Wedding Planning

Putting Your Guests At Ease On Your Big Day


We’ve all been to a wedding where we’ve felt a little uncomfortable and out of place. And when it comes to planning our own wedding we want our guests to feel at ease and have a great time. Check out these simple ways to break the ice and spoil your wedding guests.

  1. Scrap The Receiving Line

Receiving lines are uncomfortable at the best of times. They’re uncomfortable for the bride and groom’s parents who may not know everyone, and they’re uncomfortable for the guests. There’s always that tricky moment as you approach the line and you wrack your brain for something funny or meaningful to say.

When working through your wedding plan, instead of the formal line consider some of the following modern approaches:

  • Create a line with the bride and groom only; this is more comfortable as between them, they will know all of the guests
  • Congregate at the entrance of the venue with cocktails or champagne and the bride and groom can mingle
  • Informally greet guests as they arrive at the reception
  • Have the bride and groom walk around each table and chat with their guests
  • Set up a booth during the evening where the couple can have an informal chat with their friends and family
  1. Set Up A Photo Booth

Photo booths are a great way to break the ice at weddings. They’re informal, funny, and silly. Guests are encouraged to use the props and create their own scenes. Look for a professional company like Booth Boy and provide your guests with hours of fun. The resulting photos make a great memento of the day.

  1. Provide Entertainment

Often the awkward moments occur as guests are waiting. They may be waiting to enter the venue or waiting to be seated for the wedding breakfast. Lighten these moments by providing some entertainment. Magicians will work the crowd and wow people with their tricks. Singers and musicians also make welcome distractions.  

  1. Be Inclusive

Make sure you consider everyone in your celebrations. Your young friends and coworkers may love to dance all night to your fave rock tunes. However, it might be a little much for some of your older guests. So provide a range of activities and set up some quieter areas for those who may just like to chat or sit quietly and enjoy the evening.

  1. Provide A Hashtag

Provide guests with a hashtag so that when they take photos and share them on social media, everything can be collated and accessed easily. This also allows guests to become familiar with some of the other people who are at the event.

  1. Photo Boards

Photo boards are a great way for people to get to know the bride and groom and their romance. Expand this a little and include photos of the couple with family and friends. Captions will identify everyone involved.

Everyone wants a beautiful wedding that they can look back on in years to come. They want to do something a little bit different to everyone else and add their own personal flair. Make sure you include your guests in this. It’s not just a day for the happy couple. It’s a day for family and friends to gather together and celebrate this happy union.


Wedding Planning 101 – Become a Planning Pro

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Planning your wedding should be a fun, exciting, and enjoyable time. It’s the chance to set things in place for your dream day and, of course, marry the love of your life. However, even with the best intentions, it can turn to a stressful hinderance. Even though I am still in the early stages of planning a wedding, I have a few ideas on what makes a wedding more stressful than others. So here are a few ways to make sure that you can plan your wedding like a pro and take the stress out of it all.

Hire Experienced Professionals

If you have the brother of a friend that has a decent camera, do you really want him to be the one responsible for taking the pictures at your wedding? Though he might have volunteered his services or be giving you a good rate, if he hasn’t done a wedding before, they are pictures that are hard to do again. This is the part that lasts forever! So instead of worrying and stressing about it all right up until the day, choose a professional with plenty of experience. The same goes for florists, videographers, and caterers, for example.

Choose An All Inclusive Venue
If you choose a venue that is simply a room, like a barn or in a garden, then it makes other parts of the wedding busier and more stressful. Though those locations might be really stunning, you will have to think about hiring everything out. Right from the chairs and tables to the knives and forks. So if you want to reduce how stressful organizing and planning a wedding can be, then choose the more simple option of a venue where it is all included. Many manor houses and hotels will offer this kind of thing. Then the price that you pay includes everything, and you won’t have to arrange delivery or hire of any other things.

Try Your Caterer’s Food

Many caterers and hospitality services, like Riverhouse Hospitality, will offer you the chance to sample their food. Don’t turn the chance to try this down. If you are feeding a large room of family and friends, you want to make sure that you are feeding them something good, right? So take up any chances to sample their menu and what they could offer. Then you can have peace of mind that the food will taste simply amazing on your wedding day. You don’t want to be ‘that wedding with the bad food’ do you?

Have a Contingency Plan

There may be one or two things that don’t go according to plan on the actual wedding day. So make sure that you have a contingency plan in place. It might simply be that you want to have alternative transport arrangements just in case the wedding car doesn’t turn up, or it runs late in traffic. It doesn’t have to be anything too set in stone. But having an idea of what you might do in an emergency will help you plan and keep your cool.

631 Days to Wedding Day – The Wedding Weight Loss

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Wow…that’s a lot of days. But with my mind racing and the excitement building for what I’m hoping is the best day of my life, there are a few things that need to get done so time to get down to business. First and foremost, the wedding weight loss.

I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life – chubby child, insecure teen, and extreme crash dieter in my early adult years. I’ve tried it all. But over the past year I’ve truly fallen in love with working out and killing it in the gym. But, of course, it’s not all about working out. Weight loss heavily depends on your diet and what you’re eating. Without a doubt this is where I struggle. As any of my family and friends can attest, I love food and lots of it. So this journey is never an easy one. Although I seem to know what needs to be done, the follow through is not my strong suit.

My weight has changed over the past year. The number on the scale has remained the same, yet with my workouts and more active lifestyle the weight has really shifted itself around making it seem as though I’ve lost weight. Of course we all know muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe its true I’ve lost some inches. But when my pants are just as tight as they were before it’s incredibly discouraging. I get caught in bad habits: skipping meals, eating well all day only to binge at night, eating twice the amount in one sitting than someone twice my size should, etc. And after each and every meal I berate myself and get moody, wondering why I’ve caught myself up in this horrible vicious cycle once again. So with 631 days until the wedding (that’s approximately 20 months and 21 days) it’s time to get down to business.

So this is where I could certainly use some help. I’ve got the workout and the gym stuff covered! Thanks to my good friend Cynthia at Cynergy Fitness I’ve really learned how to optimize my time in the gym and crush it! But when it comes to a meal plan, a diet, just simple everyday eating I could use all the help I can get. I know what I should eat but maybe it’s just a case of motivation and sticking with it? What works for you?

I just want to feel as beautiful as I can on my wedding day and love my body. I want to do this for myself. For those of you who have had successful weight loss journeys, what’s your secret?