Avoid A Cool Arrival For Your Wedding Guests By Taking Steps To Break The Ice

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Your wedding day is the first day of the rest of your life. Getting it right can ensure your marriage starts the way it should. There’s a lot to consider when you turn your hand to planning, and we know you already have enough to think about. Even so, we’re going to give you one more thing to consider. Too often, a couple forgets to think about the start of their wedding. It makes sense. Why would you worry about it if you aren’t there? Because your guests are there, that’s why! None of the guests knows each other, and they’re be making polite chat. Do everything you can to ensure the ice breaks easily!

 

TRAVEL

 

It can be hard for guests to get to the wedding. Their getting lost could mean that important person isn’t there to see your special moment. Make sure that doesn’t happen by arranging travel for your nearest and dearest. Though this is an extra stress for you, you’ll be glad of it on the day. Hiring a coach from somewhere like this company will ensure everyone can arrive without worry. This step is especially important if your venue is off the beaten track. You won’t have to worry about your guests finding it if you’ve already got travel arranged!

 

PLAYLIST

 

Don’t let your guests wait in silence. Plan a playlist they can listen to when they arrive. Pick gentle, melodious music that can play in the background. Nobody wants to walk into a lot of noise. Make sure to hand the playlist to the organizers, and ensure they know to keep the volume down. You’re saving the dancing for your evening do, after all! This is just a little background noise to help break the ice for those awkward moments.

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ASK FOR THE BAR TO BE OPEN

 

Often, a venue won’t open their bar until after the ceremony. Request that the bar is open for arrival so that guests can get themselves a drink while they wait! This saves people from feeling awkward and not knowing what to do with their hands! It will also make the wait seem shorter because they’ll have something to do. They’re less likely to notice if you’re a little late when they’re got a pint in their hands!

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MINGLE

 

The groom will be at the venue for the arrival and should mingle among the guests during the waiting period. He’s bound to be nervous, but this is essential in ensuring your guests are at ease. It can also take the groom’s eyes off the clock! Make sure your man knows to greet everyone, and do a few introductions. He’s going to be the only one there at that stage who knows everyone. Introducing a few people will allow for conversation openers that wouldn’t usually be there. It’s also a fantastic time for him to say a little thank you to everyone for coming before events get underway. This personal touch will mean a lot to the people attending!

6 Easy Ways to Thank Your Wedding Guests in Style

With so much emphasis on the brides and grooms, it can be easy to forget about saying two simple words. Thank You. Guests will often have traveled a long distance to celebrate your union. Maybe they bought expensive gifts or donated their time to help you prepare for the ceremony. A wedding day wouldn’t be the same without your guests.

There are lots of simple yet effective ways to thank friends and family with keepsakes that are worth keeping. The following six tips have been compiled to provide some extra inspiration to ensure everyone is smiling as much as you two are!

 

Welcome gift bags

A small bag of essentials is perfect for showing gratitude to guest on the wedding day itself. If all of your guests are staying at the same hotel, ask the reception staff to give a handmade bag to each of the wedding parties when they check in. This simple gesture provides a very warm welcome. Fill with mini treats such as luxury bath products and fancy biscuits so they can enjoy some home comforts during their stay.

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Special treats for bridesmaids, groomsmen and top table

Chances are these are the people who have provided you with the most encouragement and love during the planning process. A bachelorette or bachelor party is a treat you can plan a few weeks beforehand.

On the morning of your wedding, say a personal thank you to each of your parties. While the focus may be on the couple make sure that everyone else is feeling good too. Treat bridal and groom’s party to a delicious breakfast and some pampering alongside your schedule.

Gifting each of your bridesmaids a spa day pass will help them relax after looking after the bride! Groomsmen may appreciate a good bottle of liquor or pair of suave cufflinks. You know your wedding party best! So pick out gifts that reflect your personal taste and interests. Mothers and Fathers will appreciate simple yet sentimental gifts such as photo canvases or vouchers for a mini-break. They deserve a generous gift after putting so much effort into your big day.

 

A subtle way to say thanks

Write a heartfelt thank you note on a chalkboard at the entrance to your ceremony or reception. Do the same on the back of your table markers for guests to read when they take a seat. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated; just a simple thank you for all the support from guests.

Also, make sure to mention guests in your wedding speech. It’s easy to focus on your partner, so try to name-drop a few special people before thanking the entire reception for attending.

 

Cheap and cheerful keepsakes

You can add your name to pretty much anything you like! Fill mason jars full of snacks for guests to grab when leaving. Candies are usually cheap in bulk and will provide a colourful effect. By adding a ribbon and a mini label with your wedding name and date you can transform a simple item into a gorgeous gift. Music lovers could even provide guests with homemade CD’s featuring their favourite romance tracks.

 

Thank You Notes

Thank you notes are the first official correspondence you will send out as a married couple. How very exciting! Choose a notecard that reflects your style. You could carry on your wedding’s colour scheme right through to your luxury wedding stationery.

A handwritten thank you note is a traditional and sentimental keepsake for guests. Add in a specific note about the gift they bought you, or a memory from the day. Maybe they were throwing some great shapes on the dance floor? Did they catch the bouquet? Personal mementos will make guests feel truly appreciated.

To save time, you could try using Touchnote. It’s a photo printing app which sends a picture postcard straight to your correspondents from your smartphone. You could even send these out during the honeymoon if you want to keep friends updated from your exotic location!

 

Provide the best experience for guests

The simplest way to thank guests is to provide a comfortable and enjoyable day. So if you are planning an outdoor wedding, ensure you have umbrellas on hand in case it rains. Provide warm blankets for the evening reception. Even something as obvious as stocking up the bar and ensuring there is enough food to go around will make all the difference. Just think about the next wedding you will go to. What sort of day would you like to experience? If you can cover the basics, you won’t go far wrong.

Pre-wedding Essentials

The run up to your wedding day can be pretty hectic to say the least. Not only is there so much to plan and organise, there’s also the added pressure of making sure you look great and the worry that everyone remembers exactly what they’re supposed to be doing and at the right time. Here’s a reminder of some pre-wedding essentials you need to get organised in time for the big day, just in case you forget:

  • Setting up your wedding gift list

Spending sometime setting up your wedding gift list is really important. Traditionally a gift list is to help you get set up for married life together so involves lots of essentials like cutlery, a toaster and kettle etc. But, as so many couples live together before marriage now things have changed a bit. Use your list to get beautiful things for your house to make it feel more homely and special as you start married life. Sites like Cox and Cox for some gorgeous interior inspiration.

  • Check your passport is in date

Making sure that both your passports are in date in time for the honeymoon is vital and something that often gets forgotten in the run up to a wedding. The passport renewal system can take a while in busy periods but usually about 3 weeks and an emergency run to the passport offices located in Liverpool, London, Durham or Glasgow.

  • Put together the table favours

Little things like table favours can easily be forgotten. They give you chance to thank your guests for coming to your wedding and allow you to add a little personal touch to the day. By thinking about these in advance you’ll be able to put together some cute little favours which symbolise your relationship and put a smile on your guests’ faces.

  • The cake

Organising the cake well in advance is super important to make sure you get exactly what you want and the cake designer you desire.  With specialists being booked up well in advance it’s important to organise this early on then it’s one thing off the list that can’t get forgotten about at the last minute. Try and think about what you want for your cake rather than pleasing your guests and always plan for the amount of people you have coming.

There’s so much to organise when planning a wedding that it can all get really stressful. By considering these 4 essentials far in advance you’ll hopefully not forget anything and have a wonderful wedding day.

Location – The Key to Your Dream Wedding

No one doubts a wedding is all about the bride (and, well, to a lesser extent, the groom). Traditionally, it’s the bride who plans the majority of the wedding and the groom is relegated to choosing his groomsmen, and, if he’s lucky, the music for the reception. Of course, there’s the exception of the couple who choose to do everything together and make all decisions together.

 

Once you’ve committed yourselves to each other, you need to commit – as soon as possible – to another important decision: the wedding date and wedding venue (such as The Brighton Savoy). If you’re going to a have a wedding with guests, it’s assumed that you want to take your vows in front of your family and friends and declare your love and forever affection to each other in front them. Additionally, that should mean that you want your guests to be (nearly) as happy and joyful as the two of you are. By no means should you plan your wedding around anyone else’s schedule, but you need to be aware that when you choose a date, you can “open up” the entire month of your wedding or a month before, a month after, as long as you want to, and your budget permits. However, your guests won’t have that luxury. If you desperately want a Christmas wedding you should have one, but you might want to rethink how many guests you’ll want to have. Christmas is a magical time to many, even those willing to share their wedding anniversary with the “day of the lord’s birth.” There’s little doubt you’d have a pretty wedding with your venue (if you choose a hotel) pre-decorated.

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But here’s the rub: Christmas is probably the most expensive time to travel, and that is asking your guests (likely people you really, really want to come to your wedding) to not only spend a good deal of money, but to spend it away from home. In other words, a Halloween wedding can be a delightful theme wedding, but a New Year’s Eve one, less so – if the guests have had to take out a loan to attend.

 

The next step is the venue. You can look into unusual locations, like the library, a museum, an art gallery, a boat or even a theatre. Or, you could choose a more traditional venue, like a hotel which will give you a choice of venues within their property and provide your guests with an excellent and fun place to stay. There is an elegant wedding venue in Melbourne like Brighton Savoy, which has four fully functioning reception rooms geared for larger (up to 250 guests) and smaller (as few as 24). Two of the rooms have gorgeous views, one of the Brighton Beach and one of Port Phillip Bay.

 

There are a series of questions to consider when choosing a venue and one in which you can have the actual wedding ceremony and the reception are much favoured by guests who prefer not to navigate an unfamiliar area.  These include:

 

  • Number of guests it can accommodate
  • Can the wedding service as well as the reception be held in one of the rooms?
  • Will the hotel portion block off rooms for your guests – and under what circumstances (will the block be guaranteed or open?)
  • How is pricing determined? Is there a package that includes everything, the service, the reception, the food, the dance floor, the DJ, the tables, the chairs, the AV system, the cake?
  • What are requirements and restrictions?

 

Be prepared and your dream wedding is within sight!


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