The best way to keep guests at your wedding until the end
It’s often a concern I hear from my clients,
‘HOW DO WE MAKE SURE THAT OUR GUESTS AREN’T BORED AND LEAVE EARLY?’
And I honestly used to lean towards the idea that you needed to have something for them to do, an activity (polaroid guest book) or something to write on or in (a guest book, marriage advice, etc.) as the answer.
But after a while, and more than one wedding without any of those things (but many weddings with them), I’ve realized that’s not what it’s all about. It is about keeping your guests occupied but this can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be.
A GOOD FLOW MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
When guests move naturally from ceremony, to cocktail, to dinner seating; from eating dinner to listening to speeches, to dessert and then dancing; when that happens, your guests will have a fantastic time, they will party all night long by your side.
It also helps to give them something to talk about, whether it’s something that happens during your ceremony or reception or something you display for your guests to see.
It’s like when your DJ plays one great song after another, you find it very difficult to peal yourself away from the dance floor, no matter how much your feet hurt or how bad you have to pee (with limits of course)
So focus more on the timeline of your day. This means being considerate that although you may not have had a moment to sit , your guests may have been sitting for an hour. Although you feel as though you’ve talked to a hundred people, your guests all might not have talked to you yet.
Have a well laid out timeline, someone to execute it, and think about adding one or more of the following guest interactive activities:
A wedding tip jar
Polaroid guest book/photo booth station
Temporary tattoo station
Sundae bar (or really any non-cake dessert gets people talking)
Display your engagement photos
No lines to wait in (more than one bar? plated meal?)
How will you keep your guests having fun?
Prosperity, Love & Happiness,
Header photo by Krista Reynolds Photography