During the planning stages, there are things you can plan for in order to minimize any worries you may have for the day-of your wedding. Where your worries may stack higher than you expected, this particular worry shouldn’t be one for long! Often times, creating a guest list can be one of the more difficult parts of planning your big celebration, but with these 7 tips, we hope we can help you plan accordingly for your wedding guests.
Tip One | Guests with small children.
We have all been to weddings where there are small children. Whether they are crying, throwing a fit or just want their mom or dad who are in the bridal party, little ones can certainly cause some extra planning and distraction. Embrace it! Most don’t know any better, but to help with some of those adorable loved ones, you can hire a babysitting service to help keep them busy during the ceremony and cocktail hour, or for the whole event. Not in your budget? Plan a kid’s table with fun, simple activities and snacks that will keep them busy and entertained during the reception.
Tip Two | Guests who don’t drink
Although we love an open bar with all of our friends and family, the reality is that not everybody drinks! Whether they choose not to or cannot for a variety of reasons, provide a fun option for those who will not be toasting with champagne or liquor. Soda service and offering a tea and lemonade station is a great way to have budget friendly options for nondrinkers and for all guests once the bar is closed. Looking for something with a little more spice? Offer a “mocktail” for anyone not drinking or not legally allowed too. Guests will be pleasantly surprised at this fun twist on reception drinks!
Tip Three | Guests who smoke.
When looking at your guest list, ask your self, “does he or she smoke?” If you can say yes for a majority of your guests or if you a providing cigars as wedding favors, be sure your venue has a smoking area. Create a cute sign to go with these beloved favors in order to cut down on guests smoking in places that the venue might not be too please with.
Tip Four | Guests who can’t help but help out.
We all know someone like this – someone who will undoubtedly offer to help you throughout the entire event. They certainly mean well, so why not assign them something important to the big day?! Plan ahead of time by designating these guests something to focus on like making sure the gift table is organized, the favors are laid out or that is pretty or that your toasting flutes get put away. This will make them feel like they are a part of your big day, and ensure that small details are taken care of the way you want them too.
Tip Five | Guests who are elderly or disabled.
Just because you have elderly or disabled guests, doesn’t mean they don’t want t be a part of the action! No, they may not be the first to start the Wobble or a Conga Line, but they do want to watch. Be sure to have enough seating for these guests somewhere near the dance floor where they can still observe all of the celebration. Side note! Always be sure your venue has proper handicap accessible parking spots and entrances. Worried about someone in particular? Go check it out yourself to ensure they will be comfortable and safe.
Tip Six | Guest control.
Your guests are important. They have traveled, spent money and have designated their time to be a part of one of the biggest days of your life. With that said, not everyone will be on their best behavior once the party gets going. Think about designating someone you trust as a primary contact for your venue incase a guest needs help or gets out of hand. This way, guests are sure to be taken care of and no one has to bother the bride and groom or their parents as they enjoy their special day!
Think you may have an extra-rowdy crowd? Ask if your venue provides security. If they don’t, look into a security company that specializes in crowd control or can help with parking and overall safety for your event. Bravo1 Protection, for example, ensures everyone remains safe at our venue!
Tip Seven | Guests who are too engaged…with technology
As we are certainly lucky to be living in such a technologically advanced time, cell phones have become both a blessing and a curse. Guests are often found trying to capture the perfect picture and get in the way of the photographers shot or even post pictures before the event is even completed. While selfies and photobombs are fun during the reception, those selfies during your ceremony may not be for you! Try joining the trend of “unplugged” wedding ceremonies. Suggesting no cell phones (queue the adorable chalkboard signs) at your ceremony can allow photographers to get your must-have photographs and of course, undivided attention on you and your fiancé!