Top 12 Things Guests Really Care About In A Wedding

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Weddings are very special, not only for the couple but also for the guests. The bride and groom really want their big day to be perfect. They also want their guests to have the best time ever. But what’s most important to the guests on this special day? Turns out, they play a big part in making the day awesome too! Understanding this can help make your wedding amazing for everyone. Here’s a close look at what guests really care about in a wedding.

Clear Communication 

You need to communicate clearly with your guests when you are planning a wedding. You can use websites and social media to share all kinds of information. This helps everyone feel happy and relaxed because they know what is happening with your planning. Firstly, let your guests know your wedding date as soon as possible by sending save-the-dates. Then, send out invitations with all the important details like the time and place the wedding will be.

Make a wedding website to share all the important details. Include information about the location, time, and even how they can get there. Give them clear directions and maps with the invites, or just put them on your website. It’s also a good place to share fun stories and photos about yourselves. Also, you can create a specific area just to answer any questions your guests might have. And to save you time, you can make a list of common questions and answers. You can put this list on your website or send it in an email.

Keep your guests informed about what will happen on your wedding day. You can make it on social media! Just create a group on Facebook or use Instagram. Let them know the program for the ceremony, dinner, and party so they can be prepared. Also, tell them about the dress code, whether it’s formal, casual, or themed.

Last but not least, be sure your guests know who to contact if they need anything. Give them a phone number or email for you or your wedding planner.

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When you’re planning a wedding, you need to think about where it will be. The location decides the vibe for the whole day and can make a big difference in how much fun everyone has. Guests really care about the wedding location because it affects how easy it is to get there, how nice it looks, and if they’ll be comfortable.

A great location is one that’s easy to find and get to. Nobody wants to spend hours driving around lost or stuck in traffic when they could be celebrating with you! So, picking a spot that’s simple for your guests to reach is really important.

Also, your wedding landscape can make it even more special! Whether it’s a pretty beach, a green garden, or a cool city spot, the place gives a feeling and a beautiful background for all the important photos.

In short, your guests will care where your wedding will be. It’s the first thing they’ll see and sets the whole tone of that day. You have to find a place that everyone will love and can have lots of fun!

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When people go to a wedding, they want to feel comfy. This means feeling relaxed and not stressed at all. No one wants to sit for hours in an uncomfortable chair or feel too hot or too cold. That’s why you need soft seats, good air conditioning, and maybe extra pillows or blankets. If your guests are comfortable, they will have a much better time.

Your guests will be happy if the wedding venue is easy to move around in. Nobody wants to spend the whole day squished in a tiny space or feeling too cold. When planning a wedding, think about how to keep your guests comfortable too!

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Parking and Transportation 

Ever wondered what makes guests happy at a wedding? It’s not just the pretty decorations or the delicious cake. Sometimes, little things like finding a good parking spot and easy ways to get to the wedding can make a big difference.

When guests come to a wedding, one of the first things they worry about is where to park their cars. Nobody likes driving around in circles or getting a parking ticket. Having lots of parking spaces or telling people where they can park, can make guests feel much happier.

Travelling to the wedding venue can feel like going on a big adventure. Especially if it’s really far or they live in a different city. Some guests might not have a car or might not want to drive. They’ll need to know how else they can get there. Giving them options like shuttle services or telling them about buses, taxis, or trains can help them get to and from the wedding without any trouble. If you take care of these things, your guests can enjoy the party without any worries!

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Wedding guests care about accommodation because they want to feel comfortable and rest well. After dancing and having fun, having a cosy bed to sleep in is very important!

There are different kinds of places guests can stay. Some weddings have hotels nearby where guests can book a room. While others might rent houses or apartments where guests can stay together. Sometimes, couples even get special deals or reserve blocks of rooms at hotels to make it easier for guests to find a place to stay.

Guests can relax and enjoy the wedding when they know there are nice places to stay. They don’t have to worry about finding somewhere to sleep or getting lost in a new area. That’s why it’s very important to find good places for your guests to sleep.

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When you go to a wedding, where you sit is very important! It might seem like a little thing, but it makes a big difference. Imagine you’re all fancy and excited to celebrate with the couple. Then, you realize your table is in the back, far from the fun. Not so great, right?

That’s why guests care a lot about seating at weddings. They want to feel comfortable and included in the celebration. Think about sitting next to people you don’t know, or even worse, people you don’t get along with! That would be awkward!

Good seating can make a big difference. Guests love sitting with friends and family, or with people who share their interests. It’s like being part of a little community at the wedding. A good seating plan also helps everything flow better. No one wants to wait in line for food or drinks because their table is too far away.

When planning your wedding, think about where everyone will sit. If you make sure your friends and family are comfortable, they’ll have lots of fun at your party. And they’ll be so happy you thought of them!

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When you’re planning a wedding, you might not think about the weather much. But you should because this is very important. Imagine sitting outside in the rain with no umbrella during a wedding ceremony. Or imagine sweating like crazy because it’s too hot and there’s no shade. Not fun! 

Check what the weather will be like on your wedding day. If it’s going to rain, think about having a plan B, like setting up a tent or moving indoors. If it’s going to be sunny, make sure there’s shade for everyone, and maybe some fans or cold drinks to stay cool. Or if it is going to be cold, consider providing blankets or space heaters to create a warm environment. 

Happy guests mean a successful wedding day! Before the big day remind yourself to check the weather and make sure everybody is comfortable.

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Food And Drinks 

At weddings, guests love tasty food and drinks! They find here a reason to come together, chat and laugh. It is also a great way for them to meet new friends and share experiences.

People like to snack on delicious treats while they chat with others. Little sandwiches, cheese platters, and tiny quiches are some of the favourites. They’re easy to eat while standing and talking, which makes them perfect for socialising.

Also, guests love having something to drink, whether it’s coffee, tea, a fancy cocktail, refreshing lemonade, or just a simple soda. It’s very important to have lots of options, including drinks without alcohol for people who don’t want any.

Then comes the main course! Here is when guests can enjoy and have their plates filled with delicious chicken, beef, and some vegetarian choices. It’s a nice idea to have options for all, including those with food allergies. Some weddings even have stations where chefs cook up fresh pasta, tacos, or stir-fry right in front of you. It is like having your very own chef to prepare your meal!

Oh and dessert! Whether it’s a towering wedding cake, cute cupcakes, or a sweet candy bar, everyone loves something sweet to end the meal on a high note. 

Guests also care about how food is served and presented as well. A pretty buffet table full of yummy food or a fancy dinner with nice plates and decorations can make the meal feel really special. And of course, good service from the wait staff is important too. Nobody wants to wait forever to get their food or have their drink glasses left empty!

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When you go to a wedding, what makes you smile and clap? The fun part, of course! Making your wedding fun is really important for everyone who comes. People love to have a good time, and the right kind of entertainment can make your wedding a day to remember forever. That means great music, lots of dancing, and fun games that keep everyone moving around and in a good mood all day long! 

A good playlist or live band can make everyone feel happy and start dancing! Think about all the different kinds of music people like and pick songs that everyone will love, from little kids to grown-ups. A good DJ or band can look at the crowd and know exactly what to play to keep the energy up. A lively dance floor brings guests together and creates joyful moments.

Also, you can make your wedding super awesome by having activities like photo booths, games, and performances. These are activities to keep your guests occupied, possibly to break the ice or to entertain them if they don’t enjoy dancing.

Just keep in mind that the best parties are the ones where everyone feels just as entertained as the couple who is getting married. A happy, engaged crowd will always remember the fun they had on your special day.

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Social Interaction 

Social interaction is when guests get together and have fun. It’s also about making sure everyone feels welcomed and included in the celebration. That’s why things like where they sit, fun games to play, and chances to talk to others are very important.

When you’re at a wedding, you could chat with a random person you’ve never met before. You bond over shared experiences, like how you know the bride or groom, or maybe you both love the music playing in the background. These small interactions improve the wedding experience for everybody. 

Hence, it is very important to consider how to create social interactions between guests at a wedding. You can do this by organising games, providing some comfortable seating, or making sure there’s a great dance area. Because at the end of the day, what is a wedding without spending time laughing and hanging out with your friends and family?

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Something that is very important at a wedding is timing. People like it when everything happens smoothly and on schedule. When things take a long time, it can make the day feel not as fun and exciting.

Make sure the ceremony starts when it’s supposed to. People usually come early, and they don’t like waiting for a long time. Starting late can annoy everyone.

Making sure all events flow nicely during the wedding is important. One good example is the time between the ceremony and the reception. If it’s way too long, guests might feel bored or tired. If it’s way too short, they might feel rushed.

Stick to the schedule for reception activities like the first dance and cake cutting. Prolonging these can make the evening dull. Also, keep speeches and activities brief. Guests may lose interest if they go on too long. 

And remember the food. Serving it promptly is very important. Hungry guests are unhappy guests. Make sure there’s not too long of a wait before dinner is served.

Quinta da Suratesta, Venue | Beja, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Kids’ Corner

This is an exclusive kiddie wedding zone! It is basically a mini party in the big celebration! They can play games, have fun with toys, and do lots of exciting activities. It’s a unique area where they can laugh, play and still have a good time while the grown-ups are busy with the wedding. 

Kids’ Corner is a winner for parents who want to relax and enjoy the wedding too, while their little ones are happy and entertained. Also, when kids have fun, are more unlikely to get bored and start making a fuss during your ceremony or reception. 

So, having a Kids’ Corner is something wedding guests really care about because it shows that the couple wants everyone, big and small, to have a wonderful time on their special day!


In short, your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Making it extra special for your guests means they’ll have awesome memories. If you think about what they want and need, your wedding day will be amazing for you and your partner, and for everyone celebrating with you. Everything about your wedding should show how much you care about making it awesome for everyone. Happy planning!

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Pedro Cruz

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