When you're planning a wedding on a small budget, so many little things have to go by the wayside, mainly guests. But, there's a way around this, for those that you can't justify coming for the whole day, you can just invite them to the evening bit. And for many, this is really where the wedding gets going! After all, this is when the father of the bride let his hair down and really shakes his money maker on the dance floor, and the alcohol has loosened a few lips (in more ways than one)! But what can you do to ensure that you've got an evening party that caters for everyone?
Making Your Evening Guests Feel Welcome
The evening guests can feel like a bit of an afterthought, so it's important to get them up to speed by providing the drinks, and maybe a buffet, so they can fill their boots! Also, remember to have a collection of favors for them as well. Just because they are only coming to the evening, they still want to be a part of your big day, and they've made the effort for you.
Save Some Of The Special Bits Of The Day For The Evening
Traditionally, the first dance doesn't happen until the evening, but if you've got a tight schedule, and it was originally planned to be early on in the day, you can't let your evening guests feel left out. Because if this is the case, then they will feel like they're turning up to a party, rather than a special day. The same goes with the cutting of the cake as some couples do it before they sit down for dinner, but if you've got a lot of people turning up for the evening, it's better for you to save it until everybody can see.
Keep Everyone Fed
Arguably, the most important part of the evening! You need to remember that those who have come for the evening may not have had a meal earlier on in the day. At the same time, you have to ensure that the guests that have been with you all day are well fed as well! It's a very difficult balance to tread, especially if the wedding meal was massive in the first place! A buffet or a roast can keep all guests happy and within budget!
Don't Forget The Kids!
We can underestimate keeping children entertained, and while there are so many unique wedding entertainment ideas for your big day, if you've got children running around, you may want to consider a children's entertainer, or some form of evening childcare so the parents can let their hair down without having to keep one eye on the kids at all times.
While the most important part of the day occurs early on you still need to make sure the whole day is special for everyone, regardless of the time they turn up. The evening party can lag because people are tired, but on the other hand, this could be where people start to find their feet! Make it count!
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Your wedding is certainly an important time in your life, but it’s also one that can soon spiral out of control cost wise if you’re not careful. Weddings are now a multi-billion (and growing) per year industry just in the US alone, so you can probably not even begin to imagine just how much they’re costing on a global scale.
That being said, there are plenty of ways to have a great wedding and not have to go massively over budget. In fact, you can still have the wedding you dreamt of without having to sacrifice and without having to go bankrupt or re-mortgage your home just to have the wedding you want, so in this post we’re going to share with you how to do just that.
Cut the guest list:
When it comes to weddings, the food and catering is usually one of the biggest costs, so it makes sense that in order to keep those costs as low as possible that you get a bit conservative with your guest list. This certainly doesn’t mean that you have to give up on inviting people that you really want to have at your wedding, but it’s just about not allowing yourself to be backed into a corner and having to pay for meals for people who you don’t even know or distant relatives who you haven’t seen since you were a baby.
Family members can start behaving especially weird when it comes to weddings and start thinking that they have a say in who gets invited, when really they don’t, and if they get offended then so be it, because you shouldn’t have to bend over backwards to please others or give into their demands on your special day.
Call in favors:
If you’re getting married and you’re looking for some ways to not pay crazy amounts for things like your wedding cake and even the decor, then maybe now is a good time to consider who you know that could possibly help you out. This isn’t asking anyone to work for free - you should never do that, but if you know someone for example, who can get a special deal on things like wholesale tablecloths from Richard Haworth because they have a contact there, or someone who’s just starting their cake design business, then you could reach out to see if they’d consider working on your wedding and maybe offering you a special deal. It’s a win-win situation, because you’re getting a good deal from someone you trust, are getting quality work, and they’re going to get more exposure.
Wedding clothing such as dresses, accessories and suits are also one of the biggest costs that couples end up paying for, and they really can be quite crazy when you think of the fact that you’re only wearing them for a few hours, so it’s always a good idea to consider buying second hand outfits that you’ll get for a fraction of the price, but that are still great quality.
Attending the wedding of a loved one is a privilege. However, that doesn't mean that it’s always a pleasure. Although your wedding day should be about you and your partner, you’re going to want your guests to have a great time too. After all, if your nearest and dearest aren’t happy, it’s going to be tough for you to be. Plus, no couple wants to see their guests yawning and checking their watches every few minutes. Here are six ways to make sure that your wedding isn't boring.
Make Time For Introductions
A wedding means the coming together of two families and several sets of friends. While this has the potential to be quite fun, it won’t be if everyone stands around all night barely speaking to one another. To get the awkwardness out of the way, you should invite guests to a welcome party or rehearsal dinner before the big day. This will break the ice and allow you to make introductions.
Stick To Your Schedule
Although none of us want to admit it, there is a chance that something will go wrong on your wedding day. That being said, wherever possible, you should try to stick to your schedule. This way, you won’t have guests stood around with nothing to do. If you have activities that don’t involve all of your guests, like photographs, then plan something to occupy everyone else.
Plan The Seating Carefully
There’s nothing worse than being the only guest at the table that knows none of the others, especially when you can see your group of friends laughing it up only a few tables away. While it can be fun to mix up the groups a little, it can also backfire massively, leaving everyone uncomfortable. To be safe, make sure you seat your guests with people they like and get on with.
Keep The Toasts Short
It’s lovely to hear well wishes and words of encouragement on your wedding day, but you don’t need to sit through hours of them. Unless your friends and family are all stand-up comedians, toasts can quickly go from touching to excruciatingly boring. Because of this, you should limit the number of toasts you allow to only a few guests. You should also keep them quite short.
Offer Plenty Of Entertainment
Expectations for entertainment are always quite high for weddings, even those that are quite simple. Because of this, you’ll want to put some thought into planning activities that will truly wow your guests. From a magician to a photo booth, there are plenty of ideas for you to consider. You’ll also need music to dance to, so ensure you take your time hunting for the perfect band.
Get Guests Home Safely
One thing always guaranteed to liven up a party is alcohol. Unfortunately, if your guests have to make their own way home, they may not be able to have the drink or two that they want. With that in mind, you should arrange taxis, cars, or a shuttle service for your friends and family. You could even book hotel rooms at your venue. This way, guests needn’t worry about getting home.
No one wants a boring wedding, so make sure that yours is fun by following the tips above.
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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