It is true that there wouldn't be a wedding without you and your fiance. However, there wouldn't be a fabulous party without all of your family and friends in attendance. One of your goals, as a newly married couple, should be to host an unforgettable party that guests will rave about for years to come. Over the years, we have collected ideas from our couples about what they did to ensure their guests were happy at their wedding. Below are just a few standouts that we'd like to share with you.
When creating a gift registry, be sure to include items in every price point.
When selecting food for your reception, keep possible allergies in mind. If there is something you and your new spouse must have, that may not be widely liked, (like hot chili peppers or liver) make it an appetizer for your cocktail hour instead of pairing it with the main course.
Choose a centerpiece that makes a unique statement, but make sure your guests don't have a problem speaking to each other across the table.
Do your best to greet each of your guests. The easiest way to do this is during dinner. Receiving lines take a long amount of time and takes away from pictures after your ceremony. After finishing your first course, walk around to each table and say hello to everyone - they will appreciate it a lot.
Keep your vendors in mind when planning the reception. Most of them, such as your photographer, videographer and wedding planner, have been working with you all day and haven't had the opportunity to eat. Most caterers will provide a "vendor meal", for a much smaller fee than your guests' meals, if requested.
Unless absolutely necessary, try to keep the break between your ceremony and reception to less than an hour. Your guests are excited about your reception, but waiting too long in between can be tiring if there is nothing for them to do.