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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

7 Secrets of Gracious Brides & Grooms

Believe it or not, it's not that uncommon to read in a bridal magazine or online forum about guests not receiving thank you cards (in a timely manner or at all) or even having time to visit with the bride and groom. Awful, right?

Although your wedding day is a celebration of your marriage, the celebration, itself, would be lacking without the attendance of your guests. Don't be that couple. Make each and every person feel like your guest of honor with ease!

Thank your Wedding Guests
  • Give a Quick Speech: After your you and your wedding party have been announced and seated, take a moment to stand up and thank your guests for coming. It doesn't have to be long or Oscar-worthy, just make sure that you both say a few words of gratitude to kick off the party!
  • Bride and Groom Speech
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  • Leave a Note: When arranging your favors, think about adding a printed, personal "thank you" to your item(s). If tying a note onto your favor isn't an option, try handwriting one on a chalkboard at the gift or photo table, where guests will see it as they enter the reception
    Wedding Reception Thank You




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  • Think Ahead: Taking "thank you" pictures at the wedding has become quite the common trend and for good reason! It saves you from choosing cards later and the photo serves as a memento for guests to keep. The options for this photo are endless! Involve you wedding party, use a handwritten sign, DIY a "thank you" banner in your wedding colors or simply choose your favorite photo and have your photographer add the words of your choice over the image in his/ her editing.
Bridal Party Thank You Card
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  • Make the Rounds: Although this may be an obvious one, it's not to be overlooked! All of your guests want a chance to talk with the newlyweds, so make it easy for them and visit each table at some point during the reception. If you really want to make your guests feel special, think about dining with them! I came across this idea on Wedding Bee discussion boards last year, where a couple left two open seats at each table on the seating chart and rotated tables during dinner.
  • Choose Thoughtful Favors: The wedding favor can either be a useful token of appreciation or a waste of your money. Choose an item that your guests will enjoy! Whether it's as simple as a coozy or as elaborate as a gift basket, keep it practical!
Coffee Favor
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  • Welcome Visitors: In the case of a destination wedding especially, hotel welcome bags are a must! Even for a local wedding, you will likely have guests traveling to your event and welcoming them at their hotel check-in with a bag of goodies will start their visit on the right foot! Fill the bags with snacks, water and local favorites. It is also a fabulous idea (though not mandatory) to invite out-of-towners to your rehearsal dinner.
Out of Town Guest Bags


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  • Conquer the Cards: I know from personal experience how overwhelming your list of "thank you" cards to send can be! But the best way to attack the long list is to start right away. Before the wedding, send out a card immediately after receiving any gifts and cards! Once you've settled in after the honeymoon, make it a point to write a stack every day until you're finished.
Do you have any other tips you'd like to add to the list? Comment below and tell me what you think!

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