We get it– your wedding is about you two. At the same time, though, your wedding is also a giant party that YOU’RE hosting, for your guests. So it’s important to strike the balance between what you want, and what’s best for guests, which doesn’t always align! We’re sharing 7 things that you should definitely avoid– if you want to keep your guests happy, that is.
1. A cash bar. Let’s start with the big ones. We totally get that no every can afford to host an open bar. However, a cash bar can come off as tacky, and definitely not the best choice. Remember, a wedding is a party you’re hosting, and you want your guests to feel special! If a full open bar isn’t fitting into the Excel spreadsheet budget, consider sticking with just beer and wine, or a signature cocktail. If you can’t swing that, skip alcohol altogether, rather than opt for cash.
2. When every single extended uncle steps up to the open mic. No one cares as much about the toasts at your wedding except you and your spouse and your parents. They’re an accepted part of the wedding shebang, but having more than 2-3, especially if they’re LONG, gets excessive. Definitely keep the to-be-toasters away from the booze until after their speeches as well, as nothing is an cringe worth as a drunk groomsman who drones on and one.
3. Poor organization or confusion. Another reason to hire (at least day of!) a coordinator! It can get frustrating when guests aren’t clear on what’s expected of them, or where they’re suppose to go and do, and at what point. Keep things clear and running smoothly to avoid confusion and crowding.
4. A really, really hot venue, with no shade. There’s nothing worse than sitting outside in 100 degree weather, waiting for a bridal party to show up. If you fell in love with a venue with 0 shade, and are dead set on that mid-July date, rent market umbrellas, have small fans as favors, and have ice water aplenty. Considering your guests comfort will go a long way!
5. Bad music choices. If you want a good party, book a great DJ. Your friends will thank you! No one likes that awkward moment where no one is dancing because the DJ is bumping bad disco music.
6. Awkward seating arrangements, or no seating arrangements at all. Listen, we feel you. Creating the seating chart SUCKS. What sucks even more is being seated with people you don’t know at all, or having no idea what table you could sit at to minimize the awkward small talk.
7. Not enough parking or bathrooms. Again, if you opt for a venue that doesn’t have enough of either, consider renting luxury porta-potties, or shuttling guests in. Yes, it is an added expense, but it’s part of the experience and your guests will thank you more than you can imagine!
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