When you first start planning your wedding, it’s so much fun to choose all the colors, the vendors, the cake! There are so many things you can choose from, but the question is should you be choosing it?
After years of coordinating weddings around Southeastern Wisconsin, we have a lot of first-hand experience, and we see all the time and expense bridal couples put into their wedding day. But you might be surprised at what the guests barely notice, and what can end up killing the party.
Let’s first start by saying these are suggestions! What’s unimportant to a guest may be very personal to you and your fiancé. If that’s the case, go for it! But if you’re trying to trim the budget or trim your pre-wedding planning insanity, here are some good places to start.
The wedding program is an excellent way to honor the parents and your bridal party, but it’s probably the first thing that gets discarded by a guest. Consider doing something more interesting like a homemade sign or chalkboard that you can keep that lists out the special people in your wedding. If you do want to do a program, then keep it super simple by printing it yourself and save the money to go towards your invitation suite.
Wedding Favors at the Table
We’ve seen it all…wine stoppers, ice cream scoops, bags of almonds, candles….the list goes on. You might be shocked to hear that at the end of the night, a good portion of these items goes home with the waitstaff. They are often left behind by guests who forgot the item, or who had no way to transport it home because they were traveling. Instead, consider giving the money you would have spent to a charity of your choice and letting the guests know that’s where the funds went. If you want to do wedding favors, edible items such as chocolates are the ones that are rarely left behind.
Having the Guests Choose the Music They Want at Your Wedding Reception
Ah, it seems like such a cute idea! You put a request card in your invite to ask your friends and family to choose songs that they would like to hear at your reception and then give it to your DJ. The problem is, grandma probably isn’t going to be out there grinding to some Cardi B and your fiancé’s family could all be country music fans. A good DJ will read the room and play the songs that not only make people happy, but that keep them on the dance floor. If they’ve got 150 requests to fit into an evening where they can only play 60 songs, people are going to feel slighted, and all they will remember is that their song didn’t get played. What’s most important is the songs that YOU love are played and a nice mix of what the crowd wants. Let the DJ do what they do best, to take requests on-site from your guests, and enjoy your evening without worrying about the playlist.
Wedding planning can be stressful if you stress over every detail! Get in touch with us to let us help you unwind the details that matter. We can help you with every aspect of wedding planning, and we’re always here to answer questions that you have about the best way to have a fantastic wedding day!