Yes, it’s your wedding day! You’ve paid for it, planned for it and waited for it (possibly for an entire pandemic) and you deserve to get everything you want out of that event. At the same time, you need to be thoughtful about the experience your guests have. Why? Because if your guests feel tired or annoyed, they will leave before your dance floor opens up and that may put a damper on YOUR experience.
Here are the top 3 Wedding Guest Pet Peeves to Avoid if you want to have the wedding of your dreams:
Ambiguous Dress Codes: As it stands there are 3 dress codes that people understand: formal, semi-formal and black tie. Modern couples tend to avoid these traditional terms and opt instead for ambiguous directives such as: Beach elegant, Garden friendly, or (my all-time favorite) Shades of Blue.
What do these terms mean? Nobody knows. As a result, a myriad of dress codes present themselves on the day of your wedding, that results in some very confusing photographs and uncomfortable guests. Want to avoid this confusion? Stick to what people know.
Too Much Time between Ceremony and Reception: From the minute you walk down the aisle as a married couple to the last toast, should be no more than 2 hours. For guests, that’s all they can manage. After 2 hours of sitting, eating and drinking, the momentum dies, and they begin to yawn.
Keep your guests in a celebratory mood by taking as many pictures before the wedding as possible. If you don’t want to do a ‘first look’ with your groom, you can take your family photos ahead of time so that you only have Couple Photos to do before dinner. This will keep the guests happy and bolster the overall spirit of your day!
Long Toasts: People enjoy hearing speeches, but only if they are short and sweet. Limit the number of speeches and give your speakers time limits for their toasts. Remember: five 20-minute speeches amount to over an hour and a half of talking. There’s no quicker way to kill your wedding vibe than long, drawn out speeches—and a couple as fabulous as you guys, deserve only the best wedding vibes!