Whether you’re a wedding host or guest, there’s no arguing that these events are one of the most complex parties anyone can have. While we can’t instantly make things easier, hopefully the brief guide below will help make the planning a little less difficult.
Plan the Wedding
Although planning a wedding can be a daunting experience, the tips below, as discussed in The Knot, should help to keep you on track.
- As a rule of thumb, you’ll want to ensure you have enough space for your guests. You’ll want to allow 25 to 30 square feet per guest. While it seems like a lot, it’s not when you consider the dance floor, band, waiters, and other wedding essentials.
- Ensure the wedding date doesn’t overlap with any major events. The Knot has a helpful list of dates which you should avoid.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for extras from the venue when planning your wedding. After all many venues would rather have your business as opposed to nickel and diming you.
- As a rule of thumb, you should expect about 30 percent of your invitees to decline the offer. This depends heavily on how many out of towners are expected, along with the destination and timing of the wedding.
Tech Tips for Wedding Attendees
Below are a few tips from The Huffington Post to help you navigate this complex field.
- Never send out a photo of the bride before she walks down the aisle. The last thing the groom needs to see on their wedding day are images of his bride before she walks down the aisle.
- Use a provided hashtag when sending out a picture. It’s a great way for people to see the event from a different perspective.If the couple requests you use a specific app to share photos, then try to do so.
- Don’t vent about the wedding on social media. Whether the food isn’t up to your standards or the DJ needs to change the music, it’s best for you to speak to a the planner directly.
- Don’t forget to silence or shut your phone.
- Don’t Vine the couple’s vows, first look or any other sentimental moments
Wedding Gift Tips
Not sure what to buy for the bride and groom? Below are a few helpful wedding gifting tips from Real Simple which should make the decision making process a bit easier for you.
- It’s okay to veer off the gift registry when shopping for a couple. In most cases, the registry is simply a set of suggestions rather than firm rule as to what to buy.
- Although you technically up to one year after the wedding to send your gifts, ideally you’ll want to send them one to two weeks before the wedding.
- If you attend the wedding shower and the actual ceremony, you will need to bring gifts to both events.
- If you’re part of the wedding party you don’t necessarily need to buy another gift on top of your other expenses. Instead you could just give a little something such as a book of love poems or a small framed picture.
If you’re looking for something easy but thoughtful to give as a gift, why not consider a wedding gift basket? They’re fairly comprehensive and come with a variety of goods, and come in a variety of prices to fit virtually any budget.