Every bride is so intent on having the perfect wedding that they often sweat all the small details that frankly their guests probably won’t even notice are there. Here are a few things that you can totally save yourself the hassle of organising.
DON’T BOTHER WITH…
Over the top wedding invitations.
Wedding invitations serve one purpose: to ensure your guests know when and where they have to be to see you get hitched. And you know where they’ll ultimately end up? The bin. If you’ve got your heart set on a particular type of invite then go for it but if you’re a bit so-so about what to do then feel free to save yourself the money and give yourself permission to skip any overly fancy executions (yep, that 3D pop-up card probably isn’t necessary).
Not only is formatting an entire booklet a bit of a pain but then you have to go ahead and collate them all too, which can frankly get a bit tedious. And honestly, unless you’re planning to do an exceptionally complicated marriage ceremony, remember it’s likely not your guests’ first rodeo so we’re sure they can keep up with what’s going on between you walking down the aisle and the part where you say I do without having to refer to something.
The cute guest book execution.
From a personalised jigsaw puzzle to a Polaroid station you can go crazy with guest books. But let’s face it, no matter how you dress it up a guest book is a guest book. So it’s totally fine to just have a nice book that people can write in. It’s also the kind of thing that your guests will be more concerned about what they’re going to write that they won’t really even notice what they’re writing in.
Sure great blooms are ‘grammable but it’s highly likely your guests won’t be able to tell the difference between exotic flowers flown in from a far-flung Himalayan mountain to something bought from the flower markets. All flowers are pretty to look at at the end of the day.
Fancy place cards.
It’s become a trend to do next-level place settings (think monogrammed gift or laser cut Perspex names), which can become a huge financial investment. Sure your guests will think it’s nice, but will they be horrified if they find an ordinary garden variety paper place card when they get to their seat instead? Probably not.
When was the last time you went to a wedding and thought ‘man I can’t wait to see the wedding favours’. We’re betting precisely zero times. Often guests will forget their gifts at the end of the evening which means you’re a) left to deal with the extras and b) you’ve just wasted money on something that will more than likely be forgotten. Direct the funds into something with wow factor for the event such as hiring a great band or DJ, which your guests will most definitely notice and appreciate.
A flashy cake.
Fact: wedding cakes cost a fortune. And the more elaborate they are — think multiple tiers and intricate décor the more eye-watering the price tag. And given it’s wheeled out for one photo opp and the rest of the time sits in a corner, you can probably get away with a simpler design. Even special flavours (think Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lemon and elderflower cake) can add to the cost of a cake so don’t be afraid to opt for a simple classic chocolate or vanilla flavour. It’s cake at the end of the day and people will eat it no matter what.