You’re getting married, ideas are flowing and you may think each idea you have is the best idea ever. But wait… think through your ideas and what you’re planning so you don’t make these top wedding mistakes.
Bad Dates- Carefully select your date. Getting married on a holiday weekend may seem like a brilliant idea but your guests may already have holiday plans, and flights are pricy. Do you and your guests a favor and don’t get married on a holiday weekend. Create a new holiday- your anniversary, not to be shared with any other annual holiday!
Confusing Invitations- Invitations should be so clearly written that there is no question as to who is invited. Specifically write out each name of the guest you’re inviting to avoid any confusion and awkward conversations later. All of the details including dates, times and locations should also be clear. A wedding invitation with so many important details is not a time to use fancy font, abbreviations or confusing wording if you want guests to attend. Guests should also be given 2 months to RSVP as it takes time to request time off work, line up child care and make travel arrangements.
Cocktail Hour- The time between the wedding ceremony and reception is also known as cocktail hour or cocktail reception. This time truly should be kept to one hour. Having a few hours in between the ceremony and reception could allow your guests to lose interest and leave. During cocktail hour be sure to offer your guests drinks, food, something to do and comfy seats. Keep them excited to be at your wedding and not waiting long.
Toast Etiquette- While many guest love to hear the toasts, the person giving the toast is often so nervous and just wants their part to be over. Those who should make a toast include your Best Man, Maid of Honor and Parents of the Bride (Parents of the Groom are optional). The person giving the toast should practice, stand with confidence and begin speaking once they have everyone’s attention. Toasts should not be long, 1-2 minutes is perfect. Toasts longer than 2 minutes often leaves guests wondering when the toast will be over.
Ungracious Host- Yes, your plate is extremely full, you’re the center of attention and you’re being pulled in every different direction but you must make time to be a gracious host as well. Your guests will be watching you, after all they came to your wedding to see you. Be sure to take time to go to each table or individually thank each guests for coming and sharing in the festivities.
While all the do’s and don’ts of planning your special day may seem overwhelming, relax and enjoy the planning process. All the planning will be over before you know it and you’ll soon be starting the next chapter of your amazing life together!
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