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Many of your guests attend multiple weddings a year, so it’s no surprise that sometimes weddings tend to run together in their minds. How do you make your own event memorable and special? By being thoughtful and making guests feel extra welcome!

1) First and most importantly, try to avoid the long gap between your ceremony and reception, if possible. This can make guests grouchy (although it is understandable if due to scheduling constraints from your ceremony site).

2) Welcome them with a refreshing beverage. Especially on a hot summer day, a glass of cold lemonade or iced tea will be much appreciated. Even ice water infused with cucumber or lemon will do the trick. 


3) If your ceremony is outdoors, offer inexpensive paper umbrellas to give them a bit of shade.


4) Bonus points: if your wedding is outdoors, don’t forget the bug spray!


5) For a late fall or winter wedding, offer cozy shawls for the ladies to keep them warm and comfortable. 


6) Many ladies wear their tallest, most glamorous high heels to a wedding… so they will be grateful for a basket of flip flops to keep them on the dance floor all night long. 

It may be your big day, but it is also important to keep the comfort and convenience of your guests in mind throughout the planning process. A considerate bride and groom almost always equals happy wedding guests! 


Photo credits
Ice water: Leigh Miller Photography via Style Me Pretty
Umbrellas: Docuvitae Photography via Style Me Pretty
Bug Spray: Ashki Photo via Theknot
Shawl: Heidi Ryder Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs
Flip-flops: Kara Purtell Photography via Theknot


Weddings by Charlene Liang
Part of the Second City Soiree Contributor Series. Charlene is on Twitter @SweetchicEvents. Read her full bio here.

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Reader Comments (5)

All lovely ideas but they would really push up the cost. Hard to do when you're on a budget :o(

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Great ideas to welcome your wedding guests! Love the line " be smitten not bitten"

Those are great ideas, yeah its hard to do when you are out of budget.

Is it me or is the flip flop idea getting massive. Every wedding we offer our services in seem to have some sort of foot wear available and its normally flip flops

January 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterneal

I love the flip flop ideas! Super pricey though, even if you get $1ones! :(

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