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9 Things Every Guest Wants at a Wedding Ceremony

Of course, your wedding should be all about you and your partner.  But if you are planning on inviting guests, you can’t totally forget them in your planning.

So what do guests really want? It’s simple! They want to celebrate your love in the most comfortable, sincere and joy-filled way. If you keep these in the back of your mind, then all of your guests will be raving about how yours was the best wedding ceremony ever!


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Every guest wants…

To not have to stand for too long


No one wants to stand forever. And they especially don’t want to do it when they’re all dressed up in fancy clothes and uncomfortable shoes. Your guests’ comfort is a big deal. Ensure your ceremony has enough seating for everyone and that guests aren’t being asked to stand for too long.


No one minds standing while you make your way down the aisle, but they may get antsy if they have to stand for a full 30 minute ceremony.


Something personal


Your guests want to hear something personal. Everyone has been to the same boring wedding ceremony but they haven’t been to your wedding. Make it your own by sharing your personal vows or picking a special reading/poem. Insert your own voice into your ceremony to truly make it yours.


To not be out in bad weather


Of course, you can’t control Mother Nature. But you can do your best to limit your guests’ exposure to bad weather. This starts by preparing them ahead of time. If you’re getting married on a sandy beach, your guests need to know so they can dress accordingly. Provide details on your wedding website or invites.


And if you’re planning an outdoor wedding, ensure you have a backup plan in case the weather doesn’t hold up.


Something that is so you


Your vows are not the only place where you can inject some creativity into your wedding. From the outfit you wear, the music you choose, to the décor you have, every element of your wedding ceremony can be uniquely you. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box, have your dog be your ring bearer, wear sneakers instead of dress shoes, or play something from the Foo Fighters as you come down the aisle.


To be able to see


As the stars of the show, everyone wants to be able to see your smiling (and probably crying) faces as you say your vows and exchange rings. The worst experience for a guest is to spend the entire ceremony craning their neck or cursing the tall guy in front of them for blocking their view. Talk to your venue and do your best to ensure that your special moment will be seen by all of your important people.


To be able to hear


Just as vital as seeing, your guests want to be able to hear you! What’s the point of picking a beautiful reading and writing heartfelt vows if no one can even hear them? I provide a professional sound system to ensure everyone can pick up every meaningful word.


To understand what’s going on


If your ceremony is really out of the box, or if you’re incorporating a language, religion or culture that is unfamiliar to your guests, let them know what’s happening. You can do this by providing information in a ceremony program, on your wedding website, on signs at the ceremony, or by asking your celebrant to make an announcement. You don’t want to leave your guests feeling confused. Instead, invite them into this important experience by explaining your traditions.


To understand what comes next


After a ceremony, a lot of guests are left wondering, “Well, now what?” They assume there’s a reception but many are a bit fuzzy on the details of where and when. Make things easier for your guests by having these instructions readily available.  You can also have your celebrant make an announcement in the housekeeping at the end of your ceremony along with a group photo or a special cocktail hour, you’ll need to remind guests about this so they know where to go.


The ceremony to start on time… or as close as possible!


No one likes waiting around. Your guests would love it if your wedding ceremony could start on time, pretty please. And, confession, your vendors would love this too! Of course, everyone understands little delays. But making your guests wait around for more than 10 – 15 minutes is never appreciated. Plus, you’ll be super stressed if you’re running late and things are falling behind schedule.

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