Although a wedding should first and foremost be about your union together as a couple, it goes without saying that having a wedding definitely involves playing host. 

If you’re lost on who does what and what you’re required to do on your big day, we’ve gathered up the top tips to make sure your wedding day runs smoothly.

If Not Everyone Will Be Receiving a Plus-One…

This is a tricky situation – and one in which you’ll have to be very specific. Decide where you draw the line – for example, only married or engaged couples can bring a date – and stick to it no matter what. 

If you don’t want to abide by a strict rule like above, you should try to make sure that your invitations are addressed very clear. For anyone invited with a guest, be sure to put the guest and their date’s name on the invitation. 

For a guest who is invited alone, just put their name on the envelope. 

If you’re worried about the backlash from this, be very upfront with your friends. Let them know your reason for not offering plus-ones – perhaps the venue doesn’t have the space, or maybe it’s not in your budget – and leave it at that.

If You’re Taking Photos After The Ceremony…

If you are reserving some photos to be taken after the ceremony, it’s become appropriate to hold a cocktail hour. Enlist your wedding planner or photographer to keep track of the time. After 30 – 45 minutes, your guests are going to be ready for something heavier than hors d’oeuvres, and it’s time for you to join the party.

If You Don’t Want a Wedding Party…

If you don’t want a wedding party, then by all means, skip this tradition. Wedding parties often bring up unnecessary drama from having to pick and choose buddies. 

Just remember that you will have to have two witnesses for your marriage license, so be sure to give two guests a heads up that they have an important job to do after the recession.

If You Were Invited to a Friend’s Wedding But Don’t Want to Invite Them to Yours…

It’s inevitable that you may ruffle some feathers during your wedding planning – and not reciprocating an invite may be a time you do just that. If you’ve fallen out of touch since the wedding, don’t worry too much about it.

If You Aren’t Sure Whether or Not to Invite The Wedding Party’s Dates to the Rehearsal Dinner…

Rehearsal dinners are usually reserved for close family plus the wedding party. If you don’t know the wedding party’s date personally, you don’t have to invite them, unless you have the extra space at the table.

Planning a wedding is a tumultuous, exciting time. If you are looking for a unique wedding venue with historical charm, Greenwood Springs Event Center in Joplin, MO may be the perfect location to celebrate your special event. Please call us at (417) 825-1334 or visit to learn more.