Now that you know everything about wedding invites, guest management, accommodation, conveyance etc. Let us talk about the most important day and the most important job, Guest Management on the D Day.. Guests, in any country are considered as special ( In India we consider them as god 😀 “Athithi devo bhava”) and its our sole responsibility to make them comfortable and happy. Especially when they come to bless the bride and groom leaving their busy schedules and commitments.
The wedding day is going to be the busiest day of your life, so be clever enough to make prior arrangements to bring your guests to the wedding venue on time. There should be someone (preferably accompanied by a relative) arranged to welcome the guest and make them seated, serve them Welcome drink. It would be better if your parents come personally and greet them when they enter the venue just to add that personal touch (this is totally situational!!). It maybe a bit hectic to do this in the busy schedule, but worthy enough for a long-lasting relationship and this humble practice avoids misunderstandings and confusions.
Some guests may not be aware of the rituals, ceremonies involved in a wedding, it may be a good idea if someone can give them a basic idea about this after the wedding or before. If the wedding photography is planned then guide your guests to the bride and groom for the same. Now that the wedding ceremony is over, let us take the guests to the most important part of any wedding; The ‘Feast’. In India, if the guest is happy with the feast the wedding is considered to be a very good wedding. It is the sole responsibility of the host (at least someone from host Family) to confirm with each guest whether they had the food and they are happy with food served.
Once the feast is over, the wedding is considered over for all, but the host (at least someone from host family) needs to go to the guest, thank them for attending the wedding and making the wedding special by their presence. In the modern times that we live in now Thankyou cards can also be sent after the wedding for those who attended the wedding. It is a different trend and appreciated by many. (I personally think its uncalled for but then if you got the money why not use it 😛 :P)
The Knotstory tips:
- Plan, organize and assign people to handle guests.
- Handing the guests a small welcome kit which include an explanation about the wedding rituals & ceremonies.
- Plan a vacation & marriage itinerary for the guests if they are interested. ( you may not have enough time to do this, in that case guide them with the appropriate contacts who can help them )
- A small food menu for every guest entering the Feast can also be done, there by helping them to plan the meal 😉 😉
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