Often we get so focused on the myriad large scale plans for the wedding—the dress, the flowers, the food, the ceremony—that we may not think of personal touches to welcome the most important people at the event: your guests! Friends and family have gone out of their way to attend your special day and support you as you start a new life chapter. Making everyone feel welcomed and comfortable should be part of every couple’s list of desired goals. Here are a few extra touches to pamper your wedding guests; include as many as you like depending on your time, budget and venue needs.
1. Provide a “bathroom kit” with thoughtful essentials to make your guests more comfortable. Ideas might include bandages, makeup towelettes, a small sewing kit for emergency repairs, hair pins, lip balm, hair spray, first aid remedies for indigestion or headache, safety pins, stain remover, body spray. You can even do “His” and “Hers” versions. Your guests will love the pampering touches!
2. Set up a refreshment stand for pre– or post– ceremony with a few drinks or light snacks (such as popcorn, pretzels or crackers) that guests can sip and nibble while they wait for the big event, or for your photos to be taken.
3. Ensure guest comfort during the ceremony and reception. If you are having an outdoor wedding in cooler temperatures, consider having pretty pashminas or throws available. If it is an outdoor wedding in summer, fans, parasolas, sunglasses or sun lotion might be thoughtful choices.
4. Let guests have a say in the music, by providing them with song request cards in your invitations or DJ request cards at the tables during the reception. People are most likely to get up and dance if there is music they really enjoy.
5. Create custom coloring books for the children.
6. Provide extra welcome for out of town guests by reserving a block of rooms at a local hotel. Many hotels offer discounted rates for this. You can also provide a welcome basket in their hotel room with simple snacks, maps, and a list of recommended sights or restaurants.
7. Personalize the glasses at the reception so that guests can keep track of their beverages (and you reduce the number of glasses that you go through). Our own “Bunches Bride” did this—read all about it at Cam & Becky’s Wedding blog.
8. Provide flip flops or stretchy ballerina flats for guest comfort as they dance the night away at your reception.
9. Leave thoughtful notes or thank you cards at the guest place settings. You may not have a lot of time to visit with each guest, but this way all will feel remembered. Be sure to follow up by mailing out thank you cards that are personal and timely, right after your wedding.
10. Provide a list of cabs or driver services to ensure your guests a safe ride home, or consider providing taxi chits if budget allows.