2. Wow us
What’s the first thing that’s going to be creating an incredible impression on your guests on your wedding on the day?
The drive up to your castle venue?
Is it the beautiful, intricate and breathtaking styling inside?
The finishing touches and bit and pieces which they will see and just instinctively KNOW that this is YOUR day?
Is it the bride’s dress and/or the groom’s suit?
Make sure there’s something to make them say WOW early on!
3. Show us your love!
Without the ceremony you’ve just organised an expensive party so this is probably the most important part of the wedding day – THIS is arguably what they’ve come to see.
Fully embrace the moment and let all your fears, insecurities and concerns fall away during this time.
Literally everyone there is rooting for you and there is no easier time and place for you to be 100% you; the same applies to your partner too.
Love this time; it’ll be over too fast.
Great guests simply adore seeing two souls that are meant for each other joining forever.
6. Feed and water us
Early breakfast and canapes aren’t quite going to cut it when it comes to hunger satiation (and maybe soaking up early alcohol consumption) as if you’re not eating properly until maybe 3:30 – 4:30 then guests will be starving.
Your perfect choice of 3 course meal, sit down buffet or exotic street-food will go down a storm – this is another chance to be adventurous, choose something that they won’t be able to get anywhere else!
(Obviously taking any medical or dietary requirements into consideration.)
7. Make us emotional!
The speeches are one of the most interesting, heartfelt and emotional parts of the day where past stories can be shared, loved ones remembered and true unbridled love can be declared.
Giving the speech givers the maximum amount of support possible both in the writing and the giving of the speeches will bring the best out of them.
There’s no-one there wanting them to fail – they just want to hear what they’ve got to say.
Also ensure that a microphone/PA system has been thought of – many people don’t feel happy projecting their voices to 100 people!
8. Entertain us some more
There’s typically a couple of hours between the wedding breakfast finishing and the evening starting so this is again a really good time to provide something different in terms entertainment, this could be a continuation of the entertainment from the drinks reception or something entirely different.
Entertainment here serves two purposes, firstly of course it keeps guests happy, smiling and the atmosphere flowing at a time when there’s not that much else going on for guests and secondly it stops, or at least slows down people going back and forth to the bar which I know can be a concern for some couples.
9. Dance for us!
Your first dance is a really special moment that typically the vast majority of guests will want to witness – whether you’re a dancer or not this is your time to shine.
Too many first dances are just the couples swaying side to side and having a chat – this isn’t a time to be self-conscious it’s a time to come out of your shell and physically demonstrate your love for each other (no, not like that!)
There’s a real up and coming trend of making your first dance even more memorable by actually spending time with a choreographer who’ll put together a dance for you to whichever song or song(s) you like so that you can your partner can truly own your first dance!
10. Get us up dancing!
This ties in so nicely with the above – if you nail your first dance and genuinely own it then it will inspire your guests to get up and join in.
Your music choice whether it’s a band or a DJ or a combination will also be responsible for this – their biggest job isn’t actually playing music it is in fact reading the room and playing the right songs to match the mood.
This is where paying for experience is paramount – that experience will fill a dance floor!