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October 2015

In the last blog post, we wrote a bit about the advantages of having a buffet at your wedding.  However, there are reasons why some avoid that style of meal on their big day.  So, it is only fair that we now mention some of the disadvantages.#1. Space Sucker.It’s true that, no matter how well you arrange it, the buffet table is going to claim a lot of real estate within the reception space.  You can move it away after the meal, but if the room is too small, it can be difficult for guests to get up from their tables and wind their way around the food table.  So, this decision really should factor in the shape and size of your venue.

There is a lot of talk about which is the best way to serve dinner at a wedding.  We have seen both sit-down dinners and buffets pulled off perfectly.  We’ve also seen both fall a little flat.  It really depends on the desires of the bride and groom.  As you debate which is best for your big day, consider these five advantages of a buffet dinner.

Wedding planning certainly leaves a lot of room for interpretation, yet brides often feel a little boxed in when it comes to creating centerpieces.  That doesn’t have to be the case though.  While cut flowers can be used to fashion gorgeous bouquets, they die shortly after the wedding and must be thrown onto the compost pile.  Instead, you might want to think of things that can be used in your centerpieces that would be beneficial to you after the wedding.

Think Carefully before Ordering. There is a lot to consider when selecting your wedding flowers for the big day, and color is only a small piece of the puzzle.  While a large, tall centerpiece will undoubtedly look stunning on the empty tables of the reception hall, they are likely to cause an issue when they disrupt the view of the guests.  Similarly, some flowers are hardier than others, and choosing those that wilt quickly can leave you with lackluster arrangements on the day of the wedding.

The answer to this question is not a straightforward one.  It really depends on many factors, so rather than answering yes or no, let us consider those variables so you can make the best decision for you and your future spouse.Cost The first thing to consider is how much you can afford. If your budget is minimal, you may not want to have a bartender at the wedding.  Not only will you have to pay that individual for his or her services, you are also going to have to afford the alcohol consumed.  There may be other, more cost effective ways, to offer alcoholic beverages to your guests, such as spiked punch bowls, or self-serve beer taps.

If there is one aspect of a wedding that is more likely to be remembered than anything else, it is the food.  People may not always recall a so-so meal, but they will often remember great food, and they will never forget a bad eating experience.  Because of this, a caterer is an important part of wedding planning.  Be sure that you are asking the right questions before you hire.

It is amazing how fast the smaller expenses related to wedding planning can add up.  The little things, like party favors, can really wind up being budget busters, because you have to have one for every person in attendance.  However, you can cut the costs by doing some of the work yourself (or with the help of your bridal party).  Consider these DIY party favors, which will cost you less than $1 each.

Before we get too far into the rules of etiquette regarding the head table on your wedding day, let us first mention the idea of a ‘sweetheart table’.  This was once a much more popular concept than it is today, but, nevertheless, it does have merit.What is the Sweetheart Table?  Essentially, this tiny table is the first private rendezvous of husband and wife.  It provides them a quiet place to enjoy each other’s company while they dine, without the formality of a head table.

This is a topic that comes up many times among brides- and grooms-to-be.  Many are concerned that the lighting in a space will hinder great wedding photographs.  However, the truth of the matter is that a great photographer can turn any space into the set for wonderful photos.  He or she will bring various flashes for cameras, will adjust shutter speeds to counteract a lack of light, may utilize diffusers, and will align the camera to capture the shot from the perfect angle.  These are skills that the artists learn through education and experience, which leaves you free to enjoy your event without concern for how the pictures will turn out.