Your Out-of-Town Wedding Guests:
Make Them Feel Welcome!
by Lisa Edd
During and After the Event:
- Some brides invite their out-of-town guests to the rehearsal dinner or an after-dinner gathering. Click here for creative ways to involve your guests in the pre-wedding festivities.
- Plan the seating at all wedding events so that out-of-towners are at tables with some of your more outgoing local guests who’ll introduce them around and make them more comfortable.
- After the event, send a special note (in addition to your thank-you for the gift!) explaining how much you appreciate the effort your out-of-towners made to be with you on your special day.
For relatives and friends who can’t make it to the wedding:
- Make your wedding a live internet event. Certified by the Guide videography duo Jewel and Chuck Savadelis of Savadelis Films can create wedding webcasts, available online for a month after the initial “I do”. To be there in real time, online guests click on a link 10 minutes before the vows begin and sit back and relax in the best seat in (their) house. No black tie required.
- Send non-attendees a copy of your wedding program with a personal note that explains how they were missed. Also include a favor and few photos that they might enjoy.
- Incorporate an absent loved one into your “something old, something new” tradition—your groom could wear his grandfather’s watch; you might use the same kind of flowers in your bouquet that your favorite aunt carried as a bride. (Be sure to send the honoree photos of your special tribute!)