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All guests at your wedding
(or any reception) should be the VIP’s* in your life. Treat
them very special …or don’t treat them at all.
Do you need help making the
list of your VIP's? Here’s some expert advice, from South
African fashion designer and stylist, Simon Rademan, for
deciding who should make the final cut. Mr Rademan has been a
guest at hundreds of weddings and has decided to share 7 ways to
keep your guests happy.
1. Be different -
should plan to celebrate your wedding on any day of the week, except on
a Saturday (if you want to save money). Venues are cheaper, and out of town guests won’t be
able to make it. Some of your invites will be returned saying,
“sorry, have to work!” You may even choose a quaint church in a
“plattelandse dorpie” catering for fewer people. ...eg
less guests, better treatment.
… or …
do it the more traditional way, and be prepared to max your
credit card. If this is your choice, I suggest you consider
the following, still save some money, ... and still manage to keep your guests happy.
2. Pick up the tab -
Always take into consideration who is footing the bill at your
wedding. Traditionally the bride’s parents pay for the
reception, but in modern times, it is the bride and the groom
that has to pick up the tab. Allocate a specific number of
guests to each contributor and stick to that number.
Compile a large list (lets call it “the fantasy list”), and
reduce it relentlessly. This is the best way to cut costs.
3. A smaller venue -
Choose smaller venues and invite the people that are important
to you. Here the “either-or” rule applies: “more guests” or “a
specific venue”? A larger venue with fewer guests could be cold
and impersonal. A larger venue calls for larger expenses …
rather spend more on less people
4. Don’t feel guilty -
Concentrate on people who matter now. Don't feel guilty when
you run into someone you haven't seen in years and aren't
planning on inviting to the wedding. Otherwise, you'd be
inviting everyone you've ever met.
5. “Sorry, no children” -
Although the above is preferable, it is not always practical.
If you're having a large number of guests with children, hire a
babysitter to watch the kids during the ceremony (in a separate
room, if necessary). Make a children's table or room available
at the reception, complete with crayons, coloring books, small
toys, and games. Ask your caterer to prepare kiddies’ meals so
they don't have to eat … and you don't have to pay … for
6. Dancing or not? -
A party ends up
being as enjoyable as the company you keep. Create perfect,
party-friendly tables for your guests? Seat people with
similar interests and of similar ages together; put an even
number of guests at each table (people tend to pair off in
conversation so you don't want to leave anyone out); and put the
dance lovers near the dance floor … they'll keep the party
7. Set Them Up -
shortlist of different venues for out-of-town guests to stay.
Look for locations near your ceremony and reception sites. This
should not be your responsibility, but a pleasure to advise.
Include al contact-details and try and arrange special
Conclusion: All guests
are VIP's*. Rather have fever guests, because If you
invite them, you should treat them!
* - very
I do not proclaim to be an authority on any of the subjects I
write about. I merely share my experiences with those who wish
to learn from it.
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