We were shuttled through vineyard country and on long, windy roads to get to the venue of one of my favorite weddings. This time I was a guest. When we arrived, we were invited onto a long pathway covered in greenery in addition to the fir trees that filled the air above us. There were glasses of juice to greet us as we admired the setting and flowers and chose our seats. During cocktail hour, in addition to hors d’oevres, signature drinks and a small pond to walk around, the bride and groom had put together posters with different statistics of the wedding planning process (they were both in the science/medicine field). They had a map of where invitations were sent and a graph of how close to the wedding each guest sent their RSVP in correlation with their age, and we spent time delighted at where we fell in the graphs while getting to know a little about the couple’s planning process, how they brought their fields of study into regular life, where most of their friends were, and how different generations responded to the request to RSVP. After dinner and during the dancing portion of the night, an enormous platter piled with different cheeses and crackers was brought out. When it was finally time to go, I left feeling loved, well taken care of, full of food, and inspired about life, love, and relationships.
If this feels overwhelming at all, here’s how I break down and anticipate the needs of guests in 3 simple steps when I’m planning a wedding:
One of the hardest things on the wedding day is that everyone you love most in the world is there. And there are too many for you to really spend one on one time with. But here are some ways that you can authentically connect with each one of your guests.
When taking all of this into account, your guests will leave a little changed for the better. But it does take a heck of a lot of strategic planning to pull this off. That’s totally my thing. To see if we would be a good fit or if you’d like some direction, contact me here.
Emma Natter is a business coach and writer. Her work intersects entrepreneurial strategies with the creative process so career hopefuls can find success, impact, fulfillment, and confidence in going their own way.
I’m Emma Natter, a path-to-success paver and art-trained business coach who first shattered her own career expectations by selling out of handmade styling goods from her little NYC apartment. Now as a strategist to thousands of creatives, I teach you to harness your passion so you can do the same.
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