Your wedding day is all about celebrating the love that you and your partner share, and marking the start of your new life together as a married couple. Still though, your loved ones have gone to the trouble of making sure that they can be part of it, and so it’s only polite to make sure that they’re happy, comfortable, and having a great time.
There are certain wedding mistakes that are almost guaranteed to really annoy your guests. The good news though is that they’re all fairly easily avoidable. It just takes a little bit of planning and preparation.
Here are five common wedding mistakes that you should make sure you don’t make…
CHOOSING A VENUE WITHOUT SUITABLE NEARBY ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
Not everyone will be able to make it back home after celebrating your wedding day with you. They may simply live too far away to make the journey, or they just might want to make a real weekend of it by having a night or two away from home. Plus, if your guests enjoy a drink, they won’t want to be at the mercy of public transport at the end of a long day.
When choosing your venue, be mindful of this. Consider how many accommodation options are nearby, and if they’re suitable for all budgets. It’s a nice touch to include a list of recommended hotels and B&Bs when you send out your invitations, so they don’t have to do the research themselves.
HAVING A CASH-ONLY BAR
These days, we’re all used to the convenience of being able to pay with a credit or debit card. Not everyone carries cash with them, so they could be seriously disappointed if they discover they can’t get a drink. This is going to be a real problem if there are no cash machines on site, or if they’re out of order on your big day.
If you’re getting married in a marque out in the countryside, then there may be no avoiding having a cash-only bar. If that’s the case, make sure your guests are aware of this in advance so they can bring along enough cash to last the day and evening.
BEING LEFT IN THE DARK ABOUT THE DAY’S AGENDA
We’ve all been there are wedding guests. The ceremony is over, and there’s a lot of standing around before you go to sit down for your meal. Then the meal is over, and you’re not too sure if you’ve got time to nip out for a bit of fresh air before the speeches start. As a bride, you’ll know the itinerary for the day inside out, but remember that your guests don’t have the same information that you do.
To keep people in the loop, consider making a sign that details the day’s proceeding. It’s a quirky wedding idea, and your guests will thank you for keeping them informed.
HAVING TOO MUCH TIME DOING NOTHING
Weddings sometimes involve a lot of standing around. You and your new hubby may be preoccupied with having photographs taken, but keep in mind that all the waiting can start to become a little bit boring. It’s a great idea to have some games or entertainment available for times when you don’t have much scheduled throughout the day.
As well, if people know that there’s a gap between the agenda, they’ll know that they’re free to head back to their rooms for a little relaxation, or enjoy a drink in the bar with other guests. Keeping people informed is definitely the right way to go!
NEGLECTING TO SEND THANK YOU NOTES AFTER THE BIG DAY
On the day of your wedding, you don’t always get the chance to properly thank people for attending, or bringing along gifts with them. This is understandable. What isn’t acceptable though is to neglect to take the time afterwards to show people that you appreciate them being part of the biggest and most important date of your life.
Together with your partner, sit down and write out personalised thank you notes to all your attendees. It’s a lovely little touch and it’ll let your friends and family know just how pleased you were to see them.
Are there any other wedding mistakes that you’d add to this list?