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
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