New survey reveals what wedding guests dislike most about today’s weddings. With some surprising guest attitudes, it makes for some interesting reading…
So of course it’s your wedding. You should have what you want and conduct the day in the manner in which you want. But guest attitudes matter to you too, right? You’re unlikely to want to host an occasion that you know in advance your family and friends won’t, for whatever reason, enjoy. And that won’t happen either… er, right? With some surprising insights into wedding guest attitudes, a survey by Candyking Parties has highlighted some intriguing pet hates from those attending your wedding. From the infographic image featured below and with a spot of analysis from the team at Love Our Wedding, we thought this was worth exploring further. It’s certainly given us some food for thought…
The Wedding Ceremony
We’re struck by those who list not being able to hear the bride and groom – and this is certainly worth bearing in mind for your own day. Guests do want to hear you exchange your vows, and by projecting your voice and speaking slowly and clearly, you can easily make this an inclusive aspect of the ceremony for all. We’re a little taken aback by the high percentage of people annoyed with babies crying… isn’t this par for the course? Don’t young children add so much more to the sheer celebratory nature of the big day in general than the relatively minor annoyance of a few tears? Should parents with screaming toddlers not be responsible for removing said small person if and when this happens (and does this not instantly solve the problem?). What are your thoughts…
Being a Guest
I suspect we can all empathise with the 26% who get bored and/or desperately hungry in the long wait between ceremony and food. There are certain tactics you can employ here. Firstly, speak with your photographer in advance about your expectations for the time it is going to take to capture some intimate shots between the ceremony and the breakfast. Be realistic – this needs to happen and guests are prepared for this – but set out clear boundaries with your photographer too. Remember, this is their area of expertise; if given all the time in the world, they’ll be happy to take it to capture that perfect shot! In addition to this, consider the type of canapés you will serve (filling ones!) and how many you’ll distribute (this has budget implications!).
As self-professed lovers of pretty much all things wedding traditional, we can’t help thinking that those guests surveyed here are perhaps a little bit grouchy! Having a top table can, however, prove isolating as well as reinforcing a ‘them’ and ‘us’ mentality (the bridal party ‘in’ crowd; best mates on the next closest table… and then everyone else). This may be food for thought for your own big day. Top tables can, however, work beautifully, especially if it’s a big affair; having a central table makes those giving speeches easier to identify and gives the event a focal point.
Hey, you strange wedding guests! What have you got against giant light-up letters?! We all know the hashtag craze can be taken too far and it would seem the verdict is in on the cake front: don’t mess with people’s puddings!
Our thanks for this survey from candykingparties.co.uk