There are just some phrases that you’re guaranteed to hear at a wedding. In this blog, we’ve noted some of the most common comments and analysed them to see what your wedding guests will really be thinking on your big day…
‘Doesn’t she look beautiful?’
Ah yes, it’s the standard comment on the beauty of the bride. As she walks down the aisle, every female guest either thinks back to her own wedding day or dreams of the future. We all secretly want to be the princess for the day and can’t help but ‘ahhhh’ at the lucky girl!
‘Remind me which side of the church we sit on?’
It seems no one can ever quite remember which side of the aisle they are supposed to sit on. Be sure to have a helpful usher on hand to answer this question. As you walk in to the church or venue, the bride’s family and friends should sit on the left and the grooms on the right!
‘I haven’t even spoken to the bride yet...’
It goes without saying that all female guests will be frustrated until they have managed to get up close and personal with the bride. There’s a need to give her a cuddle, see that beautiful dress, analyse the jewellery and shoes and generally have a moment with the most popular girl of the day. Keep everyone happy by having a receiving line, meaning that you get to spend at least a minute or two with each and every guest before sitting down to eat.
‘Do you think it’s OK to take my hat / jacket off?’
This particularly applies to warm summer days when, by the time the wedding breakfast is served, all your male guests will be starting to overheat! If you’re dining inside, chances are you might have air-conditioning. If outdoors, provide plenty of shade or large fans in a marquee to keep people comfortable. It’s also a good idea to provide hanging rails so that gentlemen can hang up their jackets should they wish.
‘I’m having the vegetarian option please.’
Your guests will always communicate with waiting staff to make sure their dietary requirements are taken care of. Make sure you know about these requirements well in advance so you can cater accordingly and, ideally let the waiting staff know where guests are sitting. If vegetarian dishes can be served to guests without them needing to ask, all the better.
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‘So, how do you know the bride and groom?’
It’s the standard opening line when sitting guests together. Sometimes the only thing they have in common is you, so you become the main subject of conversation! Help conversation to flow by putting a fun wedding quiz or trivia questions on each table, or by choosing a menu where guests serve at the table.
‘Is it a cash bar?’
As the evening party begins, guests like to know whether their drinks will be free or charge or whether they need to pay. Avoid any confusion or embarrassment by making it clear on the information you send along with the wedding invitation. If you plan to charge for drinks, guests need to know to bring cash with them.
‘How are we getting home?’
As the evening draws to a close, hopefully most guests will have their departure planned – whether they’re driving home, jumping in a taxi or staying overnight. It’s always wise to have plenty of taxi numbers to hand for those who haven’t made arrangements, along with a list of local accommodation.