Wedding Hospitality Tips to Make Your Guests Feel at Home

Wedding day hospitality is a top priority for us at The Wilds. At our five-star venue in Brown County, Indiana, we know that our couples want to give their wedding guests an unforgettable experience. Our in-house amenities are extensive, but we wanted to share some of our favorite ideas to go above and beyond to make your guests feel at home during your wedding. Here are some of our favorite ways that you can make sure that your guests feel at home during your celebration:

Wedding Guest Hospitality Tips | The Wilds Venue
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Provide refreshments throughout the day

Wedding days can be long celebrations, and one way to make your guests feel welcome is to provide food and drink as soon as they arrive. These simple touches of wedding hospitality can introduce your guests to the tone of the day while ensuring their comfort and enjoyment.

Sipping options such as a cocktail and a non-alcoholic beverage option for the ceremony are a wonderful start. Easy and elegant appetizers throughout the cocktail hour will also stave off impatience for the reception to begin. Heartier appetizers help the most, so make sure that these treats are tasty as well as a bit filling.

For the dancing machines, consider another appetizer round late in the reception or a food-favor for the late-night snack urges. Sustaining your guests can be the key to maintaining an energetic celebration.

Wedding Guest Hospitality Tips | The Wilds Venue
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Wedding Guest Hospitality Tips | The Wilds Venue
Images by Stephanie Axtell

Gift your guests welcome bags

Are your guests traveling in from afar? If so, welcoming gift bags can be a wonderful touch. Arranging to have these delivered to their Bloomington or Brown County accommodations can be the invitation to sit back and relax that they need.

A bottle of local wine with a beautiful schedule of wedding events is a great base. Along with that, practical items such as bottled water, Tylenol, your favorite local coffee, and some snacks can be included. This makes their stay warm and comfortable beyond the moments at the actual celebration.

We love the idea of delivering this in a customized tote. This creates a memorable and practical favor that your guests can use beyond the wedding day! If a new family crest is a part of your wedding design, have this incorporated at a subtle scale for an elegant touch.

Wedding Guest Hospitality Tips | The Wilds Venue
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Weather accommodation must-haves for your wedding guests

Here at The Wilds, we have accommodations for any weather scenario. But beyond convenient multi-seasonal accommodations, some items are great to have on hand for more extreme weather seasons.

During the warmer months, wedding guests benefit from ways to beat the heat. We love customized fans, creating an elegant favor or customized to include your ceremony program. Sunscreen is also a thoughtful touch of wedding hospitality, ensuring the comfort and health of your guests even on sunny days.

Then for the colder months, we love a shawl or blanket station. Helping guests to cozy up during outdoor ceremonies keeps your guests happy and makes for very romantic imagery. You can find blankets and many other decor rentals that are included at The Wilds HERE.

Wedding Guest Hospitality Tips | The Wilds Venue
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Communication is key to Wedding hospitality

No one likes guesswork when it’s time to celebrate, so make sure that your guests have all of their details before they need to ask.

Consider the addition of a details card to your invitations. On these, you can include any additional dinners or parties, local accommodation options, and any additional wedding-day details. If you are creating a wedding website, these details can also be included for easy mobile access. Consider adding details such as local sites to see or your favorite date locations in the area for out-of-town guests.

Day-of programs for your wedding guests are also a great idea. From there, our team at The Wilds is ready to welcome and direct your guests. We are happy to help you keep your guests flowing through the party, so no detail is forgotten, and your family and friends are free to celebrate!

Wedding Guest Hospitality Tips | The Wilds Venue
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The sky is the limit for hospitality at The Wilds

Our pride and joy are helping you to spoil your guests on your wedding day. Whatever you dream up, we are excited to make it happen for your guests!

To start planning unique ways to treat your wedding guests, contact us today. Our top-rated team of wedding professionals is ready to help you build the day of your dreams.

Looking for more tips to have your dream wedding at The Wilds? Check out these additional posts full of incredible ideas from real weddings:

Looking for an authentic, memorable wedding venue in Southern Indiana that perfectly defines your unique personality and style? Then you are in the right place! You are wildly original. Your wedding should be no less. Please contact us today to learn more or book a tour of Indiana’s most sought after wedding and event venue, The Wilds!

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