When you are a guest at a wedding, it’s easy to forget the sheer amount of effort that the bride and groom have put into making sure that you enjoy the day just as much as they do. A large amount of wedding preparation revolves around the comfort and enjoyment of the happy couple’s friends and family. So revel in the personal touches. The more fun everyone has, the better the day will be. Walk away with more than just fond memories.
The first thing you will receive when it comes to a wedding is an invitation through the post. The couple will have gone through piles of wedding invitation samples to find the right one for them. If they wanted to, they could have saved a lot of time, effort, and money by just sending out mass invites via a Facebook event. But this invitation is a special offer for you to be a part of their official union. Keep the it as a keepsake.
There will likely be a professional photographer capturing the key moments of the day, so don’t get in their way. But remember to take a personal camera along. Disposable cameras and Polaroid cameras are a great way to capture candid moments throughout the day. Even if you are just using your mobile phone, get snap happy. It would be a nice surprise for the newlyweds if you print the photos out once you’re home and fill an album with them. It’ll be a great reminder of the happy day and a lovely piece for them to keep in their new home.
Most couples nowadays provide their guests with wedding favors. These aren’t compulsory but are a special little way for the bride and groom to say thank you for coming along. They can range from sweet treats to bath bombs or stationary. Whatever the gift, remember to pick it up. Don’t just leave these on the table at the end of the night. The bride and groom will have spent a lot of time and money in providing them for you, so make sure to say thank you and show your appreciation for the lovely thought.
It is traditional for the bride to throw her bouquet over her head into a crowd of her guests. Legend has it that the lucky lady who catches the bouquet will be the next person in the room to get married. So get in there and make that bouquet yours for the keeping. Check with the bride what’s happening with the floral decorations at the end of the night. You might be able to take home some beautiful flowers too. Never just take a vase without asking though. A lot of the time the wedding organiser will have hired vases from the florists, so these will need to be returned after the event. You don’t want the newly wed couple to have to fork out for expensive “lost” vases later down the line.
The all-important wedding cake. Fruitcake, chocolate or carrot cake. Whatever the cake of choice, make sure to take a small slice home. It will be lovely with a cup of tea later. Traditionally, people sleep with their slice of wedding cake under their pillow to dream of their future husband or wife. However, this might not be such a good idea if the couple has gone for an alternative, softer cake.
Whether you’re a bridesmaid, who fancies hooking up with the best man or you just so happen to get on well with the old woman who sat next to you through the service. Keep in touch with people you meet on the big day. It’s especially easy nowadays with social media. If you meet someone that you particularly take a shine to it’s a nice gesture to ask for their facebook name, instagram address or phone number. You already have a mutual friend so meeting up again is an entirely feasible option. Weddings are a great way to get to know new people in a relaxed, friendly and jovial setting.
A lot of weddings have chocolates and other little nibbles lying around for the guests. These will literally be thrown in the bin once everyone has left, so why not ask for a takeaway box and bring some home with you. If you don’t want them yourself, you could drop them into a local food bank or give them to the homeless. They’ll be greatly appreciated as chocolate is a taken for granted treat that many can’t afford.