What Guests Don’t Care About at A Wedding

Authored by: Rinette Emerson
January 17, 2018

Most couples know that planning a wedding can be stressful…and will be expensive. Based on our experience over the past 11 years and thousands of weddings, listed below are some things that you may choose to eliminate from your wedding that will reduce the stress, save you money and the best part …your guests won’t notice.

  • Invitations: Don’t spend a lot of time or money here as most invitations are discarded as soon as the Reply envelope is mailed. There are many retailers (Shutterfly, Etsy, Vistaprint or Walmart) that offer a wide variety of wedding invitations that can be downloaded at a flat fee and printed as needed.
  • Programs: Are usually left on the seats following the ceremony and discarded before the first dance. Wooden signs or chalkboards highlighting the events of the day and circulated around the reception area will do the trick.
  • Linens: Specialty linens can get quite costly to rent, and most guests don’t even notice the color or texture of the tablecloths. So, if they are clean save some money and the stress of choosing “the perfect linen” and go with something simple that blends with your décor.
  • Cake: An elaborate wedding cake is expensive. However, that doesn’t guarantee that it will taste as good as it looks, or that your guests will even enjoy your dream cake. So, consider a cake from the local grocery store or offer a dessert bar stocked with a variety of cupcakes, cookies or candies. Your guests may be even more pleased because of the variety.
  • Flowers: In most cases, floral arrangements are a welcome addition to any wedding venue. Decorate the high-impact areas like your aisle and front, since these are going to draw the most attention from both guests and the photographer. However, but don’t let the floral arrangements on the side table consume most of your décor budget. So, rather than spend a fortune and time on designer flowers, visit your local farmer’s market, florist, Costco or grocery store.
  • “The” Dress: I have listed this lower on the totem pole, because I know I’m going to receive some blow-back here. I’m not saying that your guests don’t care how you look walking down the aisle, but if you’re comfortable and the dress fits your personality and you feel like the beautiful person you are, your guests won’t be thinking about the designer or couture of the dress. You might even consider renting your perfect dress from one of the many storefront and online retailers.

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About the Author: Rinette Emerson

Prior to Enduring Promises, Rinette worked with clients on strategic communications, online development programs, corporate branding and helping clients “get found” online. After officiating her first wedding, many years ago, Rinette was hooked – and now she is a sought-after wedding Officiant. A little-known fact about Rinette…she is an amazing artist and loves milk chocolate!

Author Website: https://www.enduringpromises.com

Amateur or a Professional DJ – Who You Gonna’ Call?

Authored by: Chris Perkins
December 24, 2017

Due to advancements in technology, apps and DJ software, nearly anyone can call themselves a professional DJ. But do you want just anyone spinning the tunes at your wedding? So, if you’re wondering if you should hire a professional DJ or settle for Spotify or a Craigslist enthusiast, consider the following:

1) You can count on a professional wedding DJ to be just that – professional. Be assured that they’ll dress appropriately, interact with you and your guests in a prompt, courteous and professional manner and won’t “take over the room”. A professional wedding DJ will have plans in place, even if an emergency arises, and won’t let you down on your Special Day.

2) A professional DJ has a virtually unlimited number of great tunes that will appeal to any diverse or eclectic group. More importantly, a professional wedding DJ has the experience to know when changes need to be made to make sure everyone is having a great time.

3) An experienced DJ, will have a quality sound system, with backup equipment just in case, to ensure that your music sounds just as you had hoped.

4) The person you choose and trust to select the music on your wedding day will have an enormous impact on your celebration. Over the years we have found that most guests don’t notice the flowers or remember the gold-leafed invitations. They do however, remember how much they danced and how much they enjoyed your reception.

5) Over their career, a professional wedding DJ will have garnered online reviews and a solid reputation. So, take the time to search out what couples have said about using the services of a professional DJ versus asking your uncle to handle the responsibility of creating the musical experience for your guests.

6) A professional wedding DJ will also keep your celebration flowing. They’ll make announcements, get your guest on the dance floor – keep them there.

However, if your budget is limited, make sure that your friend or “Craigslist amateur” offers some feedback and suggestions, sets up and tests the (rented?) equipment well before the start of your celebration. You just might find that the price difference isn’t worth the risk of having an empty dance floor or music that doesn’t reflect your personalities or vision you have for your reception.

On the surface, it may seem like a DJ is just a DJ. We have seen over the years however, that hiring a DJ for less, almost always means getting less – and a DJ for less is probably less of a DJ.

We post new content regularly that will help you create your perfect, hopefully stress-free, engaging wedding ceremony. Follow our Blog for additional wedding ideas and we’ll catch up with you next time.

About the Author: Chris Perkins

Chris manages Maximum Music’s social communities and platforms. When not following the latest wedding music trends, Chris enjoys spending time with his dog Honey and following the Raptors…and of course Chris is a music fanatic.

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