I like to stress the importance of making your guests feel appreciated and welcomed at your wedding, given the time and effort they put into attending. Just last week I had the chance to sit down and chat with Esther Robles, Founder and Project Manager of The Works Agency who had some insight on what it feels like to be a wedding guest after attending 6 weddings in one season! With 5 years in the wedding and events industry and a soon-to-be bride, Esther states that “…it is important to find special moments that make your guests feel welcomed and part of the big day”.
- Place Cards: A beautifully crafted place card with my name as opposed to a general family name is one of those moments where I would say I feel I am a guest at the wedding and not just being randomly assigned to a table.
- Interaction: During the celebration, the bride and groom should make it a point to thank their attendees. I recommend they go from table to table and personally thank each and every person.
- Games: Depending on how the wedding is laid out, I think incorporating a game or two that allows guests to actively participate and interact with the newlyweds is always a fun idea.
- Snap A Pic: Having a Photo booth with props is a popular item at most weddings nowadays. It’s a TON of fun and also makes for great social media moments. Nowadays, you can even have a cool slo-mo video booth provided by Olli Studio!!
- Favors: At the end of the night, it is tradition to give away a favor to your guests as a remembrance of your big day. I personally prefer to receive something that will be of use as opposed to a figurine that will just gather dust. By useful I mean a pretty pen or even a set of coasters, but it definitely has to be something that will remind me of the wedding when I use it.
- Thank You: I have attended a few weddings in the past where I did not receive a Thank You card. A Thank You card may be the most important item on this list. It lets your guests know that their presence and contribution to your Wedding Day was wholeheartedly appreciated. While sending Thank You cards may be the norm, more often than not, it’s a pleasant and unexpected surprise for your guests to receive one in the mail.