Post # 32
We went without favors…I think most favors are kind of tacky so we skipped them and ordered rita’s water ice for our guests instead. We did have menu cards, seating cards, programs, guestbook, etc but that’s because I was able to DIY them for very cheap. Menus cost me only about ten dollars to make 100. Small touches like that are super cheap but add so much to the atmosphere!
Post # 33
Um, kind of just okay. But honestly we didn’t really set it up for success haha. I didn’t really value videography much so I just handed my flipcam to my (free friendor) DOC and asked her to tape the ceremony for me. But we had our dog at our wedding and she ended up having to hold him and walk him around bc he was being so loud, so the video is kind of shaky and from farther away because she was in the back for a lot of it dealing with the dog. I mean the quality is okay— you can clearly see us and hear what we’re saying and that is all I cared about. But it isn’t anything like a professional video. I think if I cared more I could have made it better though by having it set up on a tripod or having someone in the front row or two tape for us. Also– if you’re going to do it yourself ask the person to tape the other stuff like speaches and cake cutting and dances. I didn’t even think to ask anyone to do that and my DOC was busy doing other stuff. Kind of wish I could watch the speeches again 🙂
Post # 34
We didnt have a menu card, colored linens or chair covers.
I recommend skipping the favors. We put jordan almonds in these cute bags and candles. Believe it or not only half the people took/ate the almonds and most people did not take the candles. We ended up with tons of left over favors. We are good if we use eletricity though! ;D
Post # 35
We did all the little touches mentioned in your poll except the ceremony programs. I didn’t miss them but so glad I did everything else! Surprisingly guests really liked the menus. I put 2 at each table and I got lots of nice comments on them.They were good for people with allergies so they could request items not be put in there food. I’m big believer that decor gives the wow factor when they walk in. We spent alot on or centerpieces and was well worth it! chair covers are must in my eyes if your venue doesn’t provide them. Also make sure to do a seating board as I’ve been to two weddings without them and it is so uncomfortable sitting with people you don’t know. With one at least guests know where they are suppose to be! We also upgraded our wine And had a chocolate fountain. Those items werent needed !
Post # 36
We did most of those… Ceremony programs b/c our ceremony was complicated and I really like listing our parents and other important people. We skipped menu cards, but since we had so many people and only the exact amount of space, we did place cards and table numbers (but not a seating chart,) we did very simple centerpieces, and at the last minute decided to do a photo guest book. We did flowers for all the important people, but skipped fancy chairs or table covers. (Plain covers were provided by the venue.) And we had a photobooth, sort of as a favor, but we also decided to go with that only very last minute.
Post # 37
We aren’t skipping too many details. I wanted a cute menu board, but when I talked to Fiance about it, he said ‘Why? they already know what they’re eating.’ So, we’re skipping it.
I’m DIYing many details to cut costs and to keep it ‘us’… fruit tart stand, letterpressed invitations/programs, rose shaped buttermints, linens, quilt table embroidered sign, table numbers/escort cards, beaded garder, cufflinks, memorial candles… There’s more, just can’t remember any right now.
Post # 38
Really appreciating and loving all the input!!!
Hopefully this can help with some of our decision making! xo
Post # 39
So far I am skipping ceremony programs.. Since it’s going to be a short ceremony that isn’t religious there isn’t anything to follow along to..
No Menu Cards/Boards since we are having a buffet and they can look at the food to try and figure out what it is 😛
No boutainnaires for the groomsmen, only pocket squares..
I am doing table numbers and saying who will be at which table.. But I’m not assigning seating, they can pick out where they want to sit I don’t care 😉
My venue gives standard toasting glasses/cake cutting sets so I don’t need to buy expensive ones..
I do have to do chair covers though since the chairs that come in the venue are ugly.. I am doing a guest book picture frame for people to sign instead of a typical guest book..
Post # 40
At our family and friends cocktail reception we skipped: programs, menus, seating charts/table numbers, coloured linens/chairs…but that might be more due to the type of event (not a sit down dinner, traditional reception).
I thought about doing a menu board but realised that by the time the guests had time to look at the board, the servers would be passing the food. lol So, I skipped that.
Our venue has gorgeous dormer windows and, as the wedding was in December, we wanted candle light and arrangements in the window sils. I was quoted over $500 by a couple of places to do 3 fairly large arrangements to go in the windows, which I thought was crazy. We made them ourselves (ordered flowers and pruned trees at my parents’ place). I also would have loved flower arrangements on the cocktail tables, but just couldn’t see paying for them. I decided to borrow my mom’s silver/silver plate bowl collection and hand-glittered a billion pinecones and just piled them in the bowls. Surrounded by candles, they looked really nice. I also made a kissing ball arrangement for a weird empty area with Dollar Store flowers and more mini pinecones.
We had to do family flowers (non-negotiable with my inlaws), so couldn’t cut that. I found that the floral budget was one of the biggest things and if you can figure out non-floral centrepieces, you can save a lot of money.
I just focused on atmosphere…and when it got down to the wire, I started chucking stuff that I felt wasn’t for my guests’ comfort or for me to achieve that atmosphere.
Post # 41
I wish we could have skipped ceremony programs but the church lady insisted. I work as an art dealer and I still am ticked that the programs are in the ceremony pictures – total waste of money and time and made people’s silhouettes look sloppy in the church photos.
I skipped favors because I couldn’t afford them. I’ve noticed at weddings that people leave them behind and/or they clutter the tables and wreck a beautiful table setting.
We had multiple entrances to our reception so many guests missed the vintage postcard signing and didn’t learn about it until they saw the cards in photos afterwards.
No one is going to judge you for having extras or leaving them out – it’s YOUR wedding, not theirs – try to remember this as you go forward. 🙂
Post # 42
We’re skipping the menus. programs, and the champagne toast.
Post # 43
Just wanted to say THANK YOU again for ALL the input! SO HELPFUL!
Post # 44
I actually did all of the above. I wouldn’t have bothered with menu cards, but the venue offered them up for free. I was glad I took them up on it because they looked great and even had a picture of flowers that matched my bouquet. I didn’t bother to see them beforehand.
Of the other things, I consider favours to be required (it’s a Thank You for everyone for coming, especially since many people had to travel). I don’t consider the seating chart to be decor, either you’re having assigned seating or not. For me, I wanted certain people closer than others and it keeps families together regardless of the time they arrived.
In terms of decor, I found the biggest impact was the lines & chair covers. I used white tablecloths provided by the venue, but had teal table runners, white chair covers, and linen for the front of the headtable (I forget what it was called). I would have thought centrepieces were more important beforehand, but walking into the room on my wedding day it was the linens that made the biggest impact.
Post # 45
planning on programs (not too many, don’t want waste), coloured linens, lantern and seashell centerpieces, and guest book scrapbook-style (like this: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-guestbook)
not doing seating chart (open seating) or table numbers, fancy transport (all in one location), or favours. Instead, we are considering making a donation to a charity.
I am planning to made my wedding as “green” as possible, so no unnecessary waste, and all our decor will be doing double-duty as either gifts for our honour attendants or home decor post-wedding. I’m also going to try to convince the venue to compost or donate the left-over food!
Post # 46
we are skipping on favours (after all), programs, menus. We are doing the rest though.