Weddings give couples the opportunity to share the joy of joining their lives with a host of friends and family members. Guests liven up the party and help make the celebration even more memorable.
According to The Knot 2019 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding in the United States hosts 131 people.
Data indicates that this number has slowly declined over the years, after the average marriage size hit a record high of 153 in 2007.
No matter how big or small the guest list is, keeping guests informed of what’s going on regarding upcoming nuptials is a courtesy couples can offer.
Couples can explore various avenues to keep guests informed and ensure they can participate in the festivities.
Date reservation announcements have become an increasingly popular part of wedding planning. Instead of waiting for the wedding invitation, which traditionally arrives a month or two before the wedding itself, date saver cards provide guests with an advance announcement of the upcoming celebration. According to the photo and invitation specialists at Shutterfly, it’s customary to send save-the-date notes about six months before the wedding. For a destination wedding, which will require additional travel plans, eight to 12 months in advance can be helpful.
Save-the-date cards usually contain basic information, including the wedding date and location. Many will also feature a photo of the couple. If you plan to send save the date announcements, coordinate with your photographer to have a photo taken exclusively for these cards.
Couples are increasingly embracing technology when planning their weddings. Brides magazine reports that during the typical 15-month engagement period, 48% of couples will launch a wedding website. A wedding website is a versatile tool that can help answer any questions guests may have. The website can spell out details, including dress code, whether children are invited, names of wedding party attendees, overnight accommodations, transportation providers, and even nearby restaurants. hotel for a quick bite between the ceremony and the reception.
Wedding websites can also be used as fun ways to keep guests engaged. Photos from “Thursday homecoming” or fun memories and anecdotes can be included.
Video conferencing applications
As the world continues to adapt in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, video conferencing apps like Facetime, Zoom and Microsoft Teams allow those involved in the planning process to regularly “gather” and review details of the wedding, helping to limit in-person encounters as much as possible. These apps can also prove invaluable when discussing with wedding vendors, such as florists or musicians.
You can also plan smaller gatherings with specific guests who may play a key role in the wedding, such as those who give speeches, do readings, accompany guests, or serve in other capacities.
There are resources that can help couples keep guests informed about what’s coming up regarding their wedding.