More… “How To Be A Good Wedding Host”

I have written quite a few blog posts on being a good ‘Wedding Guest’, but thought it was time for another post on “How to Be a Good Wedding Host”.  It is not hard.  I don’t think I have worked with a bride yet who hasn’t been thoughtful and considerate of her guests’ comfort.  But sometimes, it’s a good idea to check-in with some on-line resources, (such as this blog!  🙂  ), and you may run across something you haven’t thought of yet.

The next five photos are mine from a lovely “Camp” wedding I was the ‘Day of Event’ Planner for.  The bride and groom thought of everything.  Above, the female guests are invited to choose a pair of flip flops in case their party shoes began to pinch when it came time for the dancing to begin.

It was a lovely warm day, but as day turned to night, it DID get a little chilly.  Not to worry!  The wedding hosts had a basket at the ready with shawls to borrow if needed.

And why would I post the photo above?  Because the bride and groom at this wedding thought of everything.  They had an elderly grandfather, (we should all be so lucky!), and wanted to insure that he had an exceptionally comfortable seat with the dark chair above.

Serving ice cold drinks in the late summer heat?  How about a cozy to keep that beverage cold, and your hands comfortable?

With an outside wedding, you just might encounter a pesky mosquito or two.  Never fear, the wedding couple had bug spray conveniently located for their guests.  I love the novelty of it hanging in the tree.

This photo was from a wedding last summer.  When guests walked into the wedding venue area, they were greeted with a cocktail to keep them cool as they waited for the lovely couple to make their appearance.

And finally… you may not always have this option, but if you anticipate a hot day for your outdoor wedding, try to choose a time of day when it will not be as hot, and place your guests’ chairs in the shade it there is any.

Feel free to send me ideas you have used for your own wedding to make your guests comfortable!

How To Be A Good Wedding Host

I wrote a couple of posts about being a good wedding guest…how about one about being a good host?  I was reading an article from she finds.com and it raised some good points.  I have taken a few topics from the article and will give you my perspective on the issues and perhaps some personal antidotes…

Please be sensitive to guests’ special needs, whether it be dietary or physical.  I’m working with a bride who’s wedding is approaching.  She has already assigned a special chair for an elderly guest on the end of an aisle.  It’s that type of thoughtfulness that your guests will remember.

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Sadly, meal requests are often overlooked.  My aunt attended a wedding recently and was horrified to learn that the mother of the groom’s special meal was forgotten – she has a peanut allergy!  Not only insensitive, but deadly!  As the bride or hosts of the wedding, if you see that a guest has a special meal request, make a note of it in your wedding diary, and remember to remind the catering staff the week of the wedding.  Or better yet, have your wedding coordinator make that reminder call for you!

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This came to me from my oldest daughter, who is entering the wedding frenzy era of her life.  Said my oldest, “I wish the bride and groom wouldn’t choose foods that aren’t notorious for sticking in your teeth!” “What exactly do you mean,” KK, I asked.  “Well, think how glue-like spinach is to your teeth, or how crackers with seeds seem to find their way into an unseemly spot!  Really!”  You know what, I agree!  Let’s avoid those foods!

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“Cocktail Hour” is too long.

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Ok, I know the above photo is the ideal place for a wedding reception cocktail hour.  But even it could get a little old if guests are waiting TOO long for the bridal couple to make their grand entrance.  Try to keep your “Cocktail Hour Photo Session” as short as possible.  Get as many individual shots as you can BEFORE the wedding.  This way the cocktail hour picture session can be reserved for the  bride and groom together, with their families, and attendants.