A few of the things which you agonise over – such as the nail-bitingly bothersome reception seating program – are not entirely required. By way of instance, guests prefer to be allocated a desk and select themselves in which to sit. Surprised? Here are a couple more items your wedding guests secretly expect to find if they connect you to celebrate your wedding.
One photographer who’s seen it all is Chris Dawe from Callisto Wedding Photography Bristol and we’ve asked Chris to give us some insite into what guests are really looking for!
If your invite asks visitors to ‘dress to the nines’ or to come in ‘shore chic’, you’ll have plenty of people scratching their heads and possibly even stressing about exactly what that means. To provide guests with a crystal clear dress code, adhere with the reliable cocktail, black and formal tie.
Supplying clear instructions or even organising a car to collect visitors from a set pickup stage and convince them to and from your wedding requires a whole lot of the planning strain from the day to your guests. Additionally, it means they’ll arrive relaxed and can enjoy themselves knowing they have a tool to get home safely.
People attend many weddings in the course of their life, and the odds are, they’re probably aware of the routine of a traditional wedding. If you mix this up, your visitors are likely to be nicely surprised and won’t try their best to hide a yawn as they hear the “I Paul, take you Jade…” routine for the umpteenth time. If you’re a particularly traditional pair and you’d like to follow a more standard format, then we’d advise maybe writing your own wedding vows to be traditional but also a little different at the same time.
Length can be something you can’t change if you’re deciding on a religious wedding ceremony, but if you aren’t very religious, then we’d recommend having a ceremony which is short and sweet so that your guests can move onto their favourite part of the wedding – the reception celebrations.
Guests that are arriving at your wedding sans date don’t wish to get set up with potential mates at the occasion. Sitting them strategically next to a few different singles doesn’t mean fireworks will go off and they’ll leave as a happy couple.
If you were zipping out for a few hours to have those gorgeous wedding photos taken, guests would like to be entertained and not left there standing around. The form that entertainment can take is your decision.
Guests would rather spend their time enjoying a night of free alcohol and laughs, rather than worrying that they have to pay for themselves. Should you decide to go the money bar option, make sure that you let your visitors know beforehand!
When it comes to drinking, little nibbles always go down a treat with wedding guests and helps them to soak up any alcohol from the open bar. These don’t need to be too extravagant, think mini hot dogs, hot chips and pizza. Party food is definitely in order as the reception advances.
Ditch the lengthy speeches and consider a more informal standing reception with scattered chairs so guests can snack and easily mingle with each other. It gives your wedding a true party atmosphere.