All photos by Sarelle Photos (unless otherwise noted).
1) Having a destination wedding.
As I said before, this was the BEST decision we made for our wedding. Not only did it helped initially cut down the guest list (which in turn saved us a ton of money), but it gave us a chance to spend even more time with our guests by extending the wedding festivities over a long weekend.
2) Choosing a boutique hotel for the wedding.
|Ceremony + Reception decor / Personal Photos|
3) Hiring a wedding planner for day-of coordination services.
|Our wedding planner Rachel from An English Rose|
4) Creating a wedding website.
This was the perfect place for guests to get information about all things related to our wedding weekend, including travel info, FAQs and registry information. Plus, it was also a place where some guests could learn a bit more about us (i.e. the specifics of how we met, the proposal story, etc.)
5) First look and bridal party photos before the ceremony.
We decided on this solely because we didn't want to miss cocktail hour (nor did we want our bridal party to miss it either), but even if we didn't have one, we would have done this to avoid a super long gap between the ceremony and reception.
6) Hiring a DJ instead of a band.
|BM M and BM K with DJ Yo-C / Personal Photo|
7) Scheduling a seamless reception flow for an uninterrupted dance party.
What I mean by this is that the reception entrances were immediately followed by the special dances (First, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, Anniversary dance), which were immediately followed by dinner with speeches sprinkled throughout. AFTER all this was taken care of, the dance floor was officially opened for dancing and wasn't interrupted for the rest of the night--we even cut the cake on the side of the dance floor just so we didn't have to stop the party.
The takeaway here is that if having a packed dance floor is a priority, avoid interrupting the flow of the dance party as best you can. Depending on your crowd, it can be hard enough getting people on the dance floor, but if guests keep being told they can dance, then 30 minutes later have to sit back down for this dance or that speech, I can pretty much guarantee that you will not have a packed dance floor by the end of the night.
8) Renting a photo booth.
When have you ever not had fun in a photo booth?? Whether you DIY your "faux-to" booth or rent a traditional one, you're guaranteed to get some awesome and silly shots of your guests. Don't forget the props!
9) Using DIY technology to capture special wedding moments.
|Photo via WeddingMix|
|Photo via Wedding Party App|
10) A keepsake "guestbook" idea.
I am so thrilled with how our signed record albums came out and that we were able to use the albums afterwards as artwork in our living room. The days of the old traditional guestbook are over. Feel free to get creative or have guests sign something that's meaningful to YOU as a couple (whether that be puzzle pieces, fabric swatches, a photo poster board or record albums).
What were your top wedding decisions? Were any of them on this list?