Before your first dance, before you say one word at your wedding ceremony, before you even arrive at your wedding reception, you have many opportunities to welcome your wedding guests—and to keep doing so throughout your wedding ceremony and reception.
Choose a convenient wedding venue
Keep your guests’ best interests at heart when making big decisions, like selecting your wedding venue. Choose a guest-friendly venue that is conveniently located, has free parking, or is close to local hotels, like 1451 Renaissance Place. Make sure your wedding venue is large enough so everyone has enough arm room (the term “like a sardine” should not be used to describe your venue), an incredible atmosphere, and has all the spaces (changing area, foyer, ceremony site, dance floor, etc.) you need to make your night—and your guests’ experience—incredible.
Give them ALL the information they need
Use a mixture of paper and technology to inform your guests of ALL the details: logistics, ceremony and reception venue details, local hotels, parking, etc. Set up a website, use social media, and send out detailed invitations to ensure that your guests know what to expect and where to go—one of the best ways you can make them feel welcome before they walk into your wedding.
Take song requests
Make your guests feel part of the festivities by asking for their song requests. You can do this on the RSVP cards your guests send back, or in a neat display at your wedding.
Welcome them with a customized sign
This is a DIY project that can be uniquely you, or a fun customized purchase uniquely designed for your wedding. If you are hosting a wedding with a lot of pearls, make or buy a sign with pearls around the frame and a custom message for your guests. If you make the sign with a generic message such as “Welcome to the newest Mr. & Mrs.” you can even use the sign in your home after the wedding.
The old saying “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” applies to all your wedding guests (male and female). Choose a quality caterer (and a venue that lets you select and bring in the right caterer), and make sure your guests have fuel to keep dancing through the night. Serve late night snacks—or another late-night course—to keep your dance floor going.
Give them gifts
Leave little favors at the entrance, or on tables around the reception that fit with your wedding décor, and who you are as a couple. If you have guests from out of town, reach out to them with a customized packet of maps and information about the area. Give one of the most important part of your big day—your wedding party—gifts that make them feel appreciated. For other ideas, use one of these ideas for wedding favors or consult the experts for welcoming gift ideas that are uniquely you.