Even though your wedding is your special day you still want your guests to feel as welcome as possible, but sometimes this isn’t the case if you don’t go out of your way to make it a reality. Here are a few ways you can keep everyone happy, especially the ones coming from out of town.
1. Keep them in the loop
When you ask a few lucky people to be your bridesmaids they’ll be honored and they’ll make it their duty to ensure your wedding is fantastic. Some of them might live in a different city or state and it’s going to be hard for them to know what is going on unless you keep them in the loop. You should email them on a constant basis to let them know what is going on and they’ll be able to help you through any problems. You don’t just want them to turn up on the day of the wedding to stand around looking pretty.
2. Give people your schedule
So that no one is late or lost, you should send everyone your wedding day schedule in advance. This will let them know everything that is meant to happen at what times during your wedding day. This will insure no delays from your guests or bridal party.
3. Arrange a hotel deal
This is another way you can help your guests by lowering the cost of attending your wedding. Speak to a hotel in your local area and if you tell them the amount of people would like to book a room I’m sure they’ll give you a very good deal. If they don’t you can easily ask around and someone with plenty of vacancies will agree to your request. Let your guests know about it and they’ll save a lot of money by booking into the hotel you’ve already arranged for them.
4. Shuttle them around
Now that you have worked out the hotel deal. Check to see if a shuttle bus is available to pick up your guests from the airport. If not, you could rent a minibus and have one person from your family to pick everyone up saving them the cost of taxi or rental care fees. You’ll need a list of all the arrival times and you can make sure there is someone waiting at the airport to pick them up.
5. Stick around for a while
You might have already planned your honeymoon to the Great Barrier Reef, but nobody says you have to jump on a plane the day after your wedding. The guests arriving from out of town might stick around for a few days instead of jumping on their own plane to fly back home. It might be nice if you spend one or two days with them before they do leave because it could be a while before you see them again, plus it will give you a chance to hang out in a much less formal environment.
You will enjoy your wedding a lot more if every single one of your guests has a smile on their face and I’m sure they will if you do your best to look after them.
Guest Blogger: Nicola Joseph, the author of this article, is a freelance blogger, currently writing for, Orpheus, a beautiful island resort in Queensland. She loves to travel and is extremely fond of trekking. You can get in touch with Nicola via Twitter @ NicolaJoseph.