Before I officially say my goodbyes as a Bee blogger (can’t believe it’s almost that time!), I wanted to share some last thoughts in my next few posts.
With many of you recently getting engaged over the holidays (congrats!), I wanted to put together some observations, based on my experience of hosting a wedding as well as being a guest at many weddings, on how to be a good wedding host.
Don’t be late to your own wedding.
|I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date! / Photo via Destiny in Bloom|
Aim to create a wedding day schedule that’s seamless so guests understand where and when they need to be somewhere.
On that same note, try to avoid super long gaps if your wedding will be an all-day thing. If the “Catholic Gap” is a must, either schedule your cocktail hour during that time or at the very least, give guests recommendations on where they can go to kill time until the reception (a local bar, restaurant, casino, etc.).
If something doesn’t go right, don’t throw a tantrum–especially not in front of your guests.
|Don’t make this face at your wedding / Photo via Wedding Party App|
Make sure to thank your guests for attending your wedding (especially if it’s a destination wedding!)
You don’t necessarily need a receiving line, but either a speech at the rehearsal dinner or toast at the wedding thanking everyone for celebrating your big day should suffice and make guests feel that you appreciate their presence.
Always send a thank you card within 2 months of receiving a gift–even if you are receiving gifts before the wedding or well after the wedding.
|Mind your manners! / Photo via The Sole Mates|
Be gracious and say thank you to everyone who helped make your big day possible–from your wedding planner to the coat check boy.
A lot of time, effort and coordination will go in to making your big day possible, so if you happen to see your vendors throughout the day, make sure to give them a quick thanks. They’ll appreciate it!
But the most important tip of all?
Be happy and enjoy your big day!!
|Smile! You just got married :) / Photo via Munaluchi Bridal|
What are your top tips on how to be a good wedding host?