5 Tips to Help You Throw a Fantastic Wedding

Posted on: 5 August 2017

While your wedding day is all about you, your significant other, and the love that you share, you also need to make sure that your guests have a good time. After all, you want your wedding and reception to be the talk of the decade. Now, for your wedding to be a success (for both you and your guests), you must put a lot of thought into the planning of this big event. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Try to Keep the Actual Ceremony Brief.

Yes, it is true that your family and friends are coming to watch you and your fiancé(e) tie the knot. However, no one wants to sit there for an hour or longer for the nuptials. So, try to keep the ceremony itself brief – maybe around 20 to 30 minutes or so. This ensures that you don't lose your guests' attention.

2. Provide Welcome Baskets for Out-of-Town Guests.

Whether it is a destination or a hometown wedding, you are going to have some guests coming in from out of town. To help show your appreciation to them, leave them a little something in their hotel room. A welcome basket could include some snacks, a bottle of wine, and possibly even a list of local amenities and resources (where the best restaurants and nearby attractions are located).

3. Take the Time to Plan Your Seating Chart.

Regardless of the type of reception dinner you are planning, it is imperative that you create a smart seating chart. This ensures that your guests aren't bored to death during the reception. You want to try to group your guests together based on their interests, backgrounds, etc. This helps to ensure they have conversation starters.

4. Offer a Lounging Area.

While a wedding reception is all about dancing the night away, some may not necessarily want to dance all night long. In reality, some may not want to dance at all. While there are reception tables, you should consider offering a lounge area where guests can sit and socialize in a more comfortable, relaxing environment.

5. Tell Your Wedding Party to Keep Speeches/Toasts Short.

It isn't a wedding without good, solid speeches and toasts from the bridal party. However, it doesn't mean that they have to take up half the night. So, well before the day of the event, make sure everyone knows to keep a handle on the speeches – maybe 5 to 10 minutes per person.

For more info on wedding planning, talk to resources like Georgios Banquets, Quality Inn & Suites Conference Centre.