You may probably think that it is your big day and why do you need to focus on other people, but aren’t they the ones for whom you are doing all the arrangements in the first place, so why don’t do it flawlessly! Especially in Indian culture it is said ‘Atithi Devo Bhava!’ means ‘guests are equivalent to God’ so making sure that they are relived and enjoying your wedding may be blissful for you also.
All the guests are important:
You may have invited a lot of people from both sides, some family, some friends, some long lost cousins and extended family, and no matter if you are personally close to them or not they have come to your big day and so they are as important as any other guest. Don’t let them feel that they don’t belong there.
Here are some ideas that can help you provide your guests with a lovely experience throughout your wedding.
HAMPERS AND PERSONALISED GIFTS-
Show them how grateful you are to have them even before and also after the wedding, you can send sweets or chocolates along with an invitation and can give a personal touch by writing a note to the special ones. Also for them to have something to remember the great time they had, hand them a goodie package while they leave the venue. Provide them with snacks and daily essentials like moisturizer, sunscreen, or sanitizers to greet them when they arrive!
MAKE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA GAME STRONG –
Keep posting pictures and don’t forget to mention your squad. Make a hashtag and update all the guests with the day-to-day preps and let them get excited about your big day coming. You can also send them an email about the ceremonial schedules, share GPS locations of your venue, and don’t let them miss anything.
ACCOMMODATION AND TRANSPORTATION –
Try and accommodate all the guests at the same place, this way guests will get to mingle with each other and if the venue itself has an accommodation facility then it’s perfect. This way you don’t have to worry about the time to time transportation. Pick up and drop from stations or airports will be the cherry on the cake and your guests would appreciate your thoughtful gesture!
AMBIENCE AND SITTING – make sure there are adequate seating arrangements made. There should be a proportionate number of tables and chairs, plenty of leg space for them to move around and get comfortable. Now décor may seem to you as one of the aspects that just have to look good but it should also feel good, the bright colors and tacky stuff may also bring solace if used appropriately.
MANAGE THE TIMELINE – The smart planning will be not to line up ceremony after ceremony without having breaks in between. Give yourself and your guests some time. Also, try not to start any of the ceremonies very late, be punctual about it. It will save time and you and your guest will enjoy everything without any hurry.
FOOD AND DRINKS– Keep on checking that your guests are fed and well hydrated. To accommodate everyone it is best to create a menu with various options. And if any of your guests have any special requirements because of their dietary restrictions, try to fulfill that. Serve drinks and sodas in between.
KEEP THE THING GOING – If you have a little longer gap between two ceremonies, don’t let your guests get bored, tell your photographer to click their pictures during the extra time, play songs, engage them with something, a selfie booth or a picture-perfect spot will also do!
GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT –Setting a play area for kids will help the mommies unwind, loosen up and have some fun of their own. If possible, you can place a big projector screen in a garden or somewhere for guests to chill and have fun. A planned surprise flash mob for all the shy uncles and aunties will bring the best out of them. Play fun games and keep them busy.
DRESSCODE – setting a dress code for a function, for example, wear orange or green for mehndi or pastel outfits for Sangeet, will set up a whole mood in the ceremony and your guests won’t feel left out. These little things would make them feel special.
THEIR ROLE IN THE WEDDING – don’t let them forget that they are welcome, give your guests some kind of responsibility or a chance to help you. This way they would know that they also play a part in all the niceties going and that they are important. Insist them in dancing, singing and take part in the activities.
SALON AT HOME FOR THE LADIES –Who doesn’t like getting ready! Provide your female guests with makeup and hairstyling experts, who may help them look gorgeous. You can also arrange a spa and facial routine for your girl gang!
After making every possible attempt to give them comfort, don’t forget to ask them if they still need anything or if something is bothering them. And just remember, it’s the little things that matter the most!
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