How to maximise time with your wedding guests

Your wedding day is a special day where you commit to your future spouse, promise to love each other for the rest of your days and have a wonderful party to celebrate. All of this is done in front of your family and friends – people who have been there for your journey as a couple and whom you want to share the day with.

But, how do you actually ensure you spend time with every single guest in one day? You’ve invited everyone because you want them to be part of your day, but with so much going on, how do you maximise time with your guests and not miss anyone out?

Get the guest numbers right

In the wedding industry, there is talk of a ‘magic number’ of guests that you should invite to your wedding – the consensus is 180 people. This is the maximum number of people you will be able to speak to in one night, even if just for a few minutes, without having to rush or speed past tables.

You don’t have to have exactly 180 guests. You can invite less people if you’d prefer your wedding to be more intimate, but this is a guideline to ensure that you don’t feel stretched too thin on your big day.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t invite more people to your wedding; you’ll just have to be prepared that you’ll either only have fleeting conversation with some guests, or you won’t be able to get face time with everyone.

Consider a destination wedding

Destination weddings, beyond being a getaway to a wonderful location, have one key advantage over traditional weddings with regards to guests –   these normally take place over a couple of days, meaning that there’s more quality time available to spend with your loved ones.

You’ll all be in one location, meaning that socialising and engaging with all your guests is much easier, and you can organise other activities and meals to prioritise time spent with your guests, such as welcome drinks, dinners and excursions to local areas.

However, there is one disadvantage to a destination wedding and that is the fact that some guests may find the cost of attending a destination wedding to be too high. While you will have more days to spend with the guests who attend your wedding, you may also see less people attending overall compared to a wedding at home.

Plan your day

There are certain moments during the course of your wedding day that will need to be planned, such as the photo timings and your wedding breakfast.

For the photos, make sure that the people you want included know beforehand. Let your family know when the photos are being taken and they’ll be able to make their way there, instead of having to be found at the right time.

When it comes to food, having a wedding planner or catering staff to let your guests know when it’s time to take their seats will save you from needing to manage it yourself. If you’re thinking of holding your wedding at The Brewery, our specialist wedding planner will be able to make sure every aspect of your day runs smoothly, maximising  time with your guests.

Include a send-off activity

As we mentioned when discussing destination weddings, it can be nice to spend more than one day with your loved ones to celebrate your wedding. If you’re not wanting to go abroad, why not consider a send-off activity instead?

This could be anything from a morning-after brunch at a hotel, restaurant, or family member’s house to a group outing to a local destination, like a beach. This way, you can meet up with all your guests from the previous day, recap the festivities, and make sure you chat to anyone you missed the day before!

Enjoy your day and stay in the moment

It can be easy to worry about all the aspects of your big day that need to go well, all the people you need to see and all the things you need to do. We’re here to tell you that you need to ensure you  relax – weddings go by in the blink of an eye and you’ll regret it if you were too busy worrying about the things coming up to enjoy the food, the music and the time with the people you love and your new husband or wife.

Don’t let the pressure of speaking to every single guest ruin your experience or create too much unnecessary stress. There will be plenty of time to catch up with them post-wedding, whether that’s to look at the wedding video or photos, or simply to have a coffee and a catch up after you get back from your honeymoon.

Book your dream wedding today

If you’re looking for a wedding venue that can provide you with a seamless service for your special day, allowing you to spend more time with each one of your valued guests, consider The Brewery. With our fantastic wedding planner, wonderful catering team, and skilled event design team, we’ll be able to tailor your day to your specific requirements and make sure you don’t miss out on any part of your big day.