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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We started my Birthday celebrations a week early in Paris this year (meaning I totally had a birthday week) It made sense to stop off in Paris on our way home from Vietnam rather than coming home for a week only to fly out again... especially after being away from home for so long already
When my husband asked me where id like to go for my Birthday without hesitation I said Paris. Id been craving my Paris fix for a while now (we try too visit every year) and its still my favorite city in the whole world (read my other posts about Paris here and here)
We started the celebrations at my Favorite hotel The plaza athenee. The restaurant here is quite simply (in my opinion, and i'm sure many others) the most beautiful in Paris. We visited a few times for breakfast, lunch and dinner and it absolutely is the most amazing experience.
Breakfast here is the ultimate fabulous treat. Its like eating breakfast on a sumptuous fluffy sparkly cloud, while angels pour you coffee. No exaggeration.
Now lets talk about petit dejunner. You are presented with the most decadent cake stand filled with pastries so incredible they come with their own little booklet.
Whilst they were all beyond epic, my absolute favorite was the kouglof, an alsacian specialty. The most moist brioche iv ever tasted, with an amazing blossom scent.
And than there was the pain perdu. I have literally never tasted french toast like this. It was soft, fluffy and moist and melted in the mouth.
Iv said before, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day despite the fact that I rarely eat it. But when I do, I do it right.
Its quite simply the most fabulous breakfast in Paris. Plaza athenee i'll be back soon
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.
A Travel, Beauty and Lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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