Image: Androidsinboots from Anthea & Vincentt's wedding.
Now, here’s our guide on how you can show your appreciation and thank them for being there for your special day, while keeping things comfortable and personal for them.
1. “We are looking forward to see you!”
This starts from the weeks or days leading up to the actual day.
Be it in the form of a quick reminder via your wedding page (Facebook, website etc), or a personal text or call that the day is approaching, it’s a way for you to let your guest know that you’re looking forward to seeing them at your wedding.
2. Have a treat on us
While wedding hotel packages come with favours, it’s a always a nice touch if you can add on to that with something more personal.
Image: Stanstills Photography from Sheena & Ben's wedding
Image: Tinydot Photography from Biyi & Gerald's wedding
3. Take a seat
Having an exclusive reception area is important, but so is ensuring that there are sufficient seating for elderly guests and young children.
Standing cocktail tables may look chic, but it would be a nice touch if you could provide seating arrangements for added comfort.
4. Let’s play!
It’s hard to be a parent in a lot of situations. Even simply going out takes an extra hour (or two) to prep for.
To give a short break for your guests who are bringing their children along to your wedding, you can consider following the example of our couples of having a simple colouring corner, or even going all-out with carnival booths and rides at your reception to entertain the kids so that their parents can get a breather to enjoy your wedding festivities.
Image: Acapella Photography from Celestine & Kelvin's wedding
5. Feed them right
Being aware of the different dietary requirements of your guests is one of the basic considerations you should take note of when planning for your reception or banquet.
This can be checked and confirmed during their RSVP.
Image: Bloc Memoire Photography from Marion & Marc-Andre's wedding
You can also plan a menu that has a variety of dishes – vegetarian, non-beef or pork dishes etc, so that if there are any cases of miscommunication, there’ll still be some dishes suitable for those guests.
6. Married and ready to mingle
…mingle with your guests we mean.
Image: Bloc Memoire Photography from Jocina & Tzu Wei's wedding
A common post-wedding regret is the lack of available time spent with guests.
In between your programs and gown changes, try to grab hold as many moments as you can with them.
These moments spent together will come to mean the most after the day is over.
7. Dedicate your speech
If you’ve any tear-inducing dedication you’d like to make to your friends or family but have always found it too cheesy to do so, there’s no better chance than your wedding.
Don’t hold back declaring your love and appreciation – even to your siblings. Entering a new stage in your life rightfully allows you to get emotional.
Image: KAI Pictures from Pei Mei & Yuan Jin's wedding
We also know that long speeches aren’t exactly a crowd-pleaser, so for larger groups of friends and colleagues, you can give a brief shout-out with an inside joke or two, to ensure that everyone is mentioned.
Try to be as inclusive as possible but keep it entertaining. We know it is a rather tall order, but we're sure you can be charming if you genuinely tried!
8. Throw in some surprises
The Singaporean in me loved the lucky draw a friend had during her wedding. Another had a live jazz band which brought so much vibes to the ambience throughout the banquet.
If it’s within your wedding budget and talents, throwing in surprises like these will make your wedding an even more memorable time for your guests.
Most of the time, its the unplanned moments that people remember the most, like how one of our real couples had murtabak delivered in the middle of the night for their wedding pool party.