Things You Can Learn From “Four Weddings” To Make Your Wedding Day Memorable
Things You Can Learn From “Four Weddings”: Have you ever watched that reality TV show called “Four Weddings” on TLC? If you watch enough of them, you really can get a sense of what is important and what is not at a wedding. Having a bigger budget is not always the way to guarantee a bride wins the honeymoon. Spending your wedding budget wisely and paying attention to the flow of the day is really what makes a wedding GREAT.
Here are some of my observations from watching this wedding TV show.
- Make sure everyone can hear you exchange your vows- watch out for distracting surroundings and have someone professionally microphone the ceremony.
- Keep it short – but not too short (15-30 minutes)
- Make it personal – no one wants to hear a generic exchange of “I Do’s”
- Be on time. If you are late starting the ceremony – it will impact your entire day’s plans.
- Dress up your ceremony site – give it that “wow” factor
- Having your ceremony outside? Have backup plans in case of bad weather. Do not chance it – if there is a chance of rain – just fall back to your rain plans. The same goes for high temperatures, low temperatures, extreme humidity and wind. Do not chance it. Plan around it.
- No one likes random people watching the ceremony- keep it private
COCKTAILS – Things You Can Learn From “Four Weddings”
The Cocktail Hour:
- People love a change in scenery between the ceremony, cocktails and dinner.
- Make sure you have enough space – do not overcrowd your guests.
- Give your guests places to sit and relax
- Verify that there will be enough bartenders on duty. (1 for every 50 guests)
- Keep it upbeat and entertaining – set the tone for the rest of the event during your cocktail hour.
- Food. Food. Food. Make sure there is enough for your guests and give them more choice than just cheese and crackers
The Venue and Meal:
- Give your guests options for meal choice.
- Most people hate buffet lines – but “station meals” are OK
- Do not drag out the meal and bore your guests.
- Keep toasts SHORT as to not impact dancing time. Try to have them completed by end of dinner.
- Older guests can be volume conscious – keep volume appropriate so people can talk and mingle.
- Air conditioning should be set so room is cool enough so people can dance without passing out due to heatstroke.
- Make your event flow – your entertainment and wedding planners can help you with this. Do not listen to your venue – they are concerned with food service and not the flow of your party.
- Pay attention to “reception aerobics” – you do not want your guests standing up, going over here then back to their seats then standing back up, etc. Make activities make sense.
- Ever been to an event where there were lines for the bathrooms? You should plan for about 1 stall for every 25 guests.
DANCING: Things You Can Learn From “Four Weddings”
- No one wants to wait 3 or 4 hours before dancing starts.
- Pace the festivities so you do not bore guests and you do not do everything all in one lump (people only have about a 10-minute attention span)
- Personalize your entertainment and be involved
- No one likes it when the bride and groom are missing during the reception – keep group photos to a minimum during this time
- Once the dancing starts – do not interrupt it – not for speeches or dessert stations
- Dim the lights and set the mood for dancing
- Create memorable moments with your entertainment (special send-off, flash mob, highlight friends with special songs)
- Everyone loves a photo booth
- Nothing kills the party mood like a bad DJ
More Blog Posts Like
Things You Can Learn From “Four Weddings”
Anne & Vanja Westfield River Brewing Company Wedding
Anne & Vanja Westfield River Brewing Company Wedding Anne and Vanja were so much fun to work with! They wanted a totally non-traditional wedding that emphasized all of their interests. With few formalities guests were able to mingle, play board games, spend time out by the firepit, and of course tear it up on the…
Helen & Jon Intimate Mass MoCA Wedding
Helen & Jon Intimate Mass MoCA Wedding It was an intimate wedding with less than 70 guests at Mass MoCA in the Prow. Helen and Jon exchanged vows in Sol LeWitt Galleries and then we moved on to cocktails just off the Prow. Their table assignments were tacked to different loaves of bread. We love…
Cassidy & Garrett OceanCliff Newport RI Wedding
Cassidy & Garrett Ocean Cliff Newport RI Wedding Cassidy and Garret had their wedding at OceanCliff Hotel in Newport, RI. It’s a beautiful venue that over looks the water. They held their ceremony in Wrentham and then headed down to Newport for their reception. They had a harpist playing to great the guests for their…
Planning Your Corporate Event
Making Your Next Corporate Event a Success If you’re planning a networking event that will have a speaking or presentation portion for your company there are a few good questions to ask yourself. What type of tech do you need? How many people will be speaking over the course of the event? Will they be…
Boston Marathon Gala 2023 BAA – Boston Athletics Association
Boston Marathon Gala 2023 BAA – Boston Athletics Association We were brought in last minute (only a week prior) to this year’s Boston Marathon Gala at Fairmont Copley Place where 150 of the whos-who were in attendance for this fundraising event. We teamed up with Suffield Sound (they provided the band sound support and uplighting)…
Weddings At Station 97 Essex CT
Weddings At Station 97 Essex CT – Station 97 On Main Weddings At Station 97 Essex CT: We had the opportunity to tour the newly opened Station 97 banquet facility. With guest count capped at around 100, it makes for a unique intimate wedding venue. They have an outdoor deck for your ceremony onsite or…
Follow Us On Instagram![wdi_feed id=”1″]
What Do You Do Now?
Contact DJ Rob today to find out pricing and availability for your upcoming event. We offer wedding DJs, Custom Lighting Design, and Photo Booth Rentals.
Describe your wedding in 3 words so we have an understanding of what you are looking for.
Send us an inspirational image of what you are trying to create for custom wedding lighting.
Tell us the style of music that gets you up and shaking your booty.
Let us guide you through the planning process.
Our stomping grounds are The Berkshires and Hartford CT areas, but we travel from Hudson Valley NY to Boston MA, and Southern VT to the CT Shoreline frequently. Get started today.