Even though it may seem like something that you only see in the movies, wedding crashers are real and couples do see them from time to time. There are some people who may walk into a wedding by mistake, simply because there are multiple events that are all going on at one time. Then, you have the wedding crashers that come in on purpose and you need to be able to ward them off using the right methods.
As a host, there are several things that you should be looking for and doing to make sure that you can keep these wedding crashers away. These are three great tips that can help you out over the long run:
CLEARLY MARKED SIGNS
You need to make sure that you set up signs for your wedding and reception. It is impossible to expect that everyone is going to know where they need to go without proper signage. Be clear with your writing about where to go and the name of the couple in the wedding party. Most reception halls will offer a sign that you can use to direct your guests. However, it may be necessary to also have another sign that you can place by the road entrance to the reception site so that you can give your guests an initial heads up on where they need to turn.
When you are planning your wedding, you can choose a venue that is only going to be hosting one event at a time. Talk to the people at the venue about how they go about manning each event prior to signing your contract. Do they have staffing or security that is able to greet guests as they are coming in? This is a good way to make sure that you are able to head off wedding crashers from the start, even if they are accidentally crashing the wedding.
HIRING YOUR OWN GUARDS
Another option that you can go with is hiring someone to work the door. This is something that you will often see at celebrity weddings, however, it is a nice way for you to make sure that nobody is able to come to your event that is not welcomed.
Keep in mind that it is going to be rare to have a lot of wedding crashers that you will need to deal with. If you are unable to afford a guard for your front door, you can do your best to make due with the right signs to ward off any accidental stragglers into your wedding.
It is also a good idea to think about the venue that you are interested in and try to determine in advance how people may try to get in for your reception. You can build up a plan ahead of time to make sure that you do all that you can to keep people out and work with the staff at the reception hall or wedding venue just to make sure that everyone is on the same page as you. The more diligent you are, the easier it will be for you to be able to keep wedding crashers away.
This is a guest post from Mark Wilcox at www.weddingintro.com