You know that making sure your wedding guests have a great time at your celebration is top of your list, otherwise you would’ve ran off to Gretna Green to elope! You want them to have fun and remember your day for all the right reasons.
As much as you’d like to think your guests will love every single aspect of your wedding, the truth is you really can’t please everyone. Here are the 3 most common wedding guest gripes and what you can do to solve them…
In at number 3… “There were way too many speeches.”
I’m sure you’ve sat through a few of these yourself yourself to know that wedding speeches are great but you can definitely have too much of a good thing. Never-ending speeches full of too many inside jokes is quickly gonna get boring the majority of your guests.
So, how do you avoid it? Limit the number of toasts to three or four, and ask each toaster to keep their speech under three minutes. Encourage them to write everything down beforehand, and alert your DJ to signal a musical cue if it’s time to wrap things up, just like the Oscars. (Cue the music)
Number 2. “I had to sit with complete strangers at the reception.”
Figuring out where to seat everyone during the reception is definitely not an easy task, but creating a well-thought-out seating chart is very important. Imagine sitting at a table where everyone knows everyone else — except for you.
How to avoid this one? Try to make sure your guests are seated at a table with at least one person they know. Another idea is to have small envelopes at each place setting which has a one sentence fact about each of the guests at the table – these can then be used as icebreakers and talking points to avoid those awkward silences
“So Dave, it says here you’re a nude model for your local art school… wow!”
And finally, the single most common wedding complaint is…”Too much time in between the ceremony and reception.”
All weddings have a little down time, even when your ceremony and reception are at the same venue. While you are out on the lawn having your photos taken, your guests are inside getting restless and bored. So how can you keep them entertained and make sure they’re talking about your wedding for years to come, for all the right reasons?
Well, this one is easy to solve – hire some entertainment to liven things up a bit. Hiring a caricaturist is the perfect way to liven up your lulls. They’re quick, fun and they’re entertaining for both the sitter and the spectators, and best of all, each person gets to take home personalised gift from you both that they can remember your day by. They are also great talking points and icebreakers for anyone who might not know many other guests.
Now you might be a bit worried about your guests being up for having their cartoon portrait being drawn, but in the 20 years that I’ve been drawing at weddings I’ve never once not been rushed off my feet firing out caricatures. In fact here’s some of the things the guests have had to say at the weddings I’ve drawn at…
So if you’re based in Nottingham, Derby, Lecester or lincoln, why not enquire about your wedding date and make sure you fill your lulls with laughter! Just click the enquiry button below.