#13: Make the most of your guests

Even the cake was in tiers is our series tips for weddings. The title comes from an overused and not so funny wedding speech joke, "It's been an emotional day...". What advice did you wish someone had told you before your wedding? We're collating all the etiquette and expertise here.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of our wedding was having all the people we loved gathering together in one place. That's where this tip comes from. Often loads of your favourite people will travel miles to be with you on a day when you'll largely be quite busy trying to see so many people that you don't get to properly hang out with any of them. 

So I'd say try and plan in times to hang out in the days around the wedding. Get people together to help do any last minute Order of Service folding, or setting up decorations at the reception. They'll love being involved

It might take some planning to be ready enough to be able to stop for the evening before the wedding, but a rehearsal meal type gathering is a good time to enjoy the company of great friends instead of rushing around stressing. Let them tell you how excited they are.

And the morning after the wedding getting together for a late breakfast is great fun. Inspect each others dancing blisters and share the stories from the day before.