Keep your nearest and dearest content all-day (and night!) long with these simple pointers...
#1 Make your ceremony venue is comfortable
If you're planning a balmy summer celebration, make sure your venue is well air-conditioned. Equally, if it's a cold winter's day, provide guests with blankets and hire additional heating.
#2 Consider what your guests will do while you’re having your photos taken
Make sure there's food, drink and entertainment to keep them amused while you're posing for your first pics as a married couple. There's nothing worse than hanging around - and make sure you're appropriately considerate in terms of the weather, too. If it's a hot summer's day, provide suncream and ice-pops for guests to enjoy; if it's a chilly winter celebration, stock-up on blankets, hand-warmers and warm bite-sized treats.
#3 Make logistic details as simple as possible
On your invitations, make sure timings and addresses are as clear and precise as possible. Make all the pertinent information as obvious as you can!
#4 Make time to say hello to everyone
They've taken the time and effort to be a part of your special day - so the least you can do is acknowledge their presence! The day will go by in a whirlwind, so make sure you allocate a specific chunk of time to meet-and-greet people.
#5 Be considerate when it comes to your children policy…
Make it clear from the off in order to avoid any last-minute childcare panics.
#6 ...And the plus-one situation
If they're a single party, let them know whether or not they're allowed to bring a guest ASAP.
#7 Be thoughtful with your seating plan
Be sensitive of any politics or awkwardness. Granted, you can't please everyone - but you can certainly try!
#8 Keep speeches to-the-points (and audible!)
In order to guarantee the smooth flow of your celebration, you might want to ask speech-givers to stick to a time-limit. If you have a large reception space, check with your venue in advance if there's any kind of AV-equipment (such as a microphone) that can be used.
#9 Incorporate thoughtful details into your ceremony and reception
Think cosy blankets, comfortable seating, game areas, enticing snack tables... Be creative!
#10 Remember to say ‘thank you!’ afterwards
A thank you note is a thoughtful finishing touch post-wedding, that will let guests know you appreciated their time, effort and generosity.