Your big day is your big day and not your guests’, there’s no doubt about that. However, a happy day for you can also include making sure that your friends and family are happy and comfortable during the celebration. Because so much goes into planning a wedding, with so much to think about, ensuring your own happiness on your big day can be a result of making sure your loved ones are happy, too. That’s why it’s important to think about the ways in which you can cater to everyone’s needs as well as your own on your special day, so the celebration can be fully enjoyed together without any stresses or worries.
So, if you’re in the middle of wedding planning and wondering about ways to make sure your guests are happy, too, here are five key steps to ensure they’ll have a great time.
Step 1: Try to Avoid Very Expensive Trips Abroad
It’s your dream wedding day, after all, which means you’re perfectly entitled to have it wherever you like – including an expensive, luxurious location abroad that may be all you’ve ever dreamed about. Nevertheless, the financial situation and lifestyle of those you love should always be taken into account, as not everybody may have the means to take flights or accommodation to highly expensive locations in their stride. So, if you’re easygoing when it comes to having your wedding in this country or in another, you may be better off thinking about what would be most financially comfortable for your guests and those you definitely want to be in attendance.
Step 2: If You’re Definitely Going Abroad, Give Enough Warning in Advance
As mentioned, it’s your special day, so if there’s absolutely no negotiation on getting married in your dream location abroad, giving enough notice to your loved ones will be important in keeping them happy and forewarned. Make sure to provide enough time for guests to save up the required money and make plans to ensure they can take the time off work (and other obligations) for the trip, as trips abroad will require much longer than booking one day off work for the actual wedding ceremony. So, you may want to plan a destination wedding years in advance to give guests fair warning and ensure that nobody is concerned about anything.
Step 3: Make Sure Catering Needs Are Taken into Account
This is a standard necessity for planning a wedding: making sure you check for dietary requirements and preferences like vegetarian options for all your guests. This is a must-do so that guests can be happy and comfortable when eating at your wedding and to ensure that there’s something for everyone. Your catering preferences are your choice, such as whether you’d like a formal sit-down meal or a buffet-style wedding, but no matter what you choose, make sure you check with guests ahead of time for their requirements. Also, think about food that everyone is going to like.
Step 4: Hire a Professional Bartender to Serve a Variety of Drinks
Most guests are going to expect a wide variety of beverages for the wedding celebration, especially when the evening festivities begin. That’s why hiring wedding bartenders is a must-do to make sure everyone’s needs are catered to and to make sure there’s always someone ready on hand to prepare the drinks, so no guests are left disappointed or waiting.
Step 5: Consider the Personal Taste of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen
It’s your every right to plan a theme, style, and color when it comes to what your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be wearing for the celebration. You will have your preferences, and these should be taken into account when deciding how your guests are going to look in the official photographs. Nevertheless, to make sure your bridesmaids and groomsmen don’t feel uncomfortable, be sure to check in with what they would like, too. This is mostly important for style and fit rather than color. If you love a color and a bridesmaid hates it, you may want to keep the color regardless. However, when it comes to fit, some bridesmaids or groomsmen may be seriously uncomfortable with a certain style (such as too revealing, too short, or not suited to their body type).
To make sure everyone feels comfortable and confident throughout the day, make sure to be open-minded when it comes to bridesmaid dresses and suits so that everyone can look and feel great while still taking your personal style into account.
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