Be my Guest
15 May 2014
While your wedding is primarily about the love you share, thinking about your guests in advance will prevent any unwanted stress in the lead up to the big day. Lakeside’s wedding executive, Rhianne Foster, shares her top tips on how to ensure the fussiest of guests enjoy the day as much as you.
Pick a convenient date
If you have selected a day which perhaps falls in the height of summer season or surrounding Christmas, let your guests know about it so they can plan accordingly. Often bride and grooms will send a ‘save the date’ prior to an invite so your nearest and dearest will be in attendance.
Perhaps most crucial to your wedding day’s success is the venue. Those travelling out of town may need overnight accommodation. Remember to include details of your venue and nearby accommodation on invites. You may also need to reserve a number of rooms well in advance when booking your big day.
Think also about the logistics if you are having a ceremony at a separate venue to your reception as often guests panic about how they will get there. Are you planning any transport or maybe you can just provide guests with the postcodes and parking instructions to help put their mind at rest.
Keep them informed
Don’t leave your guests waiting around while you have hundreds of photographs taken, instead put up an itinerary at your venue. There are so many ways you can do this, totem poles, chalk boards or programmes to slot in an order of service. If most your guests are online savvy then why not create your own wedding website so people can visit it whenever they choose.
Hungry guests are not happy ones. A few canapés or snacks will keep your guests from getting cranky. If you are providing a wedding breakfast, remember to ask about dietary requirements so you are well prepared. Perhaps creating a tick box option on invites for them to return?
If children are attending your wedding, a sweet cart is a great way of keeping them entertained as they begin to get restless and is much more welcome than traditional desserts.
Another way of giving your guests an experience to remember for all the right reasons is laying on some quality entertainment. Whether this is to create an English Country Garden atmosphere with soft jazz, a grand event with a string quartet or lawn games to keep the younger ones entertained think of ways to make an impact.
To really make your day stand out why not allow guests to join you for a drinks reception and celebrate on the lake?
Or, for the added experience choose to take a trip after your wedding breakfast. Our team would be happy to help organise a Lake cruise.
Playing a mix of music for the older and younger generations, as well as the classics, will ensure everyone joins you on the dance floor.
Say thank you
One of the key things that bride and grooms can forget is often one of the most important – never underestimate the power of a thank you note.
Plan your day the right way by speaking to the team at Lakeside Hotel and Spa. For further information visit the dedicated wedding section of our website, download our wedding brochure, or call 01539 530001.