Attending a wedding before your own?
If you’ve RSVP’d to a wedding (or five!) this Spring or Summer and happen to be planning your own wedding, use these as great opportunities to see what really matters most to the happy couple and to the guests at the event. While you’re sipping wine and enjoying the love-filled evening with your fiance, look for details you may be sweating over that just don’t really matter, and validate some of your thoughts on your own wedding goals. (YES, we need to spend a bit extra on a same day edit!)
We’ve listed a few thoughts and questions to think about at the next wedding you attend.
A unique venue may be worth it if you can save on decorating the space to create your ideal evening ambience. Factors that can help fulfill your wedding vision could be moody dark linens and uplighting or heavenly light linens and twinkle lights. What aspects of a wedding speak to you to set the mood?
Do they list hosts, personal attendants, or other roles on their program? Think of all the volunteers (with fancy titles) it takes to put on a wedding? Do you have enough so you won’t have to worry about any details on your big day?
Are there statement pieces that you notice more than others or decor you barely noticed at all? Perhaps the centerpieces make the difference for you versus a highly-decorated dessert table. Maybe renting/borrowing an item (from someone who just had a wedding perhaps?!) versus creating it on your own is the way to go.
Did they serve their food plated or buffet style? Were there options for those with a gluten free, vegetarian, or paleo diet? Did they offer appetizers or have a static snack or candy table? Typically being a large percentage of the budget, think about if food matters more to you than a decor piece, or second photographer even, or if you’re a foodie who needs it all!
What really made their wedding a blast for you? Maybe an interactive game, photo booth or ice breaker activity had the guests mingling and excited for the evening from the start. Did the DJ get the grandma on the dance floor? There’s no doubt if you’re looking for a party atmosphere, an upbeat DJ, fun activity and great music are perfect ingredients to an entertaining evening.
It doesn’t hurt to do your research at an actual wedding versus wanted to execute on something you see online that a professional might of created. Of course, be realistic about what can be accomplished in time before your wedding date and what can be added into your budget. But there is nothing like a real wedding to spark ideas for your own and remind you the true meaning and purpose of the day!
The most cringe-worthy sentence to any experienced wedding vendor is, “my friend is actually DJing my wedding”. Yikes. When an inexperienced friend DJs your wedding, you’re most likely going to save money, but it could be at the expense of an amazing evening. DJs are the reason wedding receptions sink or swim, and here are a few reasons you should consider a professional DJ..
First off, a DJ is responsible for running the show all night long, including equipment and lighting set-up to the toasts, cake cutting, first dances, etc. Without a professionally trained wedding DJ, you may end up with someone who just enjoys music and is inexperienced in running a wedding. Honestly they may be completely unaware their responsibilities go far beyond just playing great music! Professional wedding DJs know how to run the entire reception smoothly and will make sure the night you planned goes exactly how you envisioned.
Along with running the order of events, a DJ must command a room so all your guests are on the same page in order to keep the night moving the way it was planned. By not knowing how to take control of a wedding reception, a DJ will likely end up shoveling off the responsibility of running things over to the bride and groom. It is, after all, the bride and groom’s reception, and if the DJ who was paid to do it can’t perform, then the pressure is put on the married couple to keep dinner lines, speeches, and first dances moving.
Medical emergencies, power outages, mix ups with wedding vendors, uninvited guests… There still is no way to make wedding days immune to the accidents and craziness life throws at us. An experienced, professional DJ has been through many unfortunate situations and can power through any event with ease. This not only keeps you calm, but most of your guests won’t even notice when you have calm, confident vendors moving things right along.
If you get a bad cake, you have a bad cake, but if you get a bad wedding DJ, you have a bad reception. It’s well worth the money to get a good DJ, and make sure your wedding reception is the best you could imagine it to be!
Get more info on the COMPLETE weddings + events DJ team, and see if we’re available for your big day here!
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Maybe it’s completely wrong to you to have anything but a wedding cake for dessert!? It’s a long-standing tradition along with the cutting of the cake, but as couples continue to customize their weddings, foregoing certain traditions is quite common. If you’re looking to do something different and memorable
(and cake just isn’t your thing), we’ve compiled desserts options to try at your own wedding, birthday or event!
These sweets could even be in addition to your cake if you’re wanting to provide another option for you guests! The only reasonable thing left to do next is continue on your research, and taste test some of these yummy treats!