Abigail Miller, APSU Junior, Public Relations
#1. Don’t have a long ceremony
Yay! Your getting married and it’s a big deal but if your ceremony exceeded more than 45min your guest will begin to get irritated and uncomfortable! Now don’t get me wrong, the ceremony is important but we only want to see three things: the dress, the vows, and the kiss. We definitely don’t want to hear your grandma sing while your little cousin plays the recorder and we don’t want to hear a full on sermon. So save the performances for the reception when everyone is slightly intoxicated and tell the pastor to keep it to one bible verse. Your guest will appreciate it!
#2. Stay clear of Animals
Maybe the dream is to have your beloved pet walk down the isle with the rings tied to his collar and then when you exit the church to have a dozen white doves released. Then you go to your family farm, which over looks beautiful fields with horses and cows. This sounds perfect but will it still seem perfect when your dog has to go number two right as he’s walking down the isle, or right when the doves fly over everyone they drop a little present if you know what I mean. Finally you don’t think the horses and cows will be a problem because they are behind a fence but you didn’t even think about that lovely smell of manure. So just leave the dog at home, forget the doves and put the animals in the barn. Your day will go a lot smoother and smell a heck of a lot better if you just avoid animals at all cost.
#3. Don’t get fancy with the food
It’s your wedding; everyone is dressed up, your at a nice venue, so what the heck lets get fancy and serve foods that we cant even pronounce. WRONG! For one it’s going to be really expensive and two no body wants to go to a wedding and eat snail, or escargots as the French call it. Your going to have picky eaters and you want something cheep and filling like chicken and pasta or steak and potatoes.
#4. Don’t play games at the reception!
This is a wedding, not Sunday night at grandmas. You may think it will be fun and cute to play games like Bride and groom trivia but not for everybody! There will be a lot of people at the reception, some you may not even know and honestly all they want to do is dance and mingle, not play, “How well do you know the couple.” These types of games belong at the wedding rehearsal when it’s just family and the wedding party. That way everyone participates since it’s a smaller group. Plus games are time consuming and there is already so much going on at a reception to begin with.
#5. Don’t worry about favors
Yes everyone is buying you gifts and you feel like you need to send home favors such as decorated mason jars filled with candy but you don’t. Your already giving them a free meal and maybe free booze if you have an open bar so why not just send a thank you letter for the gift and call it even. Your budget will be thankful and so will all the people that would be helping you put these gifts together. Plus half of your guest would probably forget to take home their gift anyways.