5 things that will ruin your Wedding reception
Weddings are a one-time event. You get one shot to get it right. One. Most Brides and Grooms will spend near $30,000 on their weddings. Taking the risk of wasting $30,000 is huge. It’s important to me to share ways that can help you avoid this. Here are the 5 things that are most likely to impact your wedding reception in a negative way (so make sure you don’t do them):
1.) Having a DJ that doesn’t really do weddings (ex: works in clubs, bars, social gatherings, etc.). For weddings with over 50 guests, that have food and dancing, it is essential to have a knowledgeable DJ. He will be your master of ceremonies; announcing he buffet opening, directing your guests attention for toasts/cake cutting, etc. and most importantly for setting the tone for your reception. Timing the music well is an art. A good DJ knows to play low-key music during dinner, faster dance music later on and hold the booty-shaking jams until after the grandparents and older guest have left.
2.) Not hiring your photographer for the entire wedding day. Some photographers offer packages of 6, 7 or 8 hours of coverage for the wedding; they show up, take pictures and leave when that time period ends. While this may seem like a good way to save a few bucks, it is a bad idea. What often happens if the photographer leaves before the formal departure (typically a couple of hours before), is that all of the memorable shots (cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc.) is pushed forward in your timeline. As a result, guests either get bored and leave or feel like all of the important stuff had happened and leave. You do not want this to happen. Having the photographer on-site for the entire time of the event allows things to unfold casually and keeps your guests engaged and there.
3.) Using an inexperienced caterer. While it is obvious that the quality of food serve at your wedding is important one not so obvious detail is how crucial it is to hire a caterer that had done many weddings. Mainly, this is important for estimating the correct amount of food and not running out as well as understanding logistics. Timing is a big part of making a wedding flow well, caterers that have lots of experience know how much time it will take their staff to set-up, prep the food and clean up. Caterers without wedding experience, are likely to be running behind and cause your timeline to lag.
4.) Not providing alcohol of any kind to your guests. Whether you drink alcohol or not, it is good manner to provide beverage options for your guests. If you were having someone over to your home and you knew that they enjoyed wine or beer would you offer them a drink? Probably so. On the occasions that I have done dry weddings, they inevitably end early… meaning that the majority of the guests leave before the bride and groom, resulting in little to nobody being there to dance, party or see the bride and groom off. This tends to be less important for daytime or morning weddings, but will make some impact regardless.
5.) Misuse of Wedding funds. A solid wedding budget is pretty straight forward and easily found online or in wedding magazines. When the money you have is not spent in a manner that is well thought out, it compromises the quality of your event. For example: it does not make sense to spend 30% of your budget on venue rental, this leaves very little money to work with for food, beverage, décor and other essentials. Your guests will not remember how wonderful your $300 centerpieces were if they did not have anywhere to sit during dinner (because you skimped on table and chair rentals to save money).
The good news is that all of these potential problems are easily avoidable. Hiring a wedding planner is a great way to get guidance on all of these details so that problems are prevented up front. A wedding planner can also help you get the most for your money; as they often get better deals from vendors, can give you recommendations of more cost effective options, and help you prioritize how you spend the money you have.