Wedding Trends: Making Your Guests Comfortable

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Weddings are the celebration of the joining of a husband and wife, and the focus is rightfully mostly on them. Couples that care about their guests though, try to make them as comfortable as possible. This is done by making them feeling as welcome as possible. A few extra touches specifically meant for making your guests comfortable show them how much you care that they have come to celebrate your wedding and make them enjoy your wedding that much more. A little added thoughtfulness and care can make the most of your big day for you and your guests.

The main way to break down weddings into categories when speaking about guests’ comforts is by weather. The guests’ needs will vary depending on the weather. Due to the fact that most weddings take place during nice, warm weather, there is much that can be done during these seasons.

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The most common way to comfort your guests is to provide sandals for your guests. This is not limited to beach weddings only. Most girls would like to kick off their heels for the reception regardless of the location. Whether in a barn or on the beach, a dance floor is a dance floor, and women don’t like to cut a rug in heels. By setting out a basket of sandals for guests to use for the reception and take home with them, guests don’t need to choose between being uncomfortable or going barefoot on dirty floors.They’ll appreciate the small touch and enjoy their time more.

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The second most common comfort for guests is the new trend of providing throw blankets for wedding ceremonies or receptions that involve any outdoor locations. One of the perks of summer weddings are beautiful nights, which is why many receptions involve the outdoors in some way. For the guests in spaghetti straps or those sensitive to windy nights, leave out a few baskets of throw blankets for guests to cover up with. They also make for a sweet momento if guests can take them home.

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Warm weather carries with it many problems that cold weather does not. The chief among those are insects and the sun. Make your guests a little more comfortable by providing them some guard against both of these pests. Leave sun screen and bug spray in places that guests can easily find. This can mean leaving them by the programs for the ceremony and the wedding book for the reception. Or, it’s possible to create stations specifically for guests’ comfort and include this among the other goodies.

photo @ Bubbly Bride

For some stylish comfort in the sun, leave out sunglasses and/or parasols for guests. Guests will enjoy the uncommon gesture and the fact that so consideration was made for them. The added bonus with these options is that they each make photos more fun for guests. Accessories always make photos more fun and also make for great keepsakes.

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When dealing with cold weddings, most guests take necessary precautions and bundle up warmly before heading to the ceremony. As you may have guessed, the greatest concern is making sure they are warm. A great option is to see to this is to leave out a few baskets of mittens. If mittens aren’t enough, then you can also leave out a basket of hand warmers as well. Guests can slip these into their mittens for some extra warmth. Or, if their toes are beginning to freeze, they can slip them into their boots. If all else fails, you can have throw blankets available.

There are many comforts that can be provided for guests regardless of the type of wedding or time of year. First of all, to make sure all guests enjoy the wedding, children must be content. This not only makes kids happy, but it also makes it easier for parents to have fun. There are many simple solutions for this.

An easy way to make kids want to actually sit at the table is provide board games. This may look tacky though, unless you have board game centerpieces. A game of Chutes and Ladders or Sorry will keep kids entertained and in their seats for quite some time.

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You can also make the table their easel by covering the kid’s table in butcher paper. This will also keep them entertained at their table giving mom and dad a rare opportunity to dance.

photo @ Martha Stewart Weddings

If kids are getting restless though, and want to explore the reception, have I Spy boards ready for them. They can run around the reception together looking for everything on the list. For something really special, have a prize ready for the first person to cross off everything on the list.

photo @ Wedding Bee

The most timeless and simple way for kids to have fun is to give them bubbles. Bubbles are fun for kids to run around with inside and outside. And fortunately, they also can be used at the send off.

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For more fun for kids (and adults), consider a photo booth. No matter which type of photo booth you’d like to use, kids will love taking wacky photos for as long as they can, especially if props are involved. Adults will also love the momento and will have fun trying different poses with family and friends.

photo @ Style Me Pretty

Another amenity for all guests is a desserts section. The one thing everyone looks forward to at the wedding (and remembers) is the cake. You can also make another sweets stations to slake your  guests’ sweet tooth. If you don’t want to create another entire table of pies, cupcakes or candy, then you can set up a few camp fires or fire pits for guests to roast smores on. It’s simple, relaxed and a fun way for guests to end their evening.

photo @ Wedding Window

Lastly, (maybe this only only applies to cake and flowers or perhaps just DIY weddings), I like the idea of allowing guests to take the things that have been bought (not rented, obviously) that the bride and groom don’t want. The bride and groom can’t everything, so they might as well let others put the bouquets and mason jars to good use.
Small efforts and gestures can go a long way to show your guests how much you appreciate them coming to celebrate your wedding with you. Consider your guests’ wants and needs for your wedding and everyone will be sure to have a splendid time celebrating your new marriage.
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