If you’re planning a wedding, there’s no better way to make your special day perfect than by making sure that you and your guests are having fun. Whether you’re planning a large country-style getaway, or just want to have a laid-back backyard party with some close friends and family, these ideas will help ensure that everyone has an enjoyable time.
1. Clean up!
It sounds obvious, but if you’re planning a wedding where anything at all happens at your house, it’s important to clean before the festivities begin in earnest. Give the house a thorough cleaning, and make sure that nothing is lying around that might distract from all the fun. You don’t want your guests tripping over the vacuum cleaner or having to climb over a pile of toys!
2. Choose some signature cocktails
In many areas, it’s customary to have signature cocktails at a wedding reception. If you’re on a budget, have one or two of these drinks available as an alternative to soft drinks or plain old water. You could work with a company which specializes in wedding bartending before the reception to get some great ideas.
3. Have some activities for kids
Having some activities for the children at the wedding will ensure that everyone has a good time. Games, crafts, and other fun things to do can keep them entertained and engaged in your special day.
4. Stay hydrated and drink water
There’s nothing worse than feeling dehydrated at a wedding. You’ll have a sore head, and you may even feel sick. Make sure that there’s plenty of water available, and remember to drink it yourself!
5. Incorporate the seasons
If you’re planning a fall wedding, think about incorporating some harvest decorations and other touches that tie in with the season. If you’re getting married in the winter, consider having a log-burning fire or a roaring fire in the fireplace to keep everyone warm and cozy and toasty-warm inside.
6. Plan some alone time for the newlyweds
It’s not uncommon for newlyweds to feel a little overwhelmed at first. Having some time to themselves away from their friends and family can help them mentally prepare for the trials that they’re about to face.
7. Coordinate with your photographer
If you’re planning a wedding at a different location to where your photographer is based, you’ll need to make sure that they’re able to get access to the space easily and quickly. You don’t want to be stuck without photos of guests at your wedding because the person who’s been photographing the couple is stuck in traffic!
8. Avoid this common pre-wedding argument
The most common reason for couples to argue about before their wedding is the budget. It’s no surprise as the average cost for a wedding in the States is over $20,000. The first step is to get real about finances. How much can you spend? How much do you want to spend? If you don’t agree on certain expenses it doesn’t mean the other person doesn’t think it’s important.
9. Eat before you drink
A little bit of food in the belly can help prevent you from getting drunk too quickly, which might ruin pictures or make you clumsy.
The following tips should help you to have an enjoyable and trouble-free wedding to remember for many years to come.