Wedding planning? It’s time to make some decisions. Let’s begin with this prompt. What will your wedding guests remember? Do you focus on your “must-haves” for your wedding day or make plans so that it will be a memorable day for your wedding guests? Let’s talk about that.
The wedding is all about you and your groom. Therefore, the bride and groom are the focus of the decision-making. You will, however, have input from lots and lots of well-meaning advisors. So prioritize based on your dreams and inspirations for your wedding. In addition, you will want to consider the pros and cons of your decisions for your wedding guests. So what might be on the list of meaningful gestures and decisions based on those attending as potential guests?
Think about weddings that you have attended. What do you remember –good or bad? Remembering the bad or not so good things about weddings you have attended guides you. Reflecting on the good should also give you a compass on what worked for you when you were a guest.
So what are things that might cause guests to smile and to remember fondly? (in no particular order)
The Wedding Gown. This dress is the most important gown that a woman will EVER wear. And, of course, wedding inspiration and trends change from wedding season to the next. Think about this point. Your guests will not (or should not) care about the designer or manufacturer of the gown. Likewise, many of your guests won’t necessarily care if Monte Durham of “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta” helped you choose that dress. Well, they might. (I would). Your wedding guests won’t ask to see the price of the dress. They don’t need to know if it was online. It would help to consider who pays for the dress and be reminded that you will have it one time. And, you don’t need a dress for the ceremony and a dress for the reception. However, your guests will be impacted by how you look in that wedding gown. Does it fit you well? Are your personality and style reflected in your choice? Do you look comfortable in the way it moves? Do you have to tug at various parts of the dress, such as a tight rear area or a bodice that is too low? Will the dress cause your parents and grandparents to be proud or to be concerned? Is it a timeless design that will pass the test of time for years and years to come? Why does it matter? You may have a daughter (or granddaughter) who could wear the dress one day. Many brides save their gowns in anticipation of that possibility.
Consider the comfort of your guests when choosing a location for the wedding and what the weather might be.
The design and style of your wedding gown will often guide your decision as to where to be married. It could be vice-versa. So many aspects to be considered when choosing both a venue and a season of the year for your wedding. Ponder on the following:
So, what will your guests not necessarily remember or be impressed by? This is getting lengthy, so let’s conclude this story, shall we?
Things that guests would notice if left out.
Janice Livingston, Owner
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