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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tips for Making Your Destination Wedding Guests Feel at Home

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Polka Dot Bride & courtesy of the Anti-bride
Photo courtesy of Mint Photography

As the leaves turn golden brown, my mind is starting to wander to more thoughtful subjects, wedding season in Australia is drawing to a close and the colder months, while still full of weddings are more of a time of reflection, of planning, of thoughts.

As a chocolate orange cake bakes in the oven and I am taken to places where chocolate cake and cozy experiences exist – today has again reminded me of embracing these experiences as a part of your wedding.


Coziness for me is welcoming, an embrace and warmth. Nothing quite replaces that feeling when you get home from a long day of work and your other half has baked your favorite meal – the scents as it wafts past you. The sight of a pot of tea and a soft rug when you show up at a friend’s house for an afternoon chat.

Last week, I wrote up a wedding where a bride felt so wonderful she felt “right at home”. Little touches can enhance your guests’ experience at your wedding and help them feel like they’ve come home. Think of:

• Hot drinks pre-ceremony
• Soft rugs in a woven basket for guests during winter
• A pre-wedding event for your guests to mingle & get to know each other
• Hand written notes at place cards to those who have helped you greatly
• An attendee welcoming & directing guests as they arrive to your event
• Lots of signage for guests who are too shy to ask for help
• Soft pillows for guests to lean again in lounge areas
• Quiet corners filled with candlelight & plates of nibbles
• A sweet serenade from your band’s musician to a couple you know & love
• Sweet smelling flowers for guests to wear in their hair
• Provide your favorite soap & a few soft towels in the bathrooms
• Light your reception with candlelight & lamps
• Serve family favorites like your mum’s pumpkin soup, beef stews & home baked bread

Coziness doesn’t take much – it takes a little thought and a little love, but it can change the experience of your guests from a memorable event to one that warms the soul.

About: Polka Dot Bride is Australia’s premier wedding blog and is read by thousands of brides worldwide. Polka Dot Bride is ranked within the top 20 Australian Women Bloggers and #53 out of the Top 100 Australian Bloggers as of June 2009. Polka Dot Bride has a passion to provide information on the latest trends in weddings, and inspirational and creative ideas for the Australian bride. Ms Polka Dot’s aim is to create a fun, informative, and stylish blog that is engaged with, and inclusive of, its readers. She writes a daily feature on the blog that includes new ideas, real weddings, fabulous finds and the beautiful and the inspirational. Polka Dot Bride readers are stylish and savvy; they want to make their wedding stand out from the crowd. Ms. Polka Dot’s aim is to inspire brides and grooms to create the wedding of their dreams.

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