When your family members and friends arrive at your wedding ceremony, there will be so many fun and unique ways to make them feel special. But, your guests’ wedding experience should begin with your invitations (or better yet your save the dates) — So, here are five helpful tips for making your family members and friends feel welcome BEFORE they step foot into your wedding venue.
Send Your Guests Save the Dates: The simple act of giving your guests the heads up about your wedding date and location is truly a considerate gesture because it gives your guests the opportunity to properly plan ahead for your wedding day.
Inquire About Dietary Restrictions on the RSVP Card: Guests with dietary restrictions and food allergies shouldn’t have to worry if your wedding reception meal is going to make them sick. Ask them about their dietary restrictions in advance then submit their restrictions to the venue’s catering manager or chef to ensure they are taken care of. This simple will mean the world to your guests and it will impact their overall experience on-site.
Ask Your Wedding Guests to Suggest a Fun Song for the Reception: Use the space at the bottom of your RSVP card to ask your wedding guests about a song recommendation for your wedding reception. You may not use all of their recommendations, but the act of asking makes your wedding guests feel included.
Create a “Know Before You Go” E-Mail or Video for Your Guests: Use your smartphone or tablet to create a short, friendly video to post or send to your wedding guests. It can include 3 or 4 quick tips such as the local weather for your wedding weekend, parking information for your wedding venue, shuttle transportation instructions (if applicable), coat check instructions and quick recap of your wedding program schedule.
Leave a Welcome Note for Your Guests: Write a note to your wedding guests thanking them for coming — You can leave the note at the front desk of the hotel or include them in the welcome bag. If you have the space in the note, considering including some local details such as the local shops and attractions, along with a listing of the special events scheduled to take place during your wedding weekend. And, consider including a personalized map of the area that helps them find the local coffee shop for breakfast and the local pharmacy for those last minute mishaps.
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