We know that your wedding is a celebration of you as a couple, but it's also about celebrating your friends and family who have been part of your journey. Being gracious hosts is so important. After all, your guests have likely traveled from afar, showered you with gifts and supported your relationship. So without further adieu, we share our Top 5 Tips for Being Gracious Hosts at the wedding:
1. Starting with your save the date cards, your guests will naturally look to you to guide them as to what's next. Be sure to clearly indicate pertinent information they'll need to know (it's helpful to list a wedding website or lodging details, ferry information and the like).
2. Take care of your guests. We can't say this enough! Provide direction from the moment guests arrive; have a greeter welcome them with lemonade and direct them as to what's next. Ceremony? Photos? Remember that wedding programs and signage are key to ensuring guests know what's going on. Make sure you have more than enough food and drink for them (including water!). There's nothing worse than having guests lingering for too long with no refreshments, especially during the hot summer months.
3. Greet your guests. We know that many weddings have enormous guest lists simply by default. But be sure to pad in enough time to greet each guest, especially your close friends and family. Having a moment with each guest to say thank you will mean a lot years down the road.
4. Give thanks. Pen thank you notes to each guest (one message to all guests would be lovely) and set them atop place settings so your guests will see them when they sit down for dinner.
5. The written word should never be forgotten! Send out thank you notes immediately after your wedding celebration saying thank you not only for any gift you may receive but, most importantly, for guests coming to your celebration.
With these tips you'll surely be a gracious wedding host and your guests will appreciate the gestures.
Any additional tips you can share with us today? Or, what NOT to do as a gracious wedding host? Dish it below!