Signage and Directions – People like to know where they’re going, what’s up next, and where they should stand, sit, or cocktail. When it comes to signs, schedules, directions, and general information for your guests – think early, often and a lot!
Transportation – If your ceremony is at a different location than your reception (and it’s in your budget), it’s always helpful to provide your guests with transportation between the locations. And where it’s even more important, is providing a ride home when all the fun has been had. Where possible, try to coordinate airport pick-ups and drop offs so that your guests don’t have to shell out cash (and wait for!) an expensive taxi.
Welcome Bags – If you have many guests who are traveling from out of town and staying at a hotel, being greeted at check-in with a welcome bag is a much appreciated surprise for them. Welcome bags are a chance for you to not only set the tone of your wedding, but also to provide information (see bullet one!) about the schedule for the day, a snack or a drink, and maybe some day-after remedies for their tired feet and pounding heads. Don’t forget the cute swag!
Don’t Forget the Kids! – If you are having children at your wedding, be sure to consider their ages and set up some kind of activity for them to do while their parents are having fun. It could be as simple as coloring books and some crayons, or you could create a custom game for them to play, like a Wedding I Spy. Parents will appreciate this too! Also, be sure that your venue will have some kid-friendly meals on hand. Chicken fingers anyone?
Sincere Thank You – We are loving thank you note trend that has been making the rounds – it could be on each place setting, in the ceremony program, or you can find a way that resonates with you and your partner. On paper or on a microphone, find some time to genuinely thank your family and friends – not just for coming to your wedding – but for celebrating you and supporting you as a couple on every other day of the year as well!