When I’m working with a client it’s my mission to produce for them, not only the most incredible experience but something meaningful and reflective in terms of their styles and personalities. As a wedding planner, i’ve discovered along the way that there are some things that I don’t value as much as other areas of your wedding.
Spending too much on too little. You know by now, that I’m not into faffing for faffing’s sake. Let’s cut to the chase and spend the budget wisely so you appreciate the impact it creates. For me, lots of small items rarely do much for the overall impact. Save your money and let’s spend it where it’s felt. I’m talking floral displays, punchy tableware and understanding the guest experience you want to create.
Favours. Unless it’s edible, I’m not impressed. Guests will often leave behind items so unless they are of significant value on a personal level, save your cash.
Too many drink options. If you’re providing your own alcohol and serving via a bar service, less is more. Providing too many options will be overwhelming for you, leave you with half-opened bottles and you run the risk of running out of some items. If your bar is providing the open bar, worry not – they’ll take care of this.
Short shelf life items. I’m talking about things that will be used once and then forgotten about. Gimmicks if you will. A prosecco wall looks great for 5 minutes when the first guest sees it, but then by the time you see it, it’s half drunk and then you never use it again.
Spreading the celebrations out too thinly. Just because you have the whole venue to use, let’s not use it for using its sake. Think about the flow of your celebrations and the spaces we want to utilise the most for you and your guests.
Over-inviting. Overinviting and then under-budgeting for those ‘extra’ guests are a horrendous combination. Invite fewer guests who you can’t imagine your wedding without and allow them (and you) to have the most incredible wedding. Don’t waste your money inviting people because you feel you should.
So what do I value in terms of spending wisely from the start? The foundations and the longevity. It’s not glamorous or insta worthy alone but executing the basics to a high standard in the first place allows us to build, and the only way is up. I’m talking flooring, power, back-of-house space, linen, glassware, food, drink and guest experience as our nuts and bolts to create your incredible wedding, followed by working with incredible suppliers such as photographers, florists and production teams.