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10 Ways to Plan a Memorable Wedding Your Wedding Guests Will Actually Enjoy
Guests get invited to a LOT of weddings, and they can start to blur together. Check out some of these ideas to make your wedding guest experience a fun and memorable one!
Your wedding is the ultimate celebration of the two of you and your love, and it should reflect your personalities and style. However, your wedding wouldn’t be complete without the many people who spent time and money to attend your big day, so you should try to make your wedding (almost) as enjoyable for them as for you!
After attending a number of weddings, you’re sure to have noted things you liked, and things you didn’t like, or worse, that bored you. Creating a memorable wedding experience for your guests can be tricky, especially if you have a large number of guests who range widely in age and tastes. How can you make your wedding heartfelt, unique, and memorable for all of your wedding guests, while keeping it true to you?
The most important thing to keep in mind is anticipating what your guests will need and appreciate. Having clear directions, meeting dietary restrictions, or providing enough parking are simple and thoughtful aspects to a great wedding experience. After all, we all feel cared for when someone makes the effort to think about our needs.
Besides making things easy for your guests with clear and thoughtful touches, you can also give your wedding guests a memorable and enjoyable three hours with unique experiences such as interactive food stations or fun photo opportunities. Here are 10 ways to create a wonderful wedding guest experience.
1. Clearly communicate your wedding detailsJennifer and Peter’s Intimate Wedding in The Presidential Suite at InterContinental Singapore by Depth of Tales
In all the excitement of designing beautiful wedding invitations, you might forget that the main point of those invites is to tell your guests where, when, and at what time you’re getting married. Make sure you include pertinent details clearly, such as your programme and what time guests should arrive for each event, etc. If you’re sending out e-invitations and RSVP forms in lieu of physical invitations, make sure guests have easy access to all the important information as well.
2. Make Your Venue AccessibleNatalie and Clinton’s Vibrant, Floral Wonderland Wedding at The St. Regis Singapore by Bobby Kiran Photography
Don’t let your guests begin your wedding celebrations on the wrong foot. Give them clear directions so they don’t get lost, and let them know where to park or how to get there with public transport. If your venue doesn’t provide parking or if it’s a little out of the way, consider arranging shuttles to make transport more convenient for your guests. Have directional signs to help guide them to your venue and event too. Your guests will appreciate it!
3. Serve Great Food, on TimeYvonne and Adam’s Stunning Floral Garden Wedding in JAAN by Maritha Mae Photography
The number one things wedding guests remember about a wedding is probably the food. Hungry guests are not happy guests! Feed your wedding guests on time, or offer cocktail snacks to tide them till the main meal. Food is also a great opportunity to wow your wedding guests. If you’re a foodie, your wedding is a great time to introduce your guests to some of the dishes you love. However, do remember to be considerate of different dietary needs, and either ask your guests beforehand if they require Halal, vegetarian, or kids options, or make sure there’s a choice of dishes available during your wedding.
4. Have a Fun, Interactive Cocktail HourCara and Andy’s Ethereal Blue-Hued Wedding at The St. Regis Singapore by Antelope Studios
The cocktail hour is a great time to delight your guests with fun foods and drinks. Think craft beers, specialty cocktails, gourmet coffee, bubble tea, or a live mixologist for libations, and fun food trucks serving ice cream or waffles.
5. Provide Gorgeous Photo OpsShauna and Rainer’s Minimalist and Modern Zen Wedding at Raffles Hotel Singapore by Iki Company
When you’re all dressed up, who doesn’t love a beautiful backdrop to take an OOTD? From lush floral installations, to a dedicated photo wall, give your wedding guests some gorgeous areas where they can snap a photo to commemorate your celebration, and to take a photo with you!
6. Allow Space to MingleRachel and Hui’s Tropical Eclectic Wedding at Corner House by Yipmage Moments
Besides celebrating your love, many guests look forward to catching up with family and friends at a wedding. Creating some special lounge areas where guests can mingle and drink with one another, aside from their assigned seats, would add a wonderful touch to your wedding.
7. Give Interactive Wedding FavoursOver $38,000 Worth of Prizes and Cashback Won and Other Amazing Deals at The SingaporeBrides Wedding Fair 2022 by Antelope Studios
Despite the best intentions, wedding favours are so often left behind. Guests forget to go back to their tables at the end of the night, or miss the tables the favours are displayed on. Minimise waste by giving your guests wedding favours they’ll actually appreciate and enjoy making, with interactive favour bars. Let them craft their own posies at a flower bar, make a tea blend at a tea bar, or create a scent at a perfume bar. Interactive bars are such a delightful touch to a wedding, and guests get to bring home their creation after!
8. Serve AlcoholMichelle and William’s Beautiful and Intimate Botanico Wedding by The Beautiful Moment Photography
One of the most surefire ways to make sure your wedding guests have a good time? Serve alcohol! Keep guests happy with free-flowing wine and beer, or splurge on a whiskey bar or cocktail bar if you or your partner are into specialty libations. You can be sure your guests will enjoy toasting to your love.
9. Greet Each GuestCarissa and Keith’s Intimate Wedding at Zafferano with a Relationship Gallery Wall by Fang Jie, Natalie Wong Photography
Your wedding guests have made the time to travel down to your wedding, and would love to personally congratulate you. While weddings are certainly very busy times for the bride and groom, do try your best to greet each guest and show your appreciation for their being there with you at this momentous milestone.
10. Light It UpTessa and Sean’s Disney-Inspired Proposal at the Raffles Singapore Fountain by Super Panda Presents
Let sparks fly with a special fireworks display your wedding guests won’t soon forget! Or end celebrations with a beautiful sparkler exit that involves each of your guests. They’ll love being part of your gorgeous sparkler photo exit moment.
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