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Foreign guests---No doubt, foreign
guests make huge efforts to be there
at weddings of their loved ones, there-
fore finding ways to make their stay
more enjoyable should be a must. Good
tips are to provide save-the-date notices
via email and include an accommoda-
tion card in the invitation.
Accommodation cards outline choic-
es for where to stay whilst on vacation.
A good idea is that apart from hotels,
be sure to include some bed and break-
fast options too, so that guests with all
budgets can have a choice.
Providing foreign guests with wel-
come bags or baskets is another way
to make them feel special. These baskets
can include some of these items: an
itinerary for the wedding day/pre-
events, a map, list of nearby restaurants,
tours or activities, a transportation card
(if shuttle service/taxis will be provided),
some local snacks, small tube of sun-
screen, bottled water, travel candle,
hand fan and mosquito repellant.
"Powder room power"---Believe it
or not, many guests will rate a wedding
not only by their guest experience, but
by the quality of the bathroom.
It might be a good idea to outfit your
reception venue s bathroom with a bas-
ket of hair accessories, breath mints,
lip balm, facial blotting paper and toi-
letries. These are sure to be favourites
with your female guests!
Work with the weather---Sometimes,
the venue or time of day for your wed-
ding can dictate the wedding favours
you will provide. Choosing favours that
work well with the weather can be a
practical option, for example---giving
guests parasols, sunglasses, shawls or
Kids table---Kids short attention
spans are notorious and it s something
they can t help! Some weddings have
started having separate special rooms
or spaces just for kids during the recep-
tion speeches. These rooms have
babysitters who supervise fun activities
such as movie time or even scavenger
If you re unable to book a separate
room for kids, try having a kids table
where kids can have their fill of colour-
ing, crafts and small toys.
Thanking guests---Lastly, remember
that your wedding guests want to feel
Apart from making a special
announcement to thank your guests
on the wedding day, you can also print
up thank you cards that you give out
at the reception or even better, write
personalised thank you cards or notes
At the end of the wedding day, guests
who feel welcomed will not only enjoy
the wedding day itself tenfold, but will
cherish warmer memories.
For more reception activities for guests,
check the TrinidadWeddings' Pinterest
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Some wedding guests come
from far and away, and some are
as close as our next door neigh-
bour. But wherever they come
from, they all have one thing in
common---they want to feel wel-
come. Too often brides get carried
away thinking about how to make
the wedding perfect for them-
selves but forget to think about
it from the guests point of view!
Once you go through the flow
of the day, being thoughtful about
each step will become easier to do.
Here are some tips that I ve tried
to put in sequence:
Invitations---Apart from the
invitations, some couples provide
a link to a wedding blog, newsletter
or website, or even send additional
stationery outlining details about
the wedding before hand. This
gives guests reasonable expecta-
tions and is helpful for answering
any questions they might have had
but felt awkward about asking.
drinks signal that you ve thought
about guests who may have had
to sit through a fairly long cere-
mony. Themed beverage acces-
sories such as patterned paper
straws, cocktail umbrellas, and fruit
garnishes can also add pizzazz to
Appoint "guest ambassadors"---
As a bride and groom, it may be
difficult for you to chat with every
wedding guest unless you have a
small guest list. However, for larger
weddings, you can ask for help
from your bridal party. Encourage
them to introduce guests to each
other and make connections about
what they may have in common.
This is a good precursor for getting
conversations started, especially
for guests who may not know
many people or for those who are
more reserved or shy.
grammes are a way of keeping the
momentum going at a wedding,
since guests can predict what will
happen next, and also how long
it s expected to take.
More modern wedding pro-
grammes incorporate games for
the guests (like crossword puzzles
and quizzes) and "ease the eye"
with more graphical representa-
tions or illustrations, rather than
Make wedding guests feel special
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