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How to plan a large wedding

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    Planning a large wedding comes with its own set of challenges. With careful consideration and strategic organization, you can smoothly execute a memorable large-scale wedding while minimizing the stress. In this article, we’ll explore several aspects of planning a sizeable wedding, from selecting the right venue to managing guest interactions.

    Make sure your venue will fit all of your guests

    First and foremost, you’ll want to consider the kinds of venues that can comfortably accommodate your large guest list. Ensure that the chosen space not only fits the number of attendees but also provides ample room for movement, dancing and food or beverage service. Venues with spacious reception areas, outdoor options or flexible layouts can be particularly advantageous for larger weddings.

    Create a plan to say, 'Hi' to everyone

    Greeting all your guests at some point during the evening may not seem like a difficult thing to accomplish, but you’d be surprised how challenging it can be when you factor in all the other important aspects of your reception. This may include the father-daughter dance, cutting the cake, toasts with speeches, and of course — photos with a professional photographer. If greeting each guest is a high priority, consider organizing a receiving line to ensure you get to personally connect with everyone at least once.

    Ensure seating arrangements make sense for friends & family

    Seating arrangements play a crucial role in the success of a large wedding. Take the time to organize seating in a way that makes sense for both friends and family. Grouping guests with common interests, ensuring families are seated together, and strategically placing tables to encourage mingling can contribute to a harmonious atmosphere. If you provide name cards or a seating chart, guests easily locate their assigned table, minimizing confusion.

    Plan far in advance

    With a large wedding, planning well in advance is the key to making your celebration seamless and memorable. Securing the ideal venue, coordinating with vendors, and managing logistics for a sizable guest list require time and careful consideration. Start the planning process as early as possible to have a better chance of securing your preferred choices for venues and vendors to make sure that every detail aligns with your vision for the big day. Many wedding planners start at least nine months in advance, if possible.

    Consider a professional planner

    You may want to consider the assistance of a wedding planner who has experience managing large events. Their expertise can streamline the planning process, from coordinating with vendors to executing day-of logistics. In addition, many wedding planners have a network of venues and vendors that they frequently work with and trust to do a great job. In this way, you can focus on enjoying your big day while leaving the details in capable hands.

    Make it personal

    If the bouquet toss or the best-man speech is not your thing, feel free to skip them, or any other tradition that doesn’t add joy to your big day. Maybe you love dancing and want to maximize your time out on the dance floor instead of cutting a cake — you get to choose. Even with a large guest list, there are many ways you can infuse personal touches into the evening that represents you best.

    Embrace technology

    Many couples have found that it’s helpful to leverage technology when it comes to keeping guests informed. It’s helpful to have a way you can efficiently share details. This could include things like the schedule for the wedding weekend, helpful details about travel, or anything that happens to change as the day gets closer. You can do this by creating a wedding website, a social media feed or utilizing digital invitations. Couples also commonly use apps or retail websites to post their registries, making it easy for guests to find the couple’s desired items across various retailers.

    In summary

    Planning a large wedding may present unique challenges, but with thoughtful planning, patience and organization, it can result in a truly unforgettable celebration. Enlisting help from a professional planner or using technology to communicate with your guests can be a game changer, potentially allowing you to enjoy the planning process a bit more. Above all, your wedding day should be a celebration unique to you, whether that means it’s steeped in tradition, or it’s quirky and unconventional. Cheers!

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