Monday, 24 June 2019

Celebrating The Guests At Your Wedding

As it's now June, I think it's safe to say that Summer is officially here, which means that weddings are going to be happening left, right, and centre. We often think of a wedding as something only centralized around us and our experience. It’s not hard to see why this feeling is the norm. It’s us or our parents who will contribute financially to the wedding. We’re there to get married - no one else is. We are the heads of the procession. We are the ones who will find the dress or the suit, and arrange our bridal chains around that. Of course, a wedding is a very focused event, usually focused on only two people.

But sometimes, it can be nice to celebrate your guests at a wedding, too. It’s important to let your family know that you truly appreciate them, and that the event is better for their presence. If you can do this, you will find that goodwill abounds. Not only that, but you’ll be able to shift some of the attention away from yourself, as this can sometimes be uncompromisingly nerve-inducing when we’re just trying to have a good time. Sometimes, sharing the love can go a long way.

Let us consider what that might look like, without forgetting how the wedding is primarily for confirming union with our partner.

Employ A Little Showmanship:

We might say that the wedding we hope to enjoy could be for ourselves and ourselves only. But, we all know that’s not the case. Otherwise you wouldn’t fork out on catering and other entertainment to ensure everyone has a good time. You would likely not even invite others. You would head to the registry office, and then go on your honeymoon for a month, or whatever time frame you had available.

This means that you are in fact most likely hoping to share the love of the day with those you invite. Employing a little showmanship can help you enjoy that, at least in your planning. This might seem like curating the entertainment such as choosing a band ahead of time, ensuring that there are some activities at the wedding, or perhaps something more understood by your family as a whole could be worthwhile. However, it needn’t be so complex, and you needn’t run before you can walk.

Simply starting with the first element of the guest’s experience, namely the invites, can be a great idea. For example, designing luxury wedding invites from Pure Invitation can help you find phenomenal and unique invitation cards that truly feel like an honour to receive. This can help your guests understand the attention to detail you hope to apply when inviting others. But more importantly, arranging this can be incredible fun. Sometimes, that’s all you need.


Ensuring that there’s music everyone can enjoy being played can certainly help when you have the entire family congregating around a dancefloor after your union. You and your partner might be heavily into metal or hip-hop, but it’s not always the case that your Grandma will be. A safe bet is to hire a dedicated wedding band, those that can provide some fun genre-based tunes and also cover a few hits you can dance to. They usually know how to play it safe and remain non-offensive. Remember, you can always attend a concert or some other affair with friends to celebrate your marriage if you’re into the harder stuff. But for now, consider how your family might bond over this music.

This isn’t a compromise. You’re certain to have fun hiring a big swing brass band, or perhaps an upbeat jazz outfit. Everyone can appreciate that. It might also be that your brother or other sibling is part of their own band, and you can simply ask them to provide some approved songs. A little music goes a long way in bringing people together, so this could be the first successful step you arrange perfectly. We’d recommend you do so.

Make The Feast Sociable:

A wedding feast can often be something that splits people up. For example, multiple small tables dotted around the room with an approved seating list can often help those members of your family bond and enjoy something to eat. It’s often where the speeches will commence, and where you’ll cut the cake if you’re going for a traditional wedding. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make the feast a little more sociable. For example, having said music playing throughout can lighten the mood. Trying to seperate people so easily through your seating plan and table arrangement can be worthwhile.

It could also be that the catering option you go for could provide a little flair. For example, those catering options that are presented in front of you, such as flambe’s or salad mixing can often be an interesting visual marker, and helps take some of the stuffiness out of the occasion. A prevalence of alcohol can often help of course, but don’t feel pressured to provide this if you would rather everyone behaves themselves.

A Little Entertainment:

A little entertainment can actually go a very long way in ensuring everyone feels provided for and excited within the festivities. It’s not hard to see how this could be the case. But of course, you might not want to go for a wedding magician or anything so obvious and trite.

Perhaps the venue you’re at is a historical listed building, and they have services to allow historical re-enactors come and help celebrate the wedding with you as actors. Perhaps something more akin to your lifelong passion could be worthwhile. For example, see this jaw-dropping photograph of a wedding taking place on top of a secured netting. That’s not particularly for us, and we mean at all, but a little entertainment and novelty can go a long way in helping your family bond and to find the day memorable. Think about what your family might be interested in, and try to make arrangements around that. But of course - this is your wedding, so be sure to take your own needs into important account.

With these tips, we’re certain that you’ll be better able to celebrate your guests at your wedding. We wish you nothing but the best.

*This is a collaborative post*

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