During the initial stages of planning consider the number of guests you are planning to invite, the number of guests you invite will drastically change the amount you will need budget wise. For example, most wedding venue’s will charge between $70-$120 per person for a buffet style or sit down dinner and drinks (open bar, depending on packages the venue offers). Sometimes serving only cocktail style hor d’oeurves can assist with slightly cutting costs but you must still factor in the cost of the food and beverages that will be served.
Do you want to serve a full course meal or a cocktail/hor d’oeurves style foods? Typically a full course meal will cost a lot more per person than passed hor d’oeurves. If you’re worried about your guests still expecting a full course meal you can set the time of the event to an off peak meal time such as earlier in the morning and serve brunch type foods. You could also host your event later in the evening after the typical dinner hour and serve passed hor d’oeurves and have a cocktail style reception.
When choosing the date and time of day to hold your wedding ceremony and reception, there is lots you should take into consideration. You should think about what your family and friends are like, would they be able to make it on time if you hosted your wedding in the morning? If you’re able to, some venues will offer lower priced packages for a week day event. Typically morning and afternoon events can be a little lower on the cost scale as most people are not as inclined to eat or drink as much earlier in the day. Although, weddings in the morning can be a little more difficult as you have to wake up in the wee hours of the morning, you need to be absolutely sure you can count on your wedding party as well as your vendors to arrive on time. A morning wedding in the summer is beautiful, perhaps a reception in a garden serving a brunch buffet with Mimosas
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Decide on additional event features such as whether or not you plan to hire a dj or band, or if you would prefer to take an alternative option such as an ipod speaker system? For larger events it is my suggestion to hire a professional Dj to take care of the music fot the evening. They are experienced in assisting with getting your guests up and on their feet. If you are hosting a smaller event with a small guest list then an Ipod docked on a speaker station with a precompiled wedding Playlist going should be adequate for the music for the night. Just make sure you delegate someone to look after the Ipod and play the important songs such as your first dance and your father and daughter dance.
Always remember that you and your fiancé are the one getting married, not everyone else. Everyone close to you will all have an opinion and input for your wedding. Some people are more opinionated than others. They may make you feel obligated to do things or incorporate aspects that you don’t love but you want to make others happy and decide to go with. If you want my opinion, I feel that since this is your wedding you shouldn’t feel obligated to do anything you absolutely have your heart set against. This is your day, not theirs, opinions are nice for advice but don’t take it all and overwhelm yourself.
Planning a wedding takes a lot of work, between the research and interviewing of vendors, the countless hours of emails, phone calls and inspiration hunting on Pinterest Don’t forget to take some time for yourself, take a break from wedding planning completely every once in a while. This helps you with reducing your stress levels and making sure that you don’t grow to begin hating the entire process wishing it would all just be over and done with. It should be fun, not painful and taxing. If you get to a point where you just can’t seem to manage it all, consider hiring a wedding planner to assist you with the loose ends and pull everything you’ve already done together. Aisle Do, is available to assist you with all your wedding planning needs. Give us a ring or drop us a line. There are so many important reasons Why You Should Hire Aisle Do, Weddings and Events to assist you with your wedding planning needs.
Consider your choice of venue, sometimes a venue’s decor can assist you with saving on additional decor items. For example, if you are having a rustic wedding consider hosting your reception in a barn or out in the country. If you are having a more modern wedding consider hosting your wedding in an art gallery.