Imagine you're about to walk down the aisle.
You've spend countless hours making sure everything goes as planned. You hired your dream photographer, your make-up and hair are on point. You're about the marry to person of your dreams.
And then as you start to walk, you're looking into the crowd of people you've hand selected to be part of your big day only to see the backsides of their mobile devices while they take snap shots of you.
Your eyes search to make eye contact with your soon to be life partner, but your aunt is standing in the middle of aisle to get a better glimpse of you as your uncle is calling out your name to look over to him so he can take a photo of you on his big fancy camera.
And all you could think of is:
WHAT. IS. HAPPENING.
You want your guests to arrive early to your ceremony. Nothing distracts a crowd than the sound of an entire family trying to seat themselves when you're exchanging meaningful vows.
Remind them what time the ceremony starts, but suggest them to come 15 to 20 minutes early. This gives them enough time to plan ahead for parking, walking distances, or unforeseen issues like changing a diaper, wardrobe malfunctions, etc.
Sign the Guestbook
You spent some nice money on a pretty little guestbook for your guests to sign. But then it's placement at the wedding became, well....kind of an after-thought so naturally, not that many people signed it aside from your aunt, and your cousin's plus one you just met.
When you plan to have a guestbook, put somewhere people will see and want to sign. Make it fun for your guests. You can even get them to think about what they're gonna write before the wedding, and maybe even create a fun theme about it.
This has been a recent wedding phenomenon within the wedding industry. Not only is has this been a trend, but it makes a lot of sense too.
With so much technology constantly in our everyday lives, it's nice to have some time without being glued to our phones. And your big day should be one of those days. Urge your guests to unplug for your wedding ceremony. Not only will this create a more memorable ceremony with everyone fully engaged and focused on the both of you, but it's also a way for your wedding photographer to get the best candid photos of your guests (without their faces buried in their phones).
Be Respectful to All Vendors
Now this may be a big harder to control, but just bringing it up may bring the thought into everyone's minds.
Making your guests aware that your wedding vendors were hand-selected by person or service (or both) may let your guests know that you do care that your vendors are being treated respectfully. It's absolutely necessary to feed the vendors who are working long hours; so creating the environment that you care about your vendors let's your guests know that it's okay if they see them eating, taking a small break, or even sitting for a moment. It's a small thing, but it makes a world of difference to your wedding vendors.
Honestly, this portion can have it's own blog post, but for the sake of this post, we'll keep it short.
Creating a Positive-Vibes Only Environment
Nobody likes a negative person, especially at a wedding!
Remind your guests that you want them to have fun on your day. You could even list out some fun activities you'll have, that way your guests are more inclined to understand your positive-vibes only motto. Reminding them by mentioning it through your verbiage when talking about your wedding via social media, during rehearsals, or adding a fun sign at the entrance of your reception.
You'll be surprised at how much positive vibes can really latch onto people and bring to your day making a way more fun experience.
There's only so much you can do to curate the perfect wedding day. But at the end of the day if things don't go as planned, it's okay.
As long as you are with the person of your dreams, that's all that matters.
...And champagne. Because duh.
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