Read a great article on “The Knot” about things guests don’t like about some weddings – something to consider, so your friends can go home saying “that was the best wedding ever!”
#1 Guest gripe – Receiving Lines – a 200 person wedding can easily take an hour or more to get all the guests through the receiving line. “Today” ideas – at the reception, go table-to-table and greet guests – or – bride and groom release guests by row after the ceremony – it goes more quickly, and the people in the back get to stay seated while they wait.Also making the list –
Awkward timing pauses between ceremony and reception – if there is an hour or 2 between the end of your ceremony and the beginning of your reception (too much time to do nothing, not enough time to do something), consider offering your guests suggestions of what to do during that time.Some ideas I’ve seen –
- Wedding at a church? Perhaps provide cold drinks and munchies in the social hall or lounge – just a place to sit, visit, spend time with family and friends that they may not have seen for a while.
- Reception at a hotel? Consider asking the hotel for a hospitality suite or conference room – again, somewhere to visit and relax.
- Or, offer a map with a few spots of interest in your town – a museum, historical site, Barnes&Noble or Burger King could be just the thing.
Where to sit – 2 issues –
- Nowhere to sit during the cocktail hour – a.k.a. “I shouldn’t have worn these shoes!”
- Lack of table placecards (seating plan) – ending up with nowhere to sit, or having to split your famliy one person here, one person there. Worried about repercussions between who-sits-where? Be as considerate as possible, then dismiss your worries – it’s your wedding day, have confidence that the people that love you are cool with whatever wedding arrangements you have made.
The article also had some ideas that guests loved – Read the whole article -http://www.theknot.com/ch_article.html?Object=A20424144710