There’s so many parts that go into making a wedding, the once in a lifetime celebration we all dream about. When you’re planning a wedding, the list can seem endless. There’s the food and the music and the decorations and the flowers and the favors…PHEW! We could probably keep going and fill this page with wedding details. All these parts are fun and special. You’re throwing THE biggest party of your life after all.
But with so many little details, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of the big picture, the parts of your wedding that matter most, and that’s what we’re here to talk about. How you can prioritize the people that make your wedding what will live on in your memories for years to come. That’s why we think you’d agree, the three most important parts of your wedding are you and your fiance, your friends, and your family. Simple right?
It is beautifully liberating to remember that at the end of the day, you’re going to have the opportunity to dress up, dance and party the night away with all of your favorite people by your side. It’s going to be one of those moments you’ll want to freeze in your mental scrapbook, because as we all know, as we get older and life gets crazier, these moments get harder and harder to come by. So we’re here to remind you to stay focused on the goal, on what’s going to really make your wedding day a success — and that’s you and the people you care most about.
So let’s talk about those people and how you can have the best day with them.
How can I have fun with my friends on my wedding day?
You probably have the most fun with your friends, right? So it’s important that you get to enjoy those special moments with them.
Let Your Friends Feel Special
Not every one of your friends will be in your bridal party, but you still want everyone to feel wanted and welcome. Sure this day is about you, but your guests are going to bring the energy that keeps the celebration going. Little gestures can go a long way in helping create that inclusive vibe. On your save the date card and invitation, you can express your happiness in getting to spend this moment with them. Sign up for Guestie and let everyone know that their presence truly matters. Inviting them to add to their profile and get to know other guests is an easy way to show how much you care about their experience.
Add Some Fun to Your Wedding Celebration
Sure your friends are going to have a lot to talk about over cocktails, but giving them fun things to participate in can keep the energy amped up all night long. Lawn games, photo booths, henna painting — you get the picture, give them engaging things to do and they’ll love you for it.
Let them Have a Say in Your Wedding Songs
How excited will someone be when they hear “their” song come on at your wedding celebration? It’s sure to be a memorable moment. Make the process easy and no work for you with Guestie’s Song Request feature. Here your guests can simply add in their favorites and the suggestions will automatically sync up to your Spotify wedding playlist. Can’t be any more simple than that!
How can I make my family feel included in my wedding day?
Get Everyone Introduced Before the Big Day
Your family might not know your fiance’s family. They might not know your college friends or work colleagues so it’s easy for the fam to feel a bit out of the loop. Going over your guestlist with your family can be helpful in making them feel included. It’s also helpful to have both your families meet before the reception dinner. One of the easiest ways to get everyone introduced is with Guestie. They’ll have a fantastic time browsing guest profiles and getting to know who everyone is so by the time your wedding day arrives, they’ll have an easy time connecting names with the faces they see.
Spend Special Time with the Family
You’re going to feel pulled in many directions on your wedding day. So instead of feeling stressed about trying to spend time with everyone, create a strategy beforehand. The cocktail hour for example, is a good time to give facetime to the special family members in your life. These might be the older members of your family that might not be on the dance floor all night. Giving them hugs and love at the start of the party can make them feel particularly special.
Incorporate Your Culture Into Your Special Day
Your family will love seeing their ancestry represented at your wedding. Think back on comfort foods that mean a lot to your family, cultural traditions you can incorporate into the ceremony or reception and even favors that give a nod to your heritage. There’s so many ways to add in your family’s heritage, but the most special ones will probably be the things that have a personal connection to you and your loved ones.
How do I make sure my fiance and I have a special wedding day?
Take care of yourself before your wedding day.
We get it. The last few days before your wedding are crunch time. You’re going to be putting the finishing touches on so many parts. But while you’re planning, make sure to save time for a low-key restful day before your wedding day. Listen, if making DIY handcrafted favors means you’re going to stay up the entire night before, they aren’t worth it! When in doubt, take on LESS than you think you can handle.
Leave extra time for getting dressed
There’s nothing more stressful than being late. Except maybe being late for your own wedding. Sure, your guests aren’t going anywhere, but wouldn’t it be nice to savor all that time leading up to your ceremony, rather than feeling frazzled and overwhelmed? Take time to go over with your bridal party what you’ll need from them and when you need them to show up.
Let Someone Else Handle Your Phone
While you’re getting ready for your wedding, guests might try calling and texting you with questions and messages. It can become not only a distraction, but a point of stress. That’s why it’s just easier to have someone in your bridal party taking care of the communication. Even better, don’t forget Guestie has a text update feature that gives you the chance to send out texts to guests keeping everyone in the loop.
Schedule in Couple-Time
Your wedding reception will be a frenzy of activity, one big milestone after the next. It will start to fly by before you know it. That’s why it is so nice to have that time to step away from the crowd and party and soak in the moment together. This can be when your photographer accompanies you for your moonlight couple photos. But it doesn’t have to be. You can ask for alone time without the cameras on you. Remember, it’s your wedding and your love, so do what makes sense for you.
An Easy Way to Bring All Your Wedding Guests Together
Create a more connected, fun, and personal wedding experience using Guestie. Sign up and watch the friendships between guests blossom. It’s the perfect way to build that pre-wedding excitement to get the party started right from the moment you walk down the aisle.