8 Things Every Guest Hopes a Wedding Will Have

Planning Tips
What Guests Expect to See at a Wedding

Photo: Marcela Polo

It's a simple (but often forgotten) fact: weddings are about the couple. Their love; their commitment; their preferences; their idea of fun celebration. Sometimes, however, the process gets a little complicated along the way, especially when there are hundreds of guests to consider. Because we know bride and groom want their friends and family to enjoy their big day as much as possible, we put together a handy little list of eight things (almost) every guest appreciates at a wedding. Of course there are unsatisfied outliers at every celebration, but you can just seat them at the kid's table and get on with your merry self.

Accommodation Options
We all want to stay at the Four Seasons, but some of us also like to pay our rent. Give your out-of-town guests hotel options at different price points to keep them happy and debt-free.

Minimal Ceremony to Reception Time
Unless you'd like everyone to show up grumpy or inebriated, minimize the lag time between ceremony and reception as much as possible.

See more: Cute Ways to Keep Your Guests Comfortable on Your Wedding Day

Open Bar
A wedding without an open bar is like a swimming pool without water: dry, uncomfortable, and just ... wrong.

Good Music
Please, leave the "chicken dance" out of this.

Similar Patrons
Whether you're a twenty-something on the prowl, or a senior citizen ready to cut a rug, everyone loves to have a couple of patrons in their same demographic to bond with throughout the night.

Good Food
Wedding food doesn't need to be fancy, but it should be three things: warm, plentiful and flavorful.

Short Speeches
No matter how close you are to the couple and their speech givers, speeches that last longer than one glass of wine are the ultimate mood killer.

Thoughtful Seating Arrangements
Sitting next to your ex boyfriend at a wedding is a special type of torture. Keep relationships and personality types in mind while arranging your tables... for all of our sakes.

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