Avoiding Costly Mistakes Budgeting For Your Wedding Reception

How to Avoid Costly Wedding Mistakes

How to budget for your weddding and avoid costly wedding mistakes

How to Avoid Costly Wedding Mistakes

On your wedding day, you will spend more time at your reception than anywhere else.  You want this party to be remembered so you should budget accordingly.  Not prioritizing your budget for the reception is one of the biggest wedding mistakes brides make.  It is best to prioritize your spending on the following areas which will have the biggest impact on the success of your wedding reception.

The Venue

Selecting the right venue for your wedding reception is key.  The venue is the stage for your dream wedding so you should prioritize your budget accordingly.  When choosing a venue to consider:

  • The Guest List – Can the venue accommodate the size of your party?

  • The Location – Is it conveniently located near the ceremony site?

  • Photo Opportunities – Does the venue have a look you want captured?

  • Price – Does the venue fit within the budget you’ve set?

  • The Vibe – Does the venue create the vibe you want for your wedding reception?

The Entertainment

Your wedding reception is the party to celebrate your marriage so of course you want entertainment that delivers!  Please don’t underestimate the importance of hiring a professional wedding DJ.  Your DJ will not only be responsible for spinning the music at your wedding reception, but will also act as the master of ceremonies; coordinating the night’s activities so you can enjoy your reception.  Essentially your DJ keeps the night on track. When choosing a DJ consider:

  • The Play List – Will your DJ work with you to develop a list of the must play and do not play songs for your wedding reception?

  • The Equipment – Does your wedding DJ use professional DJ equipment?  Does he carry backup gear in case of an emergency?

  • The Performance – Have you viewed your wedding DJs announcement skills?  Have you read reviews by actual brides?

  • Coordination – Does the DJ have experience working with other vendors and creating a wedding team for your reception?

  • Appearance – Does the DJ dress in a manner that is professional and represents himself and you well?

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The Decor

Your wedding reception is the perfect location to let your personal style shine.  Again, you will spend the most time of your wedding day at this location.  Some venues will provide basic decorations such as mirrors or candles that you can begin building your wedding reception look from.

When selecting decor for your reception consider:

  • Flowers – What seasonal blooms will be the most budget friendly and make the most impact?

  • Uplighting – Are there architectural elements to highlight at the venue?

  • Table linens – Are there unique & fun ways to incorporate your wedding colors through the use of table linens?

  • Candles – What centerpiece arrangements work well with candles?

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1. Pick Your Wedding Photographer(s)

Whether you want ultra-creative or classic photos, our professional wedding photographers can deliver whatever kind of aesthetic you’re looking for. Each photographer offers their own unique professional approach to wedding photography, and you can pick the right one for you. The photography is just the start of the ultimate wedding package.

2. Pick Your Wedding Videographer(s)

One of the biggest regrets we hear from the over 25,000 couples we have served is that they didn’t get a professional wedding video made. Don’t let that be your regret! Like our photographers, our videographers can create cinematic wedding videos that spotlight your love. Whatever you’re looking for, our videographers will deliver a wedding video that you’ll be able to enjoy for years and share with future generations.

3. Pick Your Wedding DJ & MC

In order to capture photos and videos of the touching, hilarious and memorable moments at your wedding reception, you’re going to need the right music at the right time. The final piece of the ultimate wedding package, our DJs will bring your wedding celebration to the next level. Pick the music, don’t pick the music, create a “do not play list”, or give us no list at all, we’ll get to know you and your guests and construct a playlist that fits just right. But our DJs do more than just play songs, they bring energy to your wedding with engaging announcements, introductions and more.

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