- 8 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
My fiance and I spent a lot of time talking about and thinking about this exact question, actually, when we were setting our budget. What did we want to spend our money on? What will our guests remember at the end of the night? Every wedding we went to in the past year we’ve made a list when we got home of things that impressed us, things we remembered. This ended up being our list: (this list is, of course, considering that all those other intangible qualities like mood, happiness, etc, are already in place)
1.) Event flow (are there long, awkward periods of standing around waiting with nothing to do? Do we have to stand around outside, like for cocktail hour, in uncomfortable weather? Do we have to drive forever and ever and a day between ceremony and reception?)
2.) Music (sets the mood for anything more than any decor can!)
3.) Food and drinks (including CAKE!)
4.) Decently comfortable chairs!
Things we never remembered as guests or never really made a huge impact on us: (although I know they might be important to bride and groom!):
1.) Minor details, like the color of the napkins or something, or the cake topper (that being said, we still ended up getting a custom cake topper, haha)
2.) the flowers (yeeeeah…I know…this one surprised me…but honestly if you asked me what the flowers looked like at a wedding I went to a month ago, I could only give you the vaguest of ideas) I know they show up in the photos, though!
3.) Basically any decor …not saying you shouldn’t have beautiful decor! But I decided not to make a huge chunk of my budget about the decor. I went to my cousin’s wedding a few weeks ago and I heard all about their super expensive custom aisle runner…yeah I never even noticed it. Oops