We all know it is the smallest details that can leave an impression on your wedding guest. From custom cocktail napkins revealing your clever #hashtag to your attention to floral details, guest love to see what is in store. In my opinion there are certain wedding details that should not be overlooked. There are so many bad list out there telling couples to not splurge on photography, flowers or even planners! (Blasphemy!) Here are my top 5 categories I encourage every couple to reflect on.
#1 Photography~ Repeat after me…. “I will not hire a college student to photograph my wedding. I will not my friend’s, uncle’s, cousin’s second wife to photograph my wedding.” (unless she is Annie Leibovitz) This is your wedding! You do not get a mulligan, so do it right the first time. Wedding Photography is a very skilled profession that should only be left to the professionals! It is much more than someone snapping shots behind a camera. It is the preparation that goes into planning, money spent on proper equipment, hours on hours of editing your wedding photos to perfection. My advice, is to splurge and hire a trusted name, a talented professional and someone you connect with! You will thank me many years from now.
#2 Lighting~ yes lighting! Lighting is a subtle way to bring dramatic impact to any wedding reception. Rather it be romantic chandeliers suspended from the ceiling or soft uplights to accent architecture, lighting redirects guest attention to your favorite details and pulls attention away from those less than desirable fixtures or drapes!
#3 Food ~ We have all been to that wedding where we served “wedding chicken, with wedding potatoes and wedding “seasonal vegetables.” Why do we do this? It makes no sense! While most people would be inclined to say they do not remember what they had to eat at Susie Smith’s wedding five years ago, that is not justification for skimping on your food! I highly doubt they would remember if your bouquet was Ranunculus or Roses. Food is the perfect opportunity to wow your guest! Think outside the box… rather than a traditional sit down dinner with 4 courses, try doing a tapas style dinner with 5 courses! Keep your guest engaged and curious with your dinner. Pick your favorite cuisine and go with a theme! Make it fun not boring!
#4 Special Entertainment~ Surprise your guest when they least expect it! It is very typical to go to a wedding reception and be entertained by a band or a DJ while dancing the night away… but dinner time entertainment now that is an unexpected twist that will put the wow factor into your reception! Maybe you and your fiance secretly love bluegrass music… why not hire a bluegrass band to perform while you dine! Or perhaps your fiance is Greek…eh hem, hire some greek dancers to perform a number or two during your dinner! The sky is the limit, but the idea is fun, exciting and unexpected!
#5 Wedding Planner~ Did you actually think this would not be in the Top 5? Where to begin… when it starts to rain unexpectedly who is going to haul those 200 plus chairs inside, flip your room from ceremony to reception set up in less than an hour, run to the altar when your best man passes out, drive to your house during your reception because you forgot your marriage license, or fix the melting wedding cake? We are not just there in case of crisis, we are there through the whole process. From beginning to end our job never stops because we are there “Team Bride – Team Groom” to make sure that you have a wonderful time planning your wedding to ensure all of your vision comes to life. Our goal is to create a unique event, guide your budget and help you make the best decisions to make your dreams reality.
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