Five ways to ensure your guests' comfort throughout your wedding

29 Jan 2020

Practical ideas to give your wedding guests the best possible experience from noon to night and the following day

Image: The wedding of Kelly Blumberg and Will Evans (Marta May Photography)

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While your wedding day can go by in the blink of an eye, weddings can be typically long days for guests. From aches and pains to tiredness and dehydration, there are a number of uncomfortable scenarios which can strike when you're least expecting them.

So to ensure your guests feel as comfortable as possible throughout the day, take a look at these ways to keep them happy at every stage. 

1. Weather aids

The weather will be the most unpredictable element of your wedding day, so it's best to prepare for every eventuality.

Rain can hit whatever the season, so have a supply of umbrellas to hand. If you're holding a winter wedding or hosting outdoor entertainment during the warmer seasons when the temperature might drop, think about blankets and fire pits or heaters to keep guests warm.

During a summer wedding or destination wedding, especially if your ceremony is held outdoors, have paper fans at the ready for guests to keep themselves cool and ensure there are plenty of shaded areas in and around your venue. 

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Image: The wedding of Sara Paine and Christopher Mills (Captured Life Photography)

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2. Snacks and drinks

While you may have planned your wedding menu to perfection, don't forget about those quieter interludes either side of your wedding breakfast when hunger pangs are inevitable. Consider canapés after the wedding ceremony and before the main meal, as well as mini morsels for daytime guests to tuck into before the evening guests arrive and more food is served.

If the celebrations are ongoing until the early hours, you might want to think about late evening snacks such as a sweet cart, S'mores bar, or toasted marshmallows around a firepit. 

Your wedding favours also pose the opportunity to offer a treat to eat at the table or stow away for later in the evening. Homemade biscuits, chocolates or macarons are the ideal sweet gesture to ensure your guests are well fed. 

Also think about non-alcoholic drinks to encourage guests to stay hydrated. Water coolers are a great way of providing a constant supply, as well as tea and coffee facilities on tap; speak with your venue or caterers to see what they can offer. 

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3. Toiletry baskets

Stock the men's and women's toilets with aerosol deodrants, perfume/cologne, hairspray and dry shampoo. Make-up wipes and tissues may also come in handy in the women's facilities, while hair gel and styling wax might be put to good use in the men's. 

This is a great way to get rid of any surplus products you might be hoarding at home, or ask your friends and family members to donate their unwanted toiletries in the run up to your big day. 

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4. Flip-flops

Spare your female guests the agonising pain of burning feet with a pair of flip-flops to replace their heels as the night draws in. Buy the flip-flops in bulk and present in a basket with a sign which reads 'A little treat for your dancing feet' or similar. 

If you're feeling even more generous, you could gift your guests gel insoles and even heel stoppers to prevent heels from sinking into grassed areas. 

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Image: The wedding of April Mahoney and David Young (Latitude Photography)

5. Hangover kits  

When the day is done and the celebrations have drawn to a close, the morning after the night before rears its ugly head. For those guests who haven't paced themselves throughout the evening, have hangover kits at the ready to halt the headache and revive tired eyes. 

You can place these kits in the rooms where your guests are staying (if your venue offers accommodation), or they can be available to take home at the end of the night.

Fill your hangover kits with items such as rehydration tablets, mild pain relief, chewing gum, lavender essential oil and an eye mask. Your guests will be thanking you come the morning. 

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Have you thought of a novel way to ensure your guests' comfort during your wedding day? Email sarah.harris@archant.co.uk and share your ideas. 

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