Autumn Wedding Flowers Guide – March, April and May Weddings

Best Autumn Wedding Flowers

What’s the best autumn wedding flowers? When it comes to finding the most popular wedding flowers, the search can get a little overwhelming.  And remember, you don’t have to be a flower expert to know which blooms you like, and which you don’t. You certainly wouldn’t be the first bride-to-be to assume that your absolute favorite bloom MUST be available for your wedding day because let’s face it each and every wedding magazine that you buy features it on the front cover!

Here are the most popular autumn flowers (March, April, May:

Bouvardia

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Calla lilies

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Camellia blooms

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Cornflower

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Cosmos

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Cymbidium orchids

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Dahlias

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Daphne

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David Austin Roses

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Delphinium

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Disbuds

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Double tulips

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Early Cheers

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Freesias

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Hyacinth

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Lavender

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Lisianthus

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Parrot Tulips

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Peonies (imported)

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Phalaenopsis Orchids

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Poppies (starting May)

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Roses

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Snapdragons

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Stock

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Tuber Roses

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Tulips

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Check out more on our blogs: Wedding flowers by Karen Tran

Most Popular Wedding Dates and Seasons in Australia

Most Popular Wedding Dates and Seasons

You’re now engaged! Congratulations! Now what? The next step is figuring out what is the best date to get married. We surveyed our clients and the most popular wedding dates fall on a Saturday. Almost 70% of weddings occur on a Saturday. No other days of the week really come into comparison to the Saturday figure, with the next most popular day being Friday. Sunday was the third most popular day to get married.

The dates are scattered across mostly the autumn and spring months, with both March and October being especially popular. This makes sense as both spring and autumn were also rated the two most popular season to get married in our survey on all our clients. This comes as no surprise with the lovely weather, beautiful flowers and gorgeous wedding themes that are in abundance in the springtime.

Out of the spring months and the entire year, October is the most popular month to get married. The autumn months were not too far behind the spring months in terms of choice, with both April and September being equally as popular as each other. Many couples choosing to marry during this month because of the weather, November, and October are increasing in popularity. Many couples are choosing to get married at this time of the year to avoid the very busy wedding season and make the most of the daylight hours.

Now you know what are the most popular wedding dates, this will give you an idea to help you decide when you will get married. Do you can make a list of pros and cons on what season or date you want to get married.

Check out our blog: Wedding flowers by Karen Tran

Valentines Themed Wedding Dress Ideas – Valentine’s Day Wedding

Valentines Themed Wedding Dress

Valentines themed wedding dress is romantic and elegant gown for brides marrying on Valentine’s day. This holiday is synonymous with pink and red, so you can go unexpected and choose gowns in one of these colors. However, if you want to stick to traditional dress style and stay in white, you can add some bright accessories.

See some of Valentine’s Day wedding gowns ideas to get inspired!

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Whatever wedding dress you choose, make sure that it resonates your personality and flatters the type of body you have.

Check out our blog: How to Find a Wedding Dress that Flatters Your Body Type

Valentines Day Themed Wedding Invitations – Valentine’s Day Wedding

Valentines Day Themed Wedding Invitations

If you wish to tie the knot on Valentines day, it’s a-must to get a Valentines day themed wedding invitations. We made some heart shape invites in the past. They were designed love heart laser cut invitations. This gold heart shaped card features intricate trinkets around the edges to get your guests into the wedding swing! All the fun and romantic elements of a wedding are captured intricately around the heart card! These include the ring, the bride’s shoes, cocktails, and of course the wedding couple! This wedding invitation comes with some gorgeous rsvp and gift registry cards to match!

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We also found some interesting invites inspired by Valentine’s day.

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Interested to customise your wedding invitations? Here at Classic Wedding Invitations prides itself on creating bespoke designs, a variety of finishes, high quality and thus creating the best Wedding Invitations Online.

Whether it’s Rustic Wedding Invitations you are after or Modern, Elegant or Classical styles, CWI has a wide range of styles to choose from. With a variety of finishes including laser cutting, gold foiling, digital printing, acrylic and wooden invites available. Budget weddings are also catered for with a range of cheap wedding invites or DIY invitations.

Complete packages include Engagement invites, Save the Date cards, and Wedding Cards AccessoriesMenusSeating Charts & SignagePlace Cards and Thank you cards.

Valentine’s Day Marriage Proposal Ideas That Will Swept Your Partner off Their Feet

Valentine’s Day Marriage Proposal Ideas

Are you hedging on the date because you’re afraid it’s just a little too cheesy or cliché? Don’t let that stop you from popping the question. Valentine’s Day Marriage Proposal is perfect for you! It’s a day that’s already romantic, and that you know you’ll be spending together. If you’re planning a Valentine’s Day proposal, check out these ideas for making the moment special and memorable.

Proposing in Front of a Crowd

Many couples go to the theater on Valentine’s Day. If you’re reasonably sure your sweetie is going to say yes, call the theater in advance to see if you can propose on stage.

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Look for a play or musical that has a weddings or love theme. The stage manager should be able to assist you in planning something theatrical and memorable. Don’t forget to buy tickets early as Valentine’s Day is a popular evening. A variant on this is to buy an ad at your movie theater that will show before the previews begin. You’ll need to ensure that you arrive plenty early!

Throw your future spouse off his or her game by planning a special getaway.

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Especially if you are never the one who plans your romantic trips, just the trip alone is enough to disguise your real mission. Valentine’s day marriage proposal to pop the question right before you leave for the airport or jump in the car to head out. What a fantastic way to celebrate!

Say It With Candy

Do your Valentine’s day marriage proposal by buying your sweetheart a heart-shaped box of chocolates and replace one with the engagement ring. She (or he!) may be surprised that you’ve gotten her such an inexpensive gift, but if you can get her to open it, the surprise will be on her!

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Another idea is to buy a bag of conversation hearts and find one that says “Marry Me”. Casually share the bag of candy with her, having the special one hidden in your pocket. When she’s not paying attention, slip it out and say “here, this one is perfect for you”, then quickly follow it with the ring on one knee.

Recreating a First Date or Special Moment

Do Valentine’s day marriage proposal by telling your valentine not to make any plans for February 14th, then make all the arrangements to recreate your first date (or another very special date – perhaps the one when you told each other “I love you” for the first time.) Make reservations for the same restaurant, get a tape for the car of the song that was playing on the radio, or packs a picnic of the foods and wines you had that day.

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Don’t forget to wear a similar outfit! In your own words, say that you’ve recreated the moment because it was the moment you met the person you’re going to marry (or knew that you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together), then get down on one knee and pop the question!

On a Walk/Drive/Sail

Do Valentine’s day marriage proposal by taking some time to find the most romantic spot near you, then lead your Valentine there in a leisurely way, talking about why you are in love and why your relationship is so special.

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When you’ve arrived at the right spot, take a moment to drink in the scenery, then say something like “I wanted to bring you to a spot almost as beautiful as you are to ask you to spend the rest of your life with me. Will you marry me?”

At a Restaurant

According to a wine merchants survey, restaurants are the second most popular place for proposals (at home is the first!). It makes sense that restaurants are so popular, as you’ll have a host of people to help you make things perfect. If a restaurant is in your plans, start off by selecting someplace truly special – perhaps a usual favorite of yours, or one with a magical ambiance. Secure those reservations early and while you’re doing so, ask to speak to someone about proposing that evening.

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They’ll be experts on the nicest and easiest way to do it at their particular location – whether it’s writing Marry Me on the dessert plate rim, or going for a walk nearby to propose before returning for champagne and dessert. Just don’t hide the ring in food – you wouldn’t want it to be swallowed!

Discovering the Ring Somewhere Unexpected

If you’re generally not the romantic type, your honey will be suspicious if you suddenly want to go out for a fancy dinner or theater, even on Valentine’s Day. Thus, put the ring someplace common in your house- this might be in the silverware drawer, in the butter dish, or tied to the neck of the first beer on the shelf with a note attached that says “will you marry me?”. He or she won’t be expecting it when the ring appears after Eggs Benedict or fried chicken instead of in the chocolate mousse. It will be just as romantic and far more surprising. Try to be around when it’s discovered, so that you can drop to one knee to pop the question.

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An alternative to this casual approach is to bring in the local paper and nonchalantly ask, “Do you think we should announce our engagement in the paper?” When your soon-to-be fiance realizes what you’ve said, take the ring out of your pocket.

On the Radio

If your darling wakes up to the alarm clock set to a particular radio station or listens to the same one at work every day, arrange to propose on air on Valentine’s Day. Call the station at least a few days in advance to arrange it, or see if you’ll need to buy an ad.

Make an appointment with the jeweler where you intend to purchase the engagement ring and take your future fiancée to lunch and shopping.

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Have a few rings preselected and wander into the jewelry shop like you’re just going to look—yes, it’s a tease—but then sit down together and present her with a selection and ask her to marry you. Then let her choose her favorite ring.

Jigsaw Puzzle

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One of my favorite ideas! Give your valentine the puzzle in a box, wrapped as a present. She/he will open it (perhaps being upset that their Valentine’s present is only a puzzle!) and start to solve it, only to discover that one piece is missing. You’ll produce that piece hidden in your pocket, which reads “Will You Marry Me?”

Tell your significant other that you’ve made plans with a large group of people—even better if they’re not his or her favorite people—but actually make a private reservation someplace very special for just the two of you.


Begin the night with a proposal instead of leaving them in limbo through dinner. Perhaps have the server deliver the ring on an amuse bouche from the chef with Champagne. That way you can celebrate all evening long.

Photo Album

Make an album of your relationship, with pictures of the two of you during important moments, and on the second to last page write “what will the future bring?” and on the last page write “how about marriage?”

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If you’re not a get-down-on-one-knee kind of person, technology can make your proposal fun even if you’re not actually holding the ring.


Surprise your loved one with a path of rose petals (or M&Ms if they’re more effective—you know who you’re proposing to) to the kitchen counter where there’s a glass of wine waiting. Then have the path to the bedroom where you have a heart of rose petals on the bed with a ring box in the center. You can do this a thousand different ways, but the trick is to be waiting with a camera to capture her reaction when she sees it. A tripod can help, but you need to remember to stay “in frame” when you join the fun.

A Book With a Secret

Your intended will open their Valentine’s gift to reveal a book of love poetry. Most of the pages will be stuck together, but in the one place it opens, a slot will be cut out with the engagement ring inside.

Valentine’s day marriage proposal is the most common day to propose. Because it’s such a popular day, don’t ruin your opportunity to have a good proposal story on this day!

Check out more on our blog: Luxury Escapes – Planning the Ultimate Proposal!

Reasons Why Valentine’s Day Wedding is Awesome!

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With Valentine’s day right around the corner,  it is hard not to fantasize about a gorgeous love-filled wedding day! Getting married on Valentine’s Day? You must be a true romantic! Have your Valentine’s Day wedding reflect all the romance of your love story. Really there is no better way to celebrate your love and love in general, than by marrying the love of your life on valentines day!

Valentine’s day is all about, if not love, friends, family, and marriage. Read on to see our reasons to marry your soulmate on Valentine’s day!

1. ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY (SINGLE AND TAKEN) GET TO SPEND THE DAY CELEBRATING LOVE

Seriously, no one wants to spend Valentine’s day alone, and if you are getting married then your closest friends won’t have to! Who knows maybe they will meet their someone special too!

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2. HEARTS EVERYWHERE!

Heart shaped decorations are the most fun way to celebrate valentines day, and weddings! So you can really go crazy when you combine the two together!

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3.  LOVE THEMED WEDDING

A love themed wedding is perfect for hopeless romantics, and the perfect reason to have a Valentine’s day wedding.

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4. KISSED BY CUPID THEMED WEDDING!

A cupid themed wedding is oh so cute! Plus if you feel like you love was destined it is the perfect way to celebrate.

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5.  ANNIVERSARY IS EASY TO REMEMBER:

I mean come on, a two in one anniversary will be so much fun, and your man will be happy it’s a day he can remember.

6.  THREE WORDS: RED VELVET CAKE

A red velvet cake would be the perfect choice for Valentines day! It’s just a plus that is happens to be so delicious!

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7. SICKLY SWEET AND ADORABLE WEDDING FAVORS:

These heart shaped s’more wedding favors are SO cute, and would be perfect for a Valentine’s day wedding!

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8. AMAZING COLOR SCHEME OPTIONS: RED, BLUSH, PINK, GOLD, RUBY, AND ANY OTHER COLOR THAT SCREAMS ROMANCE.

Red, blush and pink are some of the prettiest wedding colors, and would lend to the perfect Valentines day wedding!

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9. YOU CAN PLAY UP YOUR LOVE STORY:

If you feel like your love story is one for the history books then it is perfect for Valentine’s day wedding!

10. MARRYING YOUR SOULMATE IS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO CELEBRATE A DAY DEDICATED TO LOVE:

I really can’t think of any better and more perfect way to spend Valentine’s day than by marrying your soulmate. It doesn’t get perfect than that!

Checkout more on our blogs: Here’s Why New Year’s Eve Wedding is Great For You!

How to Choose Your Wedding Entourage – Same-Sex Wedding

Wedding Entourage – Same-Sex Wedding

Confused or conflicted over who should be part of your wedding entourage of your same-sex wedding? This is a pretty common dilemma. But “like all other wedding challenges for same-sex couples, the way you use the aisle can be a creative opportunity rather than an obstacle. While most traditional people might ask silly questions, you can ask a more meaningful question: What story are you telling — as individuals and as a couple, privately and publicly — by the way you enter the performance of your wedding?” And here’s how to figure it out.

Are there people in your lives who contributed to forging your couplehood? If so, perhaps you want them to walk with you as you enter, or sing as you present yourselves.

You can also buck tradition and enter the ceremony together. Get ahead of short-sighted guests who fear change by making it obvious what is happening and how they should participate. If your entrance tells your story — for example, the two of you entering at the same time via two separate aisles to a pre-recording of the two of you actually narrating your story — no one should be confused about when to stand, or how to react. You are in charge of the storytelling.

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You can have 2 maids of honor or 2 best mans. Be creative. It’s your wedding and you don’t need to follow tradition.

Be stationed at the front when your guests arrive. Or consider borrowing from Jewish wedding traditions, in which both sets of parents walk each spouse down the aisle, presenting them to each other. You can do something similar, choosing whomever you would like to present you to your partner and to your guests, symbolizing independence becoming interdependence and a joining of tribes.”

Finally, once you’ve figured out who will walk the aisle and how, “rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, and as you do, consider if anything feels awkward or uncomfortable about it. If so, make any adjustments you need to make until your arrival feels relaxed, fun, meaningful, exciting, and fun.

Check out more on our blogs: Perfect Guide in Planning a Gay Wedding: Essentials for Gay Weddings

Duties and Responsibilities of the Maid of Honor That You Need to Know

Duties of Maid of Honor

The maid of honor is literally the helper of the bride. The bride is the busiest person in preparing her wedding and on her wedding day, which is why it’s a good idea for maids of honor to know these day-of to-dos.

1. Make sure the bride and bridal party are on track to have their hair and makeup was done in time (and that everyone looks great!).

If you sense that someone’s updo takes a lot of time that drags the event, it’s up to you to speak up and remind the bridesmaids. Let everyone politely know of time constraints and reshuffle the schedule to make the timing work.

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2. Maid of honor must be aware of any rips in the bride’s dress and any veil or train malfunctions throughout the day.

It’s sad, but sometimes true: The beautiful wedding dress that was obsessed over for months and altered to perfection can often end up in a heap on the floor if the bride’s rushing to change into her reception dress or after-party dress.

The maid of honor must carry an emergency kit on hand all the time  —unfortunately, sometimes zippers break, buttons pop and trains rip, so it’s good to have a needle and thread on standby. (Same goes for stain remover if the morning mimosas take a spill on a garment.) Help adjust the bride’s veil and smooth out her train before she goes down the aisle too.

3. Learn how to bustle the bride’s dress.

It doesn’t matter if you learn how to tie or button the bustle during a fitting or the night before the wedding—just make sure you know how to bustle the gown quickly for the wedding day. (It can take a few tries, especially if there are ribbons involved.)

4. Make sure the bride eats and drinks throughout the day.

And if you notice she’s had nothing but champagne at the reception—which happens!—make sure she takes a few sips of water between each one. Make sure the bride takes a moment to eat something — refresh her drink, get her a plate of food from the buffet table, or instruct the wait staff to keep her entree warm.

5. Hand out the bouquets, and be prepared to hold the bride’s bouquet.

Act as the point person for the bouquets and coordinate with the florist to find out when they’ll be delivered, if the bride doesn’t have a wedding planner. Hand out each boutonniere, corsage and bouquet, and make sure bouquets can be stuck in water to look fresh if the ceremony isn’t for awhile. Also, remember to take the bride’s bouquet at the altar, and return it back to her before she walks back down the aisle for the recessional.

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6. Act as a host throughout the day.

Play hostess along with the other bridesmaids at frequent points during the reception: show guests where to sit, direct them to restrooms, tell them to where to put presents, invite them to sign the guest book, etc.

7. Tie up loose ends at the end of the wedding.

Keep an eye on the gift table and card box, and delegate help bringing gifts and cards into a secure room or someone’s car after the party’s over.

8. Take care of the bride’s wedding dress after the reception.

Make her happy in advance by helping her change out of it and hanging it back up in the garment bag, smoothing out any wrinkles and attacking any champagne stains with stain remover from your emergency kit. Bonus points if you hold onto it and deliver it back to her after the honeymoon!

9. Lead the bridesmaid troupe.

It’s the maid/matron of honor’s (MOH) job to direct the other maids through their duties. Make sure everyone gets their bridesmaid dresses, go to dress fittings, and find the right jewelry.

10. Offer to help the bride with prewedding tasks

Addressing invites to choosing the wedding colors and nodding enthusiastically when she waxes poetic about the wedding cake.

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11. Help the bride change for her honeymoon and take charge of her gown after the ceremony.

12. Lend an ear.

Whether it’s about the planning, the marriage, or the registry china patterns, the MOH should assure the bride that she has someone with whom she can share her thoughts. Even if she seems to dwell on the same subjects repeatedly, the MOH keeps listening.

13. Host or co-host a bridal shower for the bride.
14. Keep a record of all the gifts received at various parties and showers (or delegate a bridesmaid to handle this).
15. Plan the bachelorette party with the bridesmaids.
16. See to it that all bridesmaids get to the rehearsal; coordinate transportation and lodging, if necessary.
17. Hold the groom’s ring during the ceremony.

The safest place to put it? On your thumb.

18. Hold the bride’s bouquet while the couple exchanges vow.
19. Sign the marriage license as a witness, along with the best man.
20. Collect any gift envelopes brought to the reception and keep them in a safe place.
21. Keep the bride laughing. For the stressed-out bride, laughter can be as effective as venting. (Optional but this what really friends do all the time)

Checkout more on our blogs: How to Choose your Bridesmaids and your Entire Wedding Party

Same-Sex Marriage: The Vote of Freedom to Love

Australia Legalize Same-sex Marriage

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia. Same-sex marriage in Australia has been legal since 9 December 2017. It was official on January 9, 2018, because of Australia’s one-month notice policy before marriage.The legislation to allow same-sex marriage, the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017, passed the Australian Parliament on 7th December 2017 and received royal assent from the Governor-General the following day after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate. The law came into effect on 9 December, immediately recognising overseas same-sex marriages and allowing weddings in Australia to take place from 16 December 2017.

Other types of recognition for same-sex couples are also available. Under federal law, same-sex couples can also be recognised as de facto relationships, which provide most of the same rights and responsibilities afforded to married couples, although those rights may be difficult to assert and are not always recognised in practice. De Facto [Relationship] is comparable to non-marital relationship contracts (sometimes called “Palimony Agreements”) and certain limited forms of domestic partnership, which are found in many jurisdictions throughout the world.

The move follows a two-month national postal survey that showed 61% of more than 12 million respondents were in favor of marriage equality.

The country is now the 24th in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to Pew Research.

Here at Classic Wedding Invitations, we support same-sex marriage. We offer same-sex wedding invites.

Checkout our blog: Perfect Guide in Planning a Gay Wedding: Essentials for Gay Weddings

What are the Common Wedding Guests Complaints That You Need to Know!

Common Wedding Guests Complaints

There are common wedding guests complaints that you need to consider. Though your wedding is all about you as a couple celebrating your marriage, it is also a celebration you share with your wedding guests: family, friends, and colleagues. Guests may have a bad wedding experience that makes their memory of the event seriously tainted. It’s important to keep your guests comfortable, happy and entertained because although it’s your big day, they’re there to witness it and celebrate it with you.

We all know the saying “You can’t please everyone”! While that may be true, these types of guest criticisms are easily avoided by careful planning — and addressing them now will make everyone’s memories of your wedding day so much nicer.

Here are some wedding guests complaints below.

The music was TOO LOUD!

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Move tables and chairs away from speakers and seat older guests further from the sound equipment.

There are way too long and too many Speeches!

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Keep speeches under five minutes. Ideally, they should last between two and five minutes. Let the toastees know in advance that you don’t want them to stress about writing a novel of a speech, so the cheat sheet version will do just fine. Your DJ can signal a musical cue if it’s time to wrap things up, just like the Oscars.

We didn’t know anyone at our table.

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Take the time to carefully plan your seating arrangement, placing guests at tables with others they know. They don’t have to be fast friends, just acquaintances or people with some kind of connection. Try to seat out-of-town guests, who aren’t likely to know anyone, with others having similar interests.

Invitation confusion

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There is nothing more frustrating than when a guest assumes they’re receiving a plus-one you had no intention of inviting. Don’t dodge the question—it will only make things more awkward. I’d recommend addressing the miscommunication kindly. Please don’t tell someone who thought their children could come that you “can’t have them there because weddings with kids are tacky” (true story). Avoid confusion by writing the names of the guests you want to invite on the response card and having them check off a “will attend” or “will not attend” box.

The bride and groom didn’t stop by to say hello.

Make the rounds of guest tables at your reception, but don’t spend too much time at each. A quick greeting, thank you or compliment will suffice.

The centerpiece was too large.

Your guests couldn’t see or talk to others seated across the table. Smaller, shorter arrangements are best. Your centerpiece shouldn’t be the center of attention (or main topic of conversation) at the table.

The food isn’t great or lack thereof.

Why would you bother spending thousands of your flowers if your food is going to taste just okay? We want a delicious meal way more than we want pretty centerpieces. If it’s not as good as something we’d have at a restaurant, we’re going to be disappointed. Even if the food is tasty, don’t make us go hungry.

No bride wants to give her guests a stomachache—arrange for a food tasting before you carefully plan your menu. Not even spectacular décor can compensate for rubbery chicken or blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shrimp. Ask about food allergies or dietary requirements ahead of time. It’s also important to make sure they don’t run out of food at the cocktail hour. If you’re only having dessert or some light nibbles, that’s fine, but please mention it to your guests (especially if you’re having the party at mealtime).

 I was offended that I had to pay for drinks.

Open bars are the accepted norm. If your budget is tight, offer wine and beer only — or limit drink choices to ‘call’ brands. You can also close the bar during the dinner hour to save on costs. An emerging trend is to create a ‘signature’ drink and offer it along with beer & wine only.

I was never thanked for my gift!

No matter how tempting it is to scrap the thank-you cards (who has the hand stamina for that?) guests WILL notice if you don’t send one. Split the duties with your husband and break it up into manageable chunks so that it doesn’t seem so overwhelming anymore.

Checkout our blog: Is It Okay to Invite your Ex as Your Wedding Guest? Why or Why not?




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