9 Things Your Wedding Guests Love

Planning a wedding is super exciting! You have picked out your attire & decided on a theme to compliment your love story. You have planned every decoration and floral (plus so much more). Your big day itself is a reflection of you and your partner’s styles and preferences. However, you need to consider your guests because they will be experiencing all the emotions of your wedding reception.

Read our guide & learn how to secretly impress your wedding guests

Well, you are in the right place because we hold the keys for an unforgettable special event! Below you will find the best ideas possible to tailor your event. Transform it from traditional to truly extraordinary. We hope you are ready! So let’s dive in & cover some of the topics that are super important.

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Wedding Gift Registry

At first glance, this may seem like something you’d enjoy more but we can assure you that this is mutual. As soon as your guests learn the happy news about you being engaged, they will want to shower you with love and gifts.

put their minds at ease by letting them know what you prefer to receive

This saves them a lot of time which they would otherwise spend brainstorming. You can opt for a wedding website and put all the important information there along with your gift registry. This is also great because it reduces the chances of someone gifting you the same item twice.

Welcome Bags

Nothing pampers guests more than receiving welcome bags. This is especially vital if they are coming from another city, state or country. No one would object to a goodie bag filled with helpful things. But here’s where it gets interesting, you can include many personalized items and useful ones.

if you are hosting a summer wedding in the open, then include sunglasses, a fan and sunscreen

If your guests are coming from out of town, a map, a recommendation of local places to visit, and a few restaurant hotspot suggestions will go a long way. Get creative with personalizing the labels of the items by including a custom wedding name monogram on your stationary!

Delicious Favors

As long as we are on the same page for gifting items, then food favors are also a big hit. You can be sure that no guest will turn this down or leave it behind. If you are doing edible favors then be sure to leave some bags in-case your guests would like to grab extra.

if you have a family favorite have loved ones create your edible favors

Small pots of honey, dessert treats like donuts, candy, and mini pies are just some of the amazing ideas that you can include. Wrap them with a personalized touch like adding a small tag or custom label on them. Bonus, try to have your flavorful favors match your wedding theme or season.

Transportation & Accommodations

Make your guests super happy by having these two things sorted before they arrive. For your out-of-town guests, book accommodations in the same block because this can often result in big discounts.

when you help plan the shuttles & hotels you are removing a huge pain for out of town guests

Furthermore, by reserving the rooms in advance, you will give them a sense of being cared for. Additionally, take care of the shuttle service. You wouldn’t want them feeling anxious, worried about finding an Uber. This might cause guests to be late for your wedding ceremony.

Reception Meal Choice

We suggest offering your guests 2 meal choices. Giving them options will make them feel appreciated. This also depends on their lifestyle. For example, are some of your guests vegetarians or vegans? Then give an alternative that won’t contain meat, dairy nor any animal-related food like a delicious creative salad.

Trust us, they will feel honored that you have thought of them. If you are having a multicultural wedding, then having a traditional dish as one of the options is a great idea. This will be a chance for some of the guests to try something new!

Have an Open Bar

If we are being realistic, having an open bar will definitely keep the party ON. This will serve as a pick-me-up between the songs, plus, you will see some incredible dance moves which will elevate the whole atmosphere! This is of course possible if your wedding budget allows it.

If not, you can have a cash bar where the guests pay a small amount like $2 per drink and you will cover the rest. Besides having all top shelf drinks you may opt for beer and wine. This is a low cost option that still gives your guest some flexibility.

an open bar is one of the top 3 things you can have at your wedding to ensure it is epic

Kick your bar up a notch with signature drinks. Put your favorite drinks on the menu and give them funny names that reflect who you are. Signature drinks allows your guests to get to better know you. This will also be a great conversation starter at your event.

Reception Entertainment

There are so many possibilities to level up your reception and provide amusement for all ages. That being said, we have two words for you – photo booth! You can never go wrong with this one because everyone wants to have fun taking pictures with various props. Even the senior generation will feel compelled to have a go. Your photo booth scrap book can even double as your guest book.

other crowd-pleasers can be caricature artists, live musicians and even stilt walking LED robots 🤖

A valuable addition to your reception will also be a charging station. Your guests will take a lot of photos and even share them on social media. This can really drain the battery fast. Giving your guests the option to charge phones and devices will be greatly appreciated.

Give Them Song Requests

Naturally, you have planned a well-curated playlist that is tailored to your taste. Surrendering control over the songs may seem intimidating for a second. However, this could potentially be the best thing to kick start your party vibe! Make sure to play all of your important songs while leaving some room for guest suggestions.

They might choose a throwback hit from the 80s that has been forgotten by many. This can elevate the whole atmosphere with bittersweet nostalgic feels. Guest might choose a pop culture ballad that is ideal for slow dancing. That reminds us, there is a way to bring this to another level. While the ballad is playing, consider having a dry ice magical ambiance. Not many have experienced this sensation, so they will feel like they are dancing on a cloud!

The After Party


Not everyone feels like leaving after the reception has ended. In fact, when everyone is having the time of their lives, many of your guests will think, ‘I wish it lasted longer’. By hosting an after-party, they can continue celebrating.

if you found our ideas inspiring, then browse more expert articles in our blog & discover even more wedding inspirations

If you decide to host a post reception after party then don’t forget late-night snacks. Every guest becomes moody when hangry 😠 This can be a pizza station, food truck, taco table, donut station, waffle table and so much more! If you are taking the party to a bar then plan some snacking options there as well.

- XO Team Ship

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