Tips to make sure your older guests are happy at your wedding
When planning your wedding, you should make sure all your guests have fun and enjoy every moment. There may not be too many old people attending your wedding, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to set some time aside and make a few special arrangements for them. Here are the small things you can do to can ensure they are comfortable.
Look to their stay and transportation
When an older guest or couple confirms that they will be attending, you should check with them about their accommodation and transportation plans. Give clear directions and share the time schedule, so they can plan their day properly.
You could lend a helping hand with transporting them to and from the venue, so they do not face any hassles getting there. Co-ordinate with other guests or put a member of your bridal party in charge of making sure that they are taken to and from the function. If the wedding and reception are at different locations and they have their own vehicle, you could ask them to park at the reception venue, and take them from there to the wedding venue and back.
Check for disabled access at the venue
It is a good idea to check ahead for wheelchair access at the venues. Similarly if there is a staircase or narrow steps to climb, it is sensible to assign someone to assist your older guests to make it inside comfortably. If it is a church wedding, ask that they be seated at the ends of rows, so its easier for them to settle in and step out. After the ceremony, make sure someone walks them out.
If your guests have to wait outside before they can enter the venue, make sure there are seating arrangements. Else, ask them to arrive at the venue just on time, so they do not have to be kept standing.
Assign a bridesmaid or groomsman the duty of taking care of them
Put someone in-charge of your elderly guests, while they are at your wedding. Ensure that this is someone who is considerate and sensible, and can help them appropriately. Place them in-charge of checking on their charges regularly, and making sure everything they want is taken care of. When there is a particular person who has to handle this responsibility, you know who to turn to, should these guests need any assistance.
Seat them with company
It is a good idea to plan the seating arrangements so that the older guests keep each other company. At the reception, arrange comfortable couches in a warm area, where they can relax and chat with each other, if they do not want to dance. Have coffee and tea nearby, so they can help themselves. Encourage them to join you on the dance floor by including tunes in your playlist that they are likely to enjoy.
Be punctual and stick to the schedule you shared, so they do not have to wait around and become uncomfortable. At the end of the day, make sure they go home safely with the fond memories of your big day.
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