Getting married is one of the most important days of our lives. It should be about you and your partner reflecting your taste, style, and personality. However, there are also going to be a whole bunch of other people who have traveled and spent money to attend your big day—your wedding guests—so it’s important to take their comfort and enjoyment into (major) consideration. Of course, trying to make 100 or more people happy is pretty much impossible. Between venue tours and cake tastings, it’s easy to forget about the little things when wedding planning and there’s an endless list of decisions to be made. From the décor to the dress to the catering and everything in between there are more than a few items on your wedding checklist that you, your partner, and guests care about the most.
To help get you started, here are some things that guests pay attention to the most (besides obvious logistical things that make sure people are comfortable and taken care of).
Cue the tears because everyone pretty much always cries during the vows. How can you not when you’re watching the bride and groom staring at each other promising to love and cherish each other forever?Your friends and relatives clearly love and the wedding vows will probably be the most authentically romantic moment of your wedding day. So be sure to work with your officiant to craft a ceremony that is personal and feels true to your relations
The Food + The Bar
No one wants to go hungry or thirsty at a wedding!For some guests, the highlight of a wedding is free booze (about a third of guests said they care about the bar). Alcohol can be expensive, though, so don’t feel like you have to offer a top-shelf selection. Know that your guests may stage a mutiny if they have to pay for alcohol, so instead, limit your bar to wine, beer, and a signature cocktail or two to save money while still providing ample drinks to your guests.
Bride’s Dress and Ceremony Entrance
No matter where you wed, first impressions are essential for both the ceremony and reception space. If you’re a bride, you may be fretting about that much-hyped decision—saying yes to the dress. And actually, it turns out that your guests actually will care about what you’re wearing (about 60 percent said that it’s one of the wedding details they care most about) and in particular, your “grand” entrance into the ceremony—that gasp-inducing moment.
Your guests want to celebrate you and your new spouse—and good music is essential for that party atmosphere! In fact, nearly half of wedding guests said they care about having good music at a wedding. Whether you go for a band or a DJ is entirely your decision, but make sure you hire a professional who can read your crowd to ensure the dance floor will be packed all night long. The last thing you want is a group of bored guests.
Décor + Flowers
Nice thoughtful touches to elevate the setting and keep it romantic doesn’t go unnoticed by your wedding guests. Both during the ceremony and reception, guests are indeed checking out your décor. That doesn’t mean you need to go Pinterest-crazy, but working with your vendors to come up with a cohesive color scheme and wedding style will ensure that your décor is on point.