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Often times one of the big worries that you may have during the wedding process is
whether or not your guests enjoy themselves. Almost every bride has nightmares that
her guests will not enjoy the day and that they will deplore the fact that they were
submitted to such drudgery. In order to prevent this from occurring, we hope to
provide brides and grooms with several key things that they should think about in
terms of helping their guests enjoy them selves. This article will focus on several
trouble spots that can occur throughout the day.
Start on time
The first thing to look at is to try to get the wedding started on time. Nothing can
perturb guests more than having to wait in a sanctuary or wedding hall for a wedding
to start. This can be helped along by good planning and having everthing and everyone
ready 30 minutes before the appointed time. This allows room for error.
Leaving the ceremony
One of the biggest sources of guest agitation can be leaving the ceremony location.
Sometimes, the receiving line can tend to back things up as guests are slowly dismissed.
This can be especially frustrating for guests if they are eager to leave or to get
outside. This has an easy solution - have the receiving line in a location that is away
from the main door to the chirch or ceremony location.
Pictures take too long
Guests can also get frustrated when they are at the reception and the bride and groom
are not there. Some weddings have guests waiting an hour or two to get to the reception
from the ceremony. This can definately frustrate guests as they typically won't eat
until the bride and groom arrive. This problem has two solutions. First, take some of
the pictures before the ceremony. Second, have some finger food or appetizers available
for your guests while they are waiting.
Guests can also get frustrated if the weather is too hot. There is not much you can do
about the weather, but you can minimize your guest's discomfort. Try to limit the amount
of time they will be outside - usually seeing you off at the end of the reception. Also
make sure that the temperature is comfortable in the ceremony and reception locations.
Guests can often get frustrated with a cash bar because they then pay for drinks. There
is an easy solution here too - don't do a cash bar. If you have a bar make sure it is
either open or limited.
Guests often like to sit next to people they know. It can be quite frustrating to sit
with people that you cannot interact with or at a table where you do not know anyone.
Inevitably, this will probably happen. However, you can minimize this by careful seating
planning. Seat couples together. Try to make sure everyone knows at least one or more
people at a table. If a person doesn't know anyone, try to have them site with someone
you think that the person would get along with.