How to ensure your guests enjoy your wedding


Six to nine months before the wedding, send Save the Date cards to guests who will need to make travel arrangements. Include as much information as possible so they are able to make plans.

Let out of town guests know about local attractions. Maps, guide books and directions are helpful for those unfamiliar with the area.

Consider setting aside a block of hotel rooms, if you have many guests from out of town. Most hotels offer special rates if a block of rooms is needed. When you call to reserve rooms you may find some hotels require a deposit, while others may simply offer rooms at a special rate until a specified date. If a certain number of rooms are reserved for your wedding, some hotels will offer the bride and groom a free room for their wedding night. These are items to definitely ask for if not offered by the hotel.

Consider leaving small gifts at the hotel for your guests. Special goodie bags or baskets can be left at the hotel's front desk to be given to the guests when they check in. These thoughtful packages may include chocolates, snacks, a gift certificate to a nearby restaurant, an area tour book, a map, or even a simple card thanking them for coming so far to attend your wedding.

If you are having a formal reception, carefully plan the seating arrangement. Place guests in comfortable situations with those they know or those with whom they share similar interests.

If the reception dinner guest list includes children, consider offering 'kids meals'. Your younger guests will enjoy them and they are usually less expensive.

When giving toasts, remember to include a 'thank you' to everyone for attending your celebration.

Send a hand-written thank you note for every gift received. Verbal thank you's, emails and form letters must be followed up with a hand-written personal note.

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