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Published On: Tue, Jan 20th, 2015

4 Things To Skip At Your Wedding That Your Guests Won’t Notice

When planning a wedding, leave no detail uncovered in a quest to make the event one that everybody will remember for years to come. But, most events also have a strict budget to stick to, which means nixing the smaller details that no one will really even notice and going big on the things that do matter, such as the venue. Here are four things so skip when planning a wedding that guests won’t notice are missing.

Favors

Unless it’s something edible, like chocolate treats or those yummy pastel almonds, no one really cares what they get sent home with, says Kat Kinsman writing for CNN. In fact, those carefully crafted photo frames of the smiling couple may even get left behind at the end of the evening. When planning out favors for the guests, take in to consideration what a guest really wants to pack up and take home with them. It probably won’t be a trinket box with the monograms of the newlyweds.

Femke Jenkins Photography

Femke Jenkins Photography

Champagne Toasts

With champagne toasts costing an arm and a leg, this celebratory drink can easily be passed over at the reception. Since the toast doesn’t happen until after the speeches, just before dinner, this gives guests plenty of time to have a drink or two from the bar during cocktail hour. Many times, guests will toast with the glass they’re holding, which is usually a cocktail, beer, or other beverage from the bar they received previously. That means their costly flute of champagne may get dumped by the waitstaff later on.

Premium Liquor

If there is going to be an open bar at the wedding, cut back on the budget by not insisting on premium alcohol, says the Huffington Post. Top-shelf names pull in top-shelf prices, costing a lot out of pocket for something guests will probably not notice. They will probably be more than happy to have free drinks all night, and as a result by the end of the night the brand of liquor won’t matter.

Expensive Linens

By the end of the night, the linens will have coffee stains and crumbs all over them, so having premium table cloths is unnecessary. No one is likely to care about the detail or thread count on the expensive, over-the-top linens that are typically rented from a facility. This is the same for chair covers. Again, this detail goes largely unnoticed, at a higher cost that can be better spent elsewhere.

Speaking of spending money on more important things, there are some things on which couples shouldn’t scrimp on. At the top of that list is the venue. Grand View Restaurant points out that the event should stay in guests’ minds for years to come, thanks to a gorgeous view, innovative culinary choices, and dedicated waitstaff. Focus on excellent food, beautiful atmosphere and servers who make everyone feel welcome. This is what will set the wedding apart from the rest—not the favors or the vodka label.

When planning their wedding, couples should take the time to really think about what is really a necessary as part of their big day. Consider spending more on where it will matter most and cut back where it won’t. Despite endless months of planning, most guests remember the joy and symbolism of the event rather than what color the napkin rings were.

Guest Author: Lolita Di

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