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OK. So, summer is almost finished. School is about to start and you still have a wedding to plan. I have a few more tips that might be able to guide you through this hectic time.
1. If a loved one can’t attend due to illness or travel cost, consider asking a guest to help livestream the event, via Google Hangout or “I Do” Stream.
2. Put your phone away. Check it once or twice just for emergencies, but everyone you should be talking to or texting will be coming and should know what is going on. It is very rude to be on your phone during any event, especially when it’s your own wedding.
3. Be sure to setup a wedding page with details for your guests. Many sites like the knot offer a free service to setup a custom web page (we also offer this service). Be sure to include and link to google maps, venue websites and hotel websites so people can easily and quickly get the info they need.
4. Don’t ruin the surprise. If you have something fun or different planned, mums the word. Wait till the big day, the impact is so much better if it is a surprise.
5. keep your ceremony brief. Don’t get me wrong. Your friends and family are present at your big day to see you get married – but no one wants to watch a drawn out ceremony. Keep the actual proceedings (not including entrances and exits) around 20 minutes so you won’t lose anyone’s attention.
6. Use a wedding App or Hashtag. There are so many great wedding apps to choose from for your big day. Some interactive apps allow guests to upload wedding photos into one dedicated place, while others keep your friends and family up on any wedding-related news. Want something even easier? Create clever hashtag and ask guests to tag all of their photos using it.
7. Make sure you greet each guest individually. It may sound obvious, but it’s important to personally greet each and every guest at your wedding. Once the celebration is underway do your best to spend time with each person – whether that means chatting over a cocktail, visiting their table at dinner, or letting loose on the dance floor.
8. Make sure your guests are comfortable. No matter what time of year you’re getting married, it’s important to think about what your guests might need to stay comfortable throughout evening. That may mean offering wraps, parasols, or flip-flops.
9. Speeches & toasts are a necessary component of any wedding, but it’s important to ensure they don’t drag on for too long. Keep the toast brief – no matter than a few minutes per person – and have your DJ or bandleader prepared to make tasteful cut-offs. I would love to answer any specific questions so please call or email me. I will be in the office Monday – Friday from 11am until 7pm.
I hope these tips have been useful. I will see you next month with more useful information.