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Small Touches That Increase Your Wedding Guest Experience

Hi there, Lovebirds!

Pretty much all of our couples place a high value on their guests’ experience at their wedding day. And we get it, you want to make sure your guests are having the time of their life at your wedding (#bestweddingever!). Over the years of designing and implementing legendary celebrations, we’ve discovered a few small things that make a big difference in your guests’ experience. From providing entertainment on wedding transportation to keeping everyone comfortable as the night progresses, today we are sharing with you some of our best tips to optimize your guests’ comfort!

Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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1. Provide refreshments and entertainment on the way to the wedding.

What better way to kick off your big day festivities than by giving your guests a great experience from the very start?! By offering drinks and light bites on the ride to the ceremony, your friends and family will be well fed and comfortable. Also, if the venue is located a little further away, consider crafting a custom playlist or streaming a fun film! Does anyone remember the Friends episode where Monica and Chandler get married?

Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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2. Fill your amenities baskets with all the essentials.

Nothing kills the party mood more than a headache. Keep your guests looking and feeling their best until the last dance by creating bathroom baskets that anticipate all your guests’ needs. Amongst others, this may include Advil, mouthwash, breath mints, Band-Aids, tampons, safety pins, hairspray, hand lotion, and a lint roller. They will surely thank you later!

Increase Wedding Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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3. Take weather conditions into account.

As spring and summer approach, it is important to prepare for warm outdoor weddings. Consider offering guests parasols, fans, or sunscreen as they enter the ceremony area. If pesky mosquitoes could bother your guests, keep bug repellent available. By preparing in advance, you will ensure comfortable, happy guests.

Increase Wedding Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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Increase Wedding Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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4. Pass the drinks!

Waiting in line for the first round of drinks slows down the start of your cocktail hour. Help guests avoid the long line at the bar by passing drinks! Particularly for larger weddings, we recommend having drinks poured and ready to be distributed immediately following the ceremony. This will not only impress your guests but will get the party started right away!

Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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5. Have a stationary food and drink option at cocktail hour.

Following the ceremony, guests are often ready to munch. In addition to having servers passing trays of appetizers, a self-serve food station gives guests the option to simply grab a quick bite as they socialize. They can also help themselves to a beverage, as opposed to waiting in line at the bar.

Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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6. Give your guests the tools to keep dancing all night!

You’ve heard the phrase “happy wife, happy life.” If we were to add one thing to that, it would be “happy feet!” Have a supply of flip flops handy for the ladies who may be regretting their shoe choice. Or, if grass is a concern for heels, provide heel savers. As the night cools down, offer pashminas or blankets. Keeping your guests comfortable and warm will encourage them to stay through the last dance!

Increase Wedding Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

Photo Credit: Birds of a Feather (Left) Birds of a Feather (Right)

Guest Comfort | Marisa Nicole Events

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Optimizing your guests’ experience is all about thinking ahead. Be familiar with your venue and the expected weather. Anticipate potential concerns and address them in advance. By doing this, you will keep your guests happy and yourself worry-free on your big day!

A French-Inspired Garden Affair: Christine and Charles Married!

Happy Wedding Wednesday, Lovebirds!

Today, we are thrilled to share another gorgeous celebration of love! Christine and Charles’ big day was dreamy and romantic. We feel so honored to have had this wedding featured on both Style Me Pretty and Ruffled! Working with this couple to bring their French-inspired garden wedding to life was our pleasure, and the result was one beautiful celebration!

French-Inspired Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

Christine and Charles wed at Catalina View Gardens in Palos Verdes, CA. With a breathtaking coastal bluff view of Catalina Island, this vineyard venue offered a serene setting to exchange vows. Our color story included varying sage greens, champagne, creamy whites, and blush-tones, accented by subtle medium blue and metallic touches. Bridesmaids wore various champagne-colored dresses with simple draping and beading. The groomsmen stuck to a classic black tuxedo, contributing to the overall look of polished elegance.

French-Inspired Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

The florals were pure perfection! The mix of blush, ivory, and dusty rose blooms combined for a soft, organic look. The spectacular arbor framing the ceremony site was intricately crafted with greenery and lush cream and blush peonies, gardenias, dahlias, and garden roses. These florals were mirrored in the personal bouquets of the bridal party. The blooms complemented Christine’s appliqué gown, which incorporated delicate florals. The aisle was lined with flowy ground arrangements, creating an element of movement.

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

French-Inspired Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

Guests arrived to a welcome table placed in front of the vineyards. Here, the couple gave out mini bottles of champagne  for friends and family to enjoy. You can’t go wrong with some bubbly! The mirror-art welcome sign, acrylic card box, and mixed metallic picture frames further enhanced the feel of elegance.

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

French-Inspired Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

The couple included their beloved 10 year old pup, Nori, in the ceremony. His unexpected appearance created a fun surprise for all guests!

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

For cocktail hour, Made by Meg set up an epic charcuterie board. Overlooking the vineyard backdrop, we couldn’t imagine a treat more perfect – or delicious! It incorporated another element of French-inspiration into the day. The wooden boxes and boards were stacked in an asymmetrical fashion and topped with eucalyptus garland.

French-Inspired Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

We brought in ivory and gold-detailed arm chairs, couches, and a coffee table to create a relaxing lounge area. Next to this, we used a large mirror to direct guests to their proper dinner table. At both installments, we incorporated greenery, candles, and a few delicate florals – did we say easy elegance?!

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

For the reception, we utilized a mix of round and long rectangular tables. For the round tables, we used blush linens, along with mixed floral arrangements. In contrast, we left the wood exposed on the rectangular tables and draped eucalyptus garland with scattered florals down the length of the table. The tables were covered with candles galore, and hanging string lights created a glowing atmosphere. Each table setting was clean and simple. The clear glassware and ivory draped napkin were accented by the metallic touches of the gold-rimmed charger and gold flatware. The contrasting tablescapes were tied together by simple oak chairs with ivory cushions.

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

At the front of the reception space, we set up a sweethearts’ table for Christine and Charles. This intimate table-for-two was covered in blooms and a flowing light blue table runner, which matched the light blue-padded armchairs. Candles placed on the ground in front of the table added to the warm, glowing mood of romance.

French-Inspired Garden Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

As the sun set, Christine and Charles, along with their friends and family, danced the night away. Desserts included a simple white cake, small fruit tarts, layered mousse cups, as well as macaroons arranged in the cutest towers. Guest also savored donuts, freshly fried on-site!

French-Inspired Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

French-Inspired Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

Christine and Charles’ big day was a dream from start to finish. From the ceremony florals, to the mirror art, to the breathtaking tablescapes, each element was purposeful in creating a romantic and elegant French garden party. We feel so lucky to have been a part of the start of their journey, and appreciate how sweet and thoughtful they were throughout the process! We send you all our love, and wish you the best!

French-Inspired Affair | Marisa Nicole Events

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