It seems like every time you turn around, there are people telling you more things you need to get for your wedding day. Now that I’m engaged, the targeted ads on Facebook and Instagram really get me. Suddenly I feel like my wedding is going from simple to a three ring circus act! I don’t know about you, but my budget will only spread so far. Today, we’re here to tell you some of the things you definitely don’t need for your wedding.
1). Fancy Shoes: Okay, so your $300 embellished wedding shoes are gorgeous, I’ll never say they aren’t. But you’ve also got a full length dress on, and you’ll be taking those shoes off in 45 minutes. It’s your party……wear comfy shoes!
2). Programs: The only time we are pro-program is when they double as fans for summer weddings(we are in the South after-all). Otherwise, they are a definitely not necessary. When event staff members clean up after a wedding with programs, 90% of them get thrown in the trash, and 10% get sent home with the couple so they can throw them out themselves. Save some trees and allocate your money elsewhere.
3). Excess Signage: I don’t know about you, but I feel like weddings are getting a little sign heavy these days. Be really thoughtful about when are where you use signage. Your cake does not need a sign. It’s obviously cake. If your guests are walking up to a table with a book on it before ceremony, chances are they already know it’s a guest book to sign. If you have ushers at your event, you probably don’t also need a rhyming sign about where to sit. Signs telling guests where to go, or clarifying signs to indicate cocktail options or foods for guests with allergies? Yes. Random things with puns? No.
4). Koozies: Unless you come from a family of hardcore koozie collectors, you don’t need these. How often do you use a koozie in your daily life? How many hundreds of koozies do you have in your house from previous weddings that you don’t really use? Our guess is: eliminating koozies from the bar would in no way impact the success of your event, or the amount everyone drinks.
5). Send-off items for everyone: Okay, this one is actually kind of sneaky. If you plan on doing a send-off like glow sticks or sparklers, don’t buy enough for your full guest count. Most of the time, at least a portion( up to a third) of your guests will leave prior to your send off. Grandma and Grandpa will probably leave after they have a piece of cake. Your friend with a newborn baby will most definitely be going to bed before midnight. Cutting back on these items will not only save you money, but keep you from having tiny bottles of bubbles (or whatever) for the rest of your life.