13 Wonderful Ways to Welcome Your Wedding Guests


When the countdown comes to an end and your wedding day has officially arrived, it can feel like there’s so much going on. As you’re getting ready, doing your hair and makeup, donning your beautiful dress, and taking photos, it’s important that you’re not distracted by the thought of having to greet all of your guests.

Greeting your guests as they arrive for your wedding is absolutely important, but it can be done in a huge variety of ways that make them feel welcomed and valued, while allowing you to still focus on, well, you! "Welcoming guests to a wedding celebration sets the tone for a warm and comfortable experience and is a perfect way to create an initial connection point," says Aleah and Nick Valley, founders of Valley & Company Events. "Whether you're designating a greeter, staging a full-out festive welcome happy hour before the ceremony begins, or setting up a simple spa water or lemonade station, these touches can help to make an impact."

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Aleah and Nick Valley are the founders of Valley & Company Events, a wedding and event planning company in Seattle, Washington.

No matter the wedding size, whether you’re having 10 guests or 100, greeting your friends and family members is an important part of kicking off the festivities and setting the tone for the big day. "This warm welcome really is setting the bar for how your wedding day can unfold," they add.

From simple to elaborate and entirely celebratory, read on for 13 wedding guest welcome ideas that are sure to please.

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