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HAPPY GUESTS, HAPPY WEDDING: 5 TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR LOVED ONES SMILING ON YOUR BIG DAY


A blonde lady in a blue dress sitting on a swing with a man in a grey suit, both laughing
Guests enjoying the swing at That Amazing Place
 
Sarah Whyte, owner of Purple Kite Photography, sitting on a bridge in Hertford, Hertfordshire

Hi, I'm Sarah!

I love being able to document the raw emotions and excitement of a wedding day and take pride in delivering stunning images that my couples will cherish for a lifetime.

I create a calm and relaxed atmosphere for my clients, ensuring that they feel at ease and enjoy every moment of their day.

Although I'm based in Hertford, I'm not just a Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer. I can travel all over the UK (and beyond) for your Wedding!


 

HAVE YOU WONDERED HOW TO KEEP YOUR GUESTS HAPPY ON YOUR WEDDING DAY?

Read my 5 top tips for keeping your guests smiling throughout your special day.


Lady in cream suit and large fascinator holding champagne glass and laughing with two friends

1. COMFORT IS KEY

Making your guests comfortable will definitely help keep them happy. If it's a hot day, ensure there is shade provided. Bring brollies if it rains (ask your photographer if they have some clear brollies for some fun rainy shots with your bridal party, before you buy some)

Lots of wedding couples now provide comfort packs including basic toiletries so guests can freshen up, or some flip flops for guests to wear in the evening when the high heels are getting too much!



2. KEEP GROUP PORTRAITS TO A MINIMUM

Capturing a few group portraits are a must for most couples on their wedding day, but they can be more time consuming than you’d think and your guests will not thank you for making them hang around for any longer than they have to. Let’s face it, they’d rather be enjoying the drinks reception, and so would you!

I usually start with a whole group shot so that most guests can then be excused while we focus on some smaller groups. Make a list beforehand to help speed up the process - between 5 and 7 is a great number. Enlist the help of someone who knows who’s who and can help round people up.

Your photographer will capture you and your guests candidly at other points of the day, so there is no need to pose with every guest combination.



3. DON'T LET YOUR GUESTS GO HUNGRY

Canapes on a wooden board being taken by several guests' hands
Wedding canapes by Soka Food

Depending on the time you have chosen to have your ceremony, your guests many have to skip a meal to attend, so ensure you've got some canapes or other snacks ready for them once the formalities are over to keep them going until the wedding breakfast.







Get the timing of wedding speeches right! Many couples choose to do the speeches at the start of their meal so that those having to make them can relax straight after. Though it’s worth thinking about how hungry your guests may be getting too, especially if an earlier ceremony time means they’ve skipped lunch. Having them after dinner means that everyone has a full tummy and can focus on the speeches, rather than wishing they were over so they could eat!


Hands placing a white dish full of colourful salad onto a table
Wedding breakfast by Soka Food

Table laden with baskets and boards filled bread and salads
Wedding buffet at The White Horse, Hertingfordbury

Don't forget to provide food for your evening guests too. Your day guests will also welcome a bit of re-fuelling before the evening celebrations get underway.









4. KEEP SPEECHES SHORT

I’m not going to lie, I have heard some painfully long speeches. It’s a great idea to give the speakers a rough time limit to work to – under 10 minutes each is ideal - even less if you plan to have more than three speakers. They may well be grateful for a time limit and guests certainly will be too. (Don’t get me wrong, I have heard plenty of brilliant speeches too, but who wants their wedding to be remembered for the 2 hour long speeches – not you!)



5: ENTERTAINMENT

There can be a lot of hanging around for your guests on your wedding day, so make sure they have something to keep them entertained.


A wedding day is a very long day for little ones. If you have invited lots of guests with children it's worth thinking about providing some kind of entertainment to keep them from getting bored - and it gives their parents a little more freedom to enjoy themselves too! You could keep it simple by providing colouring activities for them, add bottles of bubbles to tables (adults love these too!) or maybe instant cameras.



Or you could hire garden games or an entertainer.



It's not just the kids who need entertaining!

Think about providing some entertainment for the adults too. There is often a large gap after the ceremony before the wedding breakfast is served. As well as offering drinks and canapes, you may want to add in something for your guests to enjoy while you're having photos done. Vintage garden games are a popular choice for summer weddings. Or you could be a bit different and hire a gospel choir or a magician!


5 Gospel singers dressed in blue singing outdoors with bride and groom dancing along
CK Gospel Choir entertaining the wedding guests

Man in a bowtie and waistcoat sitting at an outdoor table holding a playing card out. His friends smiling around him
Magician Graham Scott wowing the grown-ups with his tricks

A man in a suit throwing a ball at a coconut shy while other guests watch
Garden Games from Herts Vintage Hire

Polaroid cameras or selfie stations with some fun props always go down well and you can get some great extra images from a different perspective - especially as the drink starts to flow.



Invest in a good band or DJ to get the party started in the evening. Remember, some of your guests have only just arrived, so you need to ensure that your evening-only guests have an amazing time at your wedding too.


Wedding guests and bridesmaids dancing in a marquee


Wedding guests dancing happily in a marquee

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