The usual rule that is followed when planning a wedding is that it’s the couple’s big day, and they need to come first. While this is definitely true, it does not mean that you can completely ignore your guests’ needs. Here’s how you can have a great wedding that both you and your friends will remember forever.
Keep Things Short
Make sure that your wedding ceremony does not drag on for a long time. While the ceremony is definitely more important than the reception, remember that the reception is what the guests will be looking forward to the most. Keep your ceremony short and meaningful, so that everyone present will actually be paying attention, rather than wondering when they’ll get to the good part. During the reception as well remember to keep your speeches and toasts short, and make sure that all parties who will be making those toasts are given a time limit beforehand.
Time the Meals
It is never good to keep your guests hungry for a long time. Therefore consider the time of your wedding and decide when you should start your first course. As an alternative you can also start out with appetizers as soon as the reception begins, so that your guests have something to munch on while they wait for lunch or dinner. In addition to timing the meals perfectly, you can also make the food at your wedding fun, by having an interactive part to it, such as a make your own sandwich bar, which allows your guests to customize their food according to their tastes.
Apart from the usual dancing, plan some other fun activities that your guests can engage in during the reception. Get a photo booth hire, or set up a bouncy castle on the lawn.
While the bouncy castle will help to keep both the kids as well as the adults entertained, getting a photo booth hire will hit the spot with all your photo crazy friends. Such activities not only ensure that your guests have fun, but also allow them to mingle and interact with other people at the wedding.
Play the Right Music
The right music could make or break any great party; and this holds true for weddings as well. You will first need to decide whether you get a band or a DJ to keep the music flowing. Once you have made your choice, talk to them regarding the kind of atmosphere you want at your wedding. If you want it to turn into a big party as the night continues, then let your music providers know, so that they’ll be able to play the right music to maintain the required atmosphere.