Fancy centerpieces. We just went with the very simple centerpieces offered by our venue and our guests ended up moving them to see each other across the tables. Good for photo ops, but totally not necessary.
Also, chair covers, sashes, and long tablecloths. Our venue had Chiavari chairs and short tablecloths, so we just went with those. All of our guests loved our setup and those things, imo, just aren’t necessary. They make for good photo ops, but that is about it. If we would have had chair covers and long tablecloths, I am sure that people would have got caught up in them. And as long as your chairs are decent looking, you don’t really need to cover them.
Another thing that isn’t necessary, imo, is a huge selection of alcohol. We had one type of wine, two types of sparkling cider, water, root beer, coffee, and tea. Our guests were more than satisfied with our choices.
And, imo, you don’t really need fresh flowers. We used real touch and silks and everyone thought they were real. The venue had some silks in their centerpieces and I made some silk hydrangea balls that were set in vases for aisle and other decor. My daughter made our bouquets from real touch roses. No one knew the difference, until they touched them.
Fancy dinnerware, cutlery, glasses, etc. We went with simple. Everything was glass, but understated. Sometimes less is more and for this, it was. We did use gold charges that set off the place settings, but other than that everything was the less expensive option. And again, everyone loved how we put it together.