Planning your wedding is about so much more then choosing a venue, floral arrangements, stationery, and so on. While your wedding day is ultimately about you and your fiance—and the love you share—you should never forget about the comfort of your guests. Take note of these 5 ways to enhance your wedding guests experience and be sure to keep your guests top of mind when making any decisions about your wedding day.
1. Create a wedding website
Wedding guests will appreciate the effort that goes into creating a wedding website. Having a centralized place where they can access registry information, wedding day details, and learn more about you and your wedding party, will make guests feel more connected to your wedding. Use a platform like The Knot to create a basic information hub or work with your wedding planner at Zachary Andrew Events to have a custom website and URL curated just for you.
2. Upgrade your hotel welcome gifts
Hotel welcome gifts will be one of the first impression many guests have of your wedding festivities. Make them feel special by anticipating what amenities they may need in advance. Be sure to include a variety of snacks and mini bottles of liquor or wine. For a personal touch include a handwritten note or a gift card to your favorite nearby breakfast spot. Don’t stop with just unique gifts, make sure everything gets packaged nicely too! A gift box or basket with everything neatly displayed adds to the wow factor.
3. Preceremony Cocktails
It may seem unconventional but allowing your guests to sip on a cold cocktail during an outdoor summer ceremony or a warm spiked cider in the cold of winter provides comfort and relief from the elements. Make it fun by offering your signature drink to compliment your wedding atmosphere. Make sure to have your caterer remove any empty glasses prior to your walk down the aisle.
4. Cocktail/Reception Lounge
Ensure guests have plenty of places to sit by incorporating a creative lounge space. Work with your wedding planner to identify the proper amount of couches, lounge chairs and lush pillows it will take to fill the space appropriately. Guests will enjoy having a place to eat hors d’oeuvres, sip on cocktails, and relax in between dancing. Add a layer of intimacy by enclosing the space with fabric drapery.
5. Valet gift send off
Don't waste money on parting gifts that will be thrown out, or even worse, may never make it home with your guests. Have your valet attendants hand out parting gifts guests are able to use almost immediately following your wedding. Eye masks with a handwritten goodnight note or a parting snack to go will be warmly welcomed by all.