Being a Gracious Bride
by, 11-01-2011 at 01:45 PM (2032 Views)
I have said before that your wedding day should be about you and your groom, and I firmly believe that. But your celebration is also about your guests- the most important people in your lives-and making sure they share in your joy. There are a number of things that you can do on your wedding day to communicate to your friends and family how precious they are to you and how much you care about their happiness. Here are a number of ideas to consider for your celebration:
• If your ceremony will include any rituals or customs that guests might find unfamiliar, include a paragraph in your program explaining how the ritual came about and why it is significant to you. If you are not printing a program, print the information from your computer in a beautiful font and place a sheet on each guest’s seat at the ceremony.
• A thoughtful bridal couple will go to the trouble of creating a seating plan for the reception. Even if you don’t plan to have a formal sit-down dinner with place cards, I suggest at the very least that you indicate at which tables you would like groups to sit. There’s nothing worse than having people who are strangers to each other end up at a table alone.
• Designate smoking and nonsmoking areas, and make sure that the catering staff enforces the smoke-free zones.
• Always include a nonalcoholic beverage that is served along with glasses of champagne or cocktails, to accommodate guests who do not drink alcohol or who wish to skip a round.
• Choose a menu that reflects your tastes, but that’s not too exotic for your guests to eat. For example, don’t assume your guests will love an all-sushi appetizer list for dinner just because you do.
• Consider having a calligraphied or printed menu placed on each table or at each place setting so guests are aware of what is being served.
• Be sensitive to guests’ feeling and personalities. Some single women are embarrassed at the thought of being dragged onto the dance floor for the ceremonial bouquet toss. If someone doesn’t want to participate, don’t force them.
• During the reception make an effort to spend a few moments with each guest and to find something sincere and personal to say.
• Send out handwritten thank-you notes or cards to participants and guests as soon as time allows.
A gracious bride is poised, happy, excited, and grateful that the most important people in her life and her hubby’s life have gathered around her to share the happiness.