideas out there that can be personalized to any wedding.
6. If there are certain bars / lawn games or things the guests are allowed to do, make it clear by having signs welcoming people to please eat the food, drink the drinks or play the games.
7. As the bride and groom make sure your greet your guests, say hi, give lots of hugs and kisses, and pull people onto the dance floor, just have fun!