It’s not merely about the dress you’ve chosen, the style of your hair, or the makeup artist’s reflection of your inner beauty… It’s about elegance from the time of your arrival at the ceremony through your final goodbyes at the end of the evening. Follow a few simple guidelines including those outlined below and you’ll leave guests talking about the timeless elegance of your day for years to come.
Timing is Everything
Remember that your day is as much about those you’ve chosen to share it with as it is about you and your beau. Adhere to the established timeline – don’t keep guests waiting more than 15 minutes after the printed ceremony time on your invitations.
Keep them Comfortable
If weather forecasts are calling for a warm afternoon with plenty of sunshine, rejoice! And then contact your venue to request umbrellas or another shade cover for the ceremony site and any other outdoor venues. If forecasts are trending the other way and are calling for a bit of a Fall chill in the air, make the request for heat lamps or fire bowls.
Something for Everyone
Be mindful of the variety of special diets your guests might be following from vegan to gluten free. While you and your beau may be strictly vegan – or perhaps you love a petit filet – your guests might not be on the same page. Offer something for everyone on the menu: red meat, poultry and seafood are common selections. Most venues and caterers will also offer vegetarian options upon request.
You’ve worked hard to prepare for the big day, so it’s perfectly fine if you want to relax and celebrate with your friends and family. But be wary of anything in excess… Too much of a good thing can often lead to regret in the morning whether it’s food, drink or even dancing. Be sure to drink plenty of water, enjoy small bites from the various options (including the dessert bar, of course) and bring along a pair of back up shoes to ensure you can dance the night away without fear of blisters.
Stay true to yourself and enjoy this tremendous occasion. With the perfect balance of elegance and reverie, it will most certainly be a day you (and your guests) won’t soon forget.