When you hear the word “wedding” you think of a bride and groom. However, weddings are nothing without the guests. You need to plan your wedding with your guests in mind as they want to have a fantastic experience too. I’m not saying to design your wedding to their style or taste, no way it’s your day, but plan each and every move as if you were a guest.
From the moment guests arrive, it should feel like every detail has been thought of with your guests in mind. It’s not just about making the room look pretty, it’s about making your guests feel welcome, letting them know where they’re supposed to be, making sure they have transportation to and from the venue, and giving them something special, treat them like royalty. To give your guests a great experience you must tap into psychology.
Before the wedding even begins, I encourage couples to write a “welcome letter” for out of town guests. This letter will include information on local transportation, the best coffee shops, museums, pubs, cocktail bars, shopping, information on the wedding and any pre/post wedding events, etc. It’s a great way for guests to explore the town without having to do their own research.
To really turn up the heat on your guests’ experience, provide transportation to and from the venue. If you’re having a London wedding then consider shuttling your guests on an iconic red doubledecker bus. Providing transportation helps your guests relax as they won’t be stressing about traffic, parking, and who’s going to be the sober driver. It’s a wonderful gesture and is greatly appreciated. If your budget doesn’t allow this then consider printing off the name and number for two local cab numbers and placing a stack of these near the bar for guests to grab.
There are dozens of ways to make guests feel special and welcomed. I’m not going to give away all my tips (!) but lastly, if you’re giving out guest favours, then have a strolling musician (like a strolling violin) go from table to table during dinner while a waiter personally hands a favour to each guests. Now that’s love!