How to Have Happy Guests at Your Wedding

wedding guests entrance signYes, it’s true – there wouldn’t be a wedding without you, the bride and groom. And while I believe that you should make choices based on what you like (it is YOUR wedding after all), it’s also important to make choices that will appeal to your guests. It’s important to have happy wedding guests. If they’re comfortable and taken care of, they’ll have a more fun and memorable time.

You and your groom are the reason, the guests of honor, for your reception. However, you are also the hosts (and this has nothing to do with who’s paying). As the hosts, you have the responsibility to give a party your guests will remember fondly.

Over the years we have incorporated different ideas to help our brides and grooms plan weddings with their guests in mind. I’m delighted to share some of these ideas.

• When creating your gift registry, include items that fit into everyone’s budget. Choose some lower priced as well as some bigger ticket items. Some guests may go in together to purchase a higher priced item.

• Make it easy for guests to get to your wedding — you don’t want anyone getting lost. If possible, make transportation arrangements for guests who can’t or don’t want to drive. If that doesn’t fit your budget, designate a cousin to drive grandma and grandpa. At the very least, include a detailed set of directions and map.

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• You want a yummy reception menu, and by all means, pick selections that you like. But remember that many foods are universally disliked — like hot chili peppers, liver, and Brussels sprouts. They may be your personal favorites, but you’ll most likely have a lot left over – meaning you’ve paid for food that was uneaten, and your guests will have hungry tummies.

• Guests should be able to comfortably converse with each other at their tables. While you want centerpieces that are lovely and unique and representative of you, they shouldn’t be so big that your guests can’t see across the table.

• Your guests should feel appreciated for coming to your wedding. The easiest way to do this is to personally greet every guest. Here are some ways to do this. Receiving lines guarantee face-to-face time with every guest, but are time consuming (and awkward as guests feel they have to make small-talk with everyone in your bridal party). Releasing your own guests after the ceremony recessional also guarantees face-to-face time, and is quicker than a receiving line. You can also mingle with guests at your reception. Whatever method you choose make an effort to say “hello, thanks for coming, I hope you have a good time.”

• Play a wide range of music. Mix your favorite Top 40 or club music with some “golden oldies” for your parents and their friends. Even if you want a particular music genre, you can still mix it up by playing some slower songs along with some faster ones.

• Seat your single friends with people (other singles AND couples) who share the same interests. A table of all singles just because they’re singles isn’t the best arrangement.

These tips are easy to do, take very little time, and doesn’t cost you any more. But it will mean a lot to your guests.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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A Fun Alternative to Traditional Guestbooks – Guestbook Store Guestbooks

Do you want something more than just a list of your wedding guests’ names? Are you looking for an alternative to the traditional wedding guest book? Do you want to have something fun for your guests to do?

Then how about a Guestbook Store guestbook?

Instead of a book with a list of names – that will probably end up stored away in the attic – the Guestbook Store guestbooks are non-traditional guestbooks that can personalize your wedding and capture guests’ memories, creativity and special wishes for you, personal greeting.

You can either provide an individual page for each guest at every place setting, or set up a guestbook station, with stacks of pages, markers, even stickers or other embellishments if you want!

Your guests can share special wishes and how they know you and your groom, draw pictures, whatever they want! After your wedding day, simply place the completed pages in the guestbook album and enjoy. There are many album designs to choose from.

You’ll smile each time you read your guestbook. It will be a fun and cherished keepsake that you will enjoy looking through for years to come.

Are you celebrating another milestone in life? Guestbook Store also has guestbooks including for baby showers, wedding showers, and memorial/celebration of life.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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Bride & Groom Q & A – Invitation Wording

invitation names wordingQ – I have a question about my wedding invitation wording. Whose names are supposed to go on the invitation? My FMIL wants their names on there too, but they’re not paying for the wedding!

A – Some people are under the belief that besides the names of the bride and groom, the only other names that are allowed to be listed on the invitation are the bride’s parents, and this is only if they’re paying for the wedding. If the groom’s parents are mentioned as well, they think that it will imply that they are also paying.

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But simply having their names on the invitation is not the case. Instead, it is where the names are placed on the invitation that indicates who is hosting, and usually, but not always, paying.

“Mr. and Mrs. Jason Smith request the honour of your presence at marriage of their daughter” clearly indicates that Mr. and Mrs. Smith are doing the inviting, hosting and probably paying.

Having “son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jones” following the groom’s name is merely acknowledging (and honoring) his parents. Having their names here indicates that they are not issuing the invitations, they are not hosting, and they are not paying.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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Top 12 Wedding Make Up & Beauty Tips

General Health & Beauty

1. Drink plenty of water – 8 glasses is recommended. This will keep you hydrated and keep your body in balance. Healthy skin and hair starts from the inside.

2. It’s so important to cleanse your face twice daily, once in the morning and again at bedtime to remove your makeup.

3. For smooth, glowing skin, use a gentle scrub/exfoliate to remove dry, dead skin cells! This is also great to do on your entire body.

4. Whether you want to lose weight, or just tone up – it’s never too late to start a well-rounded fitness plan.

Mix it up – do strength training, cardio and stretching for balance and flexibility. You’ll look great on your wedding day, and you’ll be healthier.

5. Brighten up your smile. Get over-the-counter products like teeth whitening strips or toothpastes, or have them professionally whitened.

Before Your Wedding Day

6. At your hair salon trial session, bring any hair accessories that you are planning to wear on your wedding day.

7. If you have a picture of what you would like your hair or make up to look like, bring it along.

8. Also bring a photo of your wedding gown. You’ll want your hair and make up to coordinate with what you’ll be wearing.

On Your Wedding Day

9. To avoid any mishaps with your hair and makeup on your wedding day, it is best to wear a button down shirt to your appointments.

10. Start with a clean face! It’s good to rinse your face with cold water, it will wake you up and it also shrinks up the pores.

11. This is not the time to try any new or unfamiliar products as they might cause an allergic reaction. It’s best to stick with what you know and your normal routine.

12. For bright white eyes, try using a little bit of Visine for redness relief.

Bonus Tip

13. For best hair styling results, don’t wash your hair the day of your event, do it the day before.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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