Yes, your wedding day is YOUR day and ultimately you and your spouse should get everything your heart desires to honor and celebrate all things you. When I am working with a couple, I always inquire what they want their day to look like, who is to be banned from giving toasts, style of food/music/photography they prefer, etc. However, in the spirit of acting like the true lady and gentleman that you are here are a few suggestions to ensure your guests enjoy your day as much as you do.
Invitations and Thank You Cards
The list of properly addressing invitations is extensive but completely worth looking into. Paper Flora has a wonderful, easy to read infographic. Even if you opt to announce your engagement via social media it is still thoughtful to mail out a proper invitation with details regarding the ceremony and reception, lodging options if needed, registry inserts, and other miscellaneous information your guests may need.
Sending out thank you notes are just as important as sending out invitations. They let your guests know how much you enjoyed having them join in your special day. Try not to wait more than three months before sending your thank you cards.
Cue sound check sooner
If you plan on having a band, remember to make sure they are unloaded and have sound checked before your guests enter the event space. Too many times I have brides and grooms forget to schedule them to arrive earlier. You don’t want to kill the ambiance of your wedding ceremony by having an electric guitar rocking out during your walk down the aisle!
Allow for a lot of cushion time
Planning extra time in your wedding day is KEY to not feeling overwhelmed or stressed. If the reception is not on the same property as the ceremony, leave enough time to travel between locations, remembering possible traffic jams, road work, etc.
During the reception try to leave pockets of time open for you as a couple to around to each table to visit with everyone. A quick hello and kind word speak volumes to your guests!
Tip Your Vendors
With so many wedding expenses to keep track of, gratuities can sometimes be forgotten, and become an expensive last minute expense. Luckily the Knot has a highly informative “cheat sheet” for you to look over and add to your budget.