What your wedding guests really care about

So, you’re throwing a wedding and you have a budget. While you have grand ideas about how every detail matters because it must match your vision, you need to know that you can kill yourself over things that no one will notice or you can focus on the areas that your Guests will remember. Here they are:

The Venue

What is more exciting than going to a unique location for a party? Exposed brick, a garden, festoon lighting and curated grounds are all characteristics that make for a beautiful space and photos to swoon over. Your Guests will want to take more pictures – and post them with your hashtag. What a way to make your memories last forever!

The Food

They just sat through the ceremony; now reward them with great food. Don’t default to “Package 2” – customize your menu to make it look like you. While a standard pasta dish is appreciated, a tuna roll station or do-it-yourself smores bar is a fun addition. I recently had a bride who loves Taco Bell. She is a well-respected, refined lawyer who loves to eat Taco Bell after fun nights out with her friends. I had the chef prepare four cheese quesadillas and portion them into bite-sized pieces and we placed a Taco Bell sauce packet in each portion. When these hit the crowd around 11:00 pm, it was a huge hit. People appreciate you feeding them. Don’t skimp on it.

Cake

People normally only eat cake when they are at weddings. Make it worth their wait. Along those lines, don’t make the cake such a unique flavor that it won’t appeal to the masses. If you want orange marmalade-strawberry cream cheese, have one layer of it and then have the other layers be more traditional.

If you keep in mind that all your Guests want is to celebrate with you, you’ll take pressure off of yourself and be able to enjoy your day.

 

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Put your chequebook away now

Here’s a simple fact.

If you are going to organise an event of any kind it is probably going to cost you more than that figure you plucked from mid-air in the management meeting.  Not least because once you’ve decided to call a meeting, hold a conference or take your sales team for a bit of bonding you will get all inspired to add the odd extra here and there.

But if thrift is the order of the day there are lots of ways to accomplish your goals without breaking the bank.

  • Keep the guest list really tight – does the CEOs nephew really need to come as well?
  • Take a good look at your office – are the facilities of your boardroom as good as the hotel you were thinking of booking?  Why not spend some of cash you would have spent on the hire charge on sprucing it up.
  • Want to motivate your staff?  Rather than trying to find an activity that will appeal to all why not hire a motivational speaker for the afternoon to entertain and re-energise.
  • Do something small on a regular basis rather than something big once a year.
  • Bring your clients and customers together for breakfast or afternoon tea.  Travel to them rather than paying for them all to come to you.

If you are planning an event that requires something more sophisticated, make sure you shop around.  There is a lot of choice, and depending upon your timing, some great deals to be had.  If you don’t have to have your event in peak season (February-June, September-November) there will be some terrific bargains to be had.  And make sure you look beyond the normal conference hotels, some of the best customer service is delivered in the cosy confines of private clubs.