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10 Popular Themes that Will Make your Event a Hit!

Every event whether is it corporate or casual, should have a set theme for the guests to look forward to at the event. With lavish decorations, entertainment, and special effects, your event will be on your guest’s mind for months to come. A theme can guide your event to where you want it, start to finish. With a flow, your guest will not want to leave and will always want to come back. Why wait, start planning now!

Secret Garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

With the mixture of flowers, leaves and stringed lights, the Secret Garden is a nightlife themed event that is the greenest of greens. Whether outside in a garden or inside at a venue, the glowing lights and flowers will have you falling in love with the artistry of a secret garden. 

 

 

 


Great Gatsby

Elegant, ballroom, suit and tie and of course, can not forget the lavishing decor and gold and black palette filling the room. Efficiently planned and accepted, the Great Gatsby themed events will have your guest flowing in the roaring 20’s this upcoming year.

 


Carnival & Circus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bold colors like red and blue, wild performers and an endless amount of popcorn is all great components to get a carnival or circus ready for your guests to enjoy. A carnival and circus themed party can bring friends together with a simple tent, some tickets and cotton candy. With bold color statements, your guest will be falling in love with the idea of a carnival in your backyard or inside your business. Who knows maybe you’ll be able to dunk your boss in a dunk tank!!!

 


Luau

Margaritaville, Surfing Safari, and tiny bubbles make a luau worth going to for a fun night out with friends. Then also, a luau is not fully ready until you have Hula Dancers, Male Fire Dancers, and Polynesian musicians. The idea of an island getaway for your guests to transport to a relaxing, outdoor event somewhere on the beach or outside underneath the stars. 

 

 


Summertime BBQ

Summertime is something everyone looks forward to being in, and no one ever wants to leave! A summertime BBQ is the perfect way to get family and friends together for a backyard BBQ with hotdogs and hamburgers. Great way to get everyone outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air.

 

 

 


 

Back to School

What better way to celebrate kids going back to school than a back to school themed party. Parents get to celebrate kid-free time during the day as well as getting your kids ready for the first day of school for the year. One last get together before life goes into a full swing of chaos!

 


HoeDown

 

HoeDown, ThrowDown season is coming up! Line dancing, cowboy boots, and cool nights filled with laughter is the perfect time to get the wild weekend grooves on. The Wild West is calling; you better saddle up! Mechanical bull-riding experience, hay bail rides, and corn hole are the essentials to a great hoedown.

 


Oktoberfest

Noch ein Bier, bitte! A German beer festival would not be complete without pretzels, sausage & potato skewers, and schnitzel bites. The brown and green fancy lederhosen adds the realistic feel of an Oktoberfest for any event choice. Even adding a German DJ or oompah music will make the night even more special. 

 


Winter Wonderland

White snow falling, blue crystal balls hanging on the trees, and candy shaped as snowmen can be the start of something new for an event. For the last event of the year, in a corporate setting, Winter Wonderland could be your answer to the theme of a business holiday party to thank your employees for what they do. Throw in a DJ to make the night go on longer for fun never to end.

 

 


Casino Night

Whether you are looking for the glitz and glam of Las Vegas or the charming atmosphere of Milan for a night of laughter and relaxation, a casino night  themed event can make your dream come true by bringing the excitement to you. Playing a game of Blackjack or Texas Holdem will light the night for your guests allowing them to let loose with some good fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How Much You Should Spend on Your Lighting

If you are looking into spicing up your event, then you may want to consider investing into setting up some special lighting or other effects. Effects such as lighting, fog machines, or confetti blowers have the potential to deliver an experience that goes beyond listening to music. While it has become typical for a lot of these special effects to be included in many performance packages, it pays to be aware of certain expenses that can boost the price of your event. In the information below you’ll discover what kind of devices are available and how much items cost if that is the route you choose to take.

Depending on the entertainment you choose to hire they may or may not provide the equipment necessary to host an outstanding event. While devices such as foggers, mirror balls, and fog machines can make a spectacle, they can also be an expensive investment if included as part of your entertainment’s package. Because some entertainers tend to overcharge on the equipment portion of their contracts, you should be aware of the average cost for the equipment you deem necessary for your event.

Lighting Equipment

The scope of your event is the most significant determining factor of how much you can expect lighting for your venue to cost. The accumulated expenses can build up quite quickly if you’re looking to light up an entire wedding or a sweet sixteen, while an event such as a birthday may not inquire such a hefty lump sum of cash. When you are trying to figure out a lighting budget, it is essential to know exactly what you want and what you are looking for. You may find the lighting your entertainment provides to be lackluster, while at other times some of the lighting equipment they provide may be unpractical for your event. As far as specific prices are concerned, it varies depending on the venue itself. Lighting can cost anywhere between $50 to $2,000. The easiest way to find an exact figure is to do your research. For example, if your entertainment is providing their own equipment, determine how much the material they are offering is worth. Once you learn that figure, it will be that much easier for you to plan how you budget your lighting.

Fog Machines

Fog machines have a subtle yet highly atmospheric effect on events. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Halloween to take full advantage of these machines. While it can seem a little excessive to include a fog machine for some, fog machines can be a relatively inexpensive way to add that extra dash of excitement you didn’t know you were missing. The devices similarly, vary in pricing depending on the venue and can go from as low as $40 to as high as $1,000 depending on the size and the quality of the fog itself.

Do Your Research

The principal idea is not to forget to consider the expenses of your special effects and to have somewhat of an idea how much specific material costs so that way you can determine the most inexpensive options. Lighting and fog effects are some of the most popular alternatives to create an atmosphere, but they are still a small aspect of your event’s atmosphere. There is also decorations, mirror balls, assortments of flowers and many other decorative options to consider when determining expenses. Staying ahead of the game by know exactly what to look for helps you in figuring out what you can afford for your event.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Musical Equipment: What You Need to Know

The cost of staging a performance for your event can quickly raise if you aren’t paying close attention to all the expenses. One issue that comes up often has unexpected fees popping up due to lack of communication between the host and the entertainment. You should also expect that not all bands and DJ’s has all the music and audio equipment necessary for a satisfactory performance at your venue. The information below has over a few fundamental questions you should be preparing yourself to ask your entertainment to make sure your event meets your expectations.

What They Need

The best way to find out what a band or DJ is lacking is to ask. Extension cords, backup generators, and other supplies may be required for getting your musicians up and running. If you find that this is the case for you, don’t forget to include any rental costs into your budget. A quick way to determine the professionalism of a band or DJ is to assess their eagerness to evaluate the venue. Different venues may require a different approach for equipment setup. Musicians who don’t take the time to adjust their equipment correctly can impact the quality of the performance.

Preparation

Set up a meet-up at your venue before the event to make changes as needed. Preparation is the key to making sure everything is in order, so your performers should be open to rehearsals, especially if you are hosting a once in a lifetime event. If the audio is not up to your standards, ask what the musicians can provide to make it better. At the end of the day you and your band or DJ share the same objective, so your interests should be the same.

Extra Charges

Some DJs provide extra special effects by using equipment to create exceptional lighting, fog, or tunes that synchronize to rhythms in the music. Keep an eye on the contract to see any extra charges applied just so you are aware of precisely what you are paying for. Having the payment information readily available to you can help you compare price so that you decide which entertainment type is best for you.

Look Organized

When narrowing down the visuals of the performance itself, make sure that the equipment isn’t too distracting. If your entertainment needs much material and doesn’t take the time to establish where everything should go ahead of time, then there is the risk of your stage looking very busy. It helps to meet ahead of time to ensure that every piece of equipment has a dedicated spot where it doesn’t appear to look too busy or messy. If there is no time for prep, it isn’t uncommon to find cords lying about all tangled up and scattered across the stage floor which leaves guests wondering if the right preparations were made. Instead be aware of all the preparatory phases of setup. Watch how your band sets up and how they organize their performances, that way no unexpected disasters come sneaking in your way.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Get Hitched Without A Glitch! Top Reasons Why You Should Hire A Wedding Coordinator

Hello to all of our readers! Today we are diving into why having a wedding coordinator is a VERY beneficial decision when it comes to your wedding! However, before we get into what those benefits are, we need to establish what exactly the job entails! To simply put it, a wedding coordinator is your go to contractor, advisor, and partner in planning all of the fundamental parts of your wedding! Dealing directly with vendors, attending all necessary meetings with florists and the venue, and ensuring that you and your guests are doing nothing but enjoying this milestone. They are going to be the glue holding everything and everyone together the months leading up to and on the big day!   

Benefits of a wedding planner

There are plenty of benefits to hiring some help when it comes to planning your wedding day! I want to list our top three reasons why we feel that hiring a planner is a must

Connections with vendors and florists.

Often times leads to discounts and deals. Know how to negotiate and have worked with vendors before. Know which vendors are hot and who does a good job. Can make suggestions that might be beneficial to you! You are going to want someone who has a better understanding how contracts with vendors and booking venues all works. Another added benefit is that your wedding coordinator is there to help you stick to your budget! It is their job to hold you accountable on your spending and keep you in your price range.

Wedding related issues and questions

Just because you are getting married it does not mean you are an expert on all things weddings. BUT WEDDING PLANNERS ARE! Having a wedding planner means that you can turn to for advice or guidance on all things wedding related! From proper wedding tipping etiquette to battle of the bridesmaids, we are sure your wedding coordinator has seen it all. Having a partner in planning who can be a neutral figure to lean on when things get crazy for some brides is the biggest blessing to hiring their event coordinator.

Allows for more time to enjoy your wedding!

No one wants to be running around like a mad woman on their big day! Hiring a wedding planner is going to allow you to have a stress free day with your people celebrating you and the one you love with a mimosa in hand, of course.

Different types of wedding planners

Just like there are different types of couples, there a different types of planners! From being with you every step of the way to partial planners who jump in when you need them most all the way to strictly day of coordinators, there is an option for every couple! All that you need to do is find the best fit your needs! Here at Breezin’ we offer a variety of wedding coordinator packages with some of the best planners in the business! Click the link below and head over to our website to check out what we offer!

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Entertainment for Your Event: What You Should Look For

If you are looking into throwing a fantastic wedding or event, you should be 100% sure that the band or DJ  you have hired are more than capable of performing to your highest expectations. Excellent performances can have a massive impact on the fun factor, while a poor one can leave your guests bored. The following information below, you will find advice on how to properly vet your talent to ensure that your event goes off without a hitch!

1. Why Style Matters

It seems silly to ask what kind of vibe your potential talent brings to the table, but there is a reason why this subject comes first on the list. If you think of the entertainment search in the same terms as dating, there’s not much of a difference between finding the love of your life and finding an appropriate match for your particular event. In both cases, the consequences of a potential mismatch can be disastrous and while an event mismatch won’t leave emotional scars in the same way a bad date would it can still leave a certain embarrassing and unsettling feeling.

2. Vetting the Band

Don’t let the hustle and bustle of party preparation be an excuse to skip this step. You must have an idea of how your performers, perform. There are plenty of opportunities to get a glimpse on how a band or DJ performs. A lot of bands set themselves apart by offering small public performances to help give people an idea what they’re all about. Other performers will even host private performances for their potential clients, perfect for those searching for a group to match their upcoming event.

3. Get What You Want

You are paying for a service, and like any other service you purchase, you should feel satisfied with whatever you buy. Depending on how strongly you feel about the song selection, will also determine how strict you are about what kind of songs are played. It’s important not to be afraid to say no. You are not hurting anyone’s feeling by saying no, and most professional musicians will understand and should be used to the prospect of taking no for an answer. Remember this is your event, and regardless of how large or small, it is the entertainment that matters.

4. Prepare for The Worst

Cancellation is inevitable, that is the reality of the world we live in. One crucial step in party preparation that many party planners often forget is to be prepared in case something goes wrong. Some of the questions you should be asking will help you plan for worst. It’s not fun to think about but having an empty ballroom with the sound of steady cricket screeches can be even worse. Ask questions like “What repercussions can I expect if you decide to cancel? What kind of cancellation policy do you have?  And what is your backup if a piece of your equipment fails?”

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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How to Accommodate for Guests

As someone who is hosting an event, it may be your responsibility to provide as many accommodations as you can for all your guests to be as comfortable as possible. Budget, location, and space are all things to determine before your event begins. Although the number of things to consider may sound overwhelming at first, with the proper planning and effort placed into your event, the preparatory phases don’t have to be as painstaking as it might appear at first glance. The following tips focus on what areas you should be focusing most of your attention on, as well as give an in-depth guide on how to prepare for your event to ensure that your guests get the best experience possible.

Budget

As tempting as it might be to throw the most extravagant event possible, you always need to keep your guest’s pocketbook in mind. This is not to say you need to be malicious in any way by shaking your guests down; the real goal is to be realistic. Have a general idea of what your typical guest can afford. Also, while this sort of thing might work differently for everyone, we can all agree that most people would agree that staying in a five-star hotel to attend a wedding recital might be a little too much to ask for.

Availability    

If you are looking for high attendance, then consider what works for the average working citizen. In other words, you should expect to see fewer people attending a wedding during the middle of the week, because weekdays, in general, are going to be harder to get off. You should also apply the same frame of thought to the busy times during the holidays. Holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving maybe some of the hardest times for people to keep their schedules, so be sure to plan around these times if you are looking for the highest attendance.

Space

Do some research to find out how many people your venue can hold. The last thing you probably want is to have issues with overcrowding. Be realistic about the amount of space you have. If you have a four-bedroom house, you probably shouldn’t be looking to host an event that contains 400 party goers.

Providing for The Disabled

Most of the tips for providing great accommodation follow a similar pattern that always falls back on how you give your guests an enjoyable experience. The same goes for providing for those of your guests that may have trouble enjoy themselves due to their disabilities. The volume may sound different depending on if you’re a year-old boy or 95-year-old man. People who are restrained in wheelchairs may have a harder time climbing stairs than others, or children to provide their own number of accommodations to keep themselves entertained. It may seem like a lot to consider, but you always must make considerations so that way all your guests have the experience of a lifetime.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Which Venue Best Suits You For Your Wedding

Choosing a wedding venue is usually one of the first big check marks off on the wedding to-do list. You want to make sure you are selecting your venue early because many popular spots book up for the year fairly quickly. Plus, once you know your wedding venue, it can help to set the scene and really create the style that you want your wedding to be in. Today, I want to present a couple of different wedding venues here in Tampa that are not only beautiful spots to tie the knot but they are also spaces that create different ambiances that you might be searching for. Let’s get into it!

Beach Venue

When living in a place as beautiful as Tampa, hosting a beach wedding is not that far-fetched. Most people have to travel to make this desirable destination happen for there big day but for those of us lucky to call this place home, there really is no reason to not take advantage. As simple as beach weddings might seem, you are still going to need a venue space that is going to accommodate for every possibility. Two venues that we love to work with because they are absolutely beautiful and they provide our clients with practical backup plans just in case Florida weather decides to be.. well Florida weather are the Don Cesar and the Postcard Inn. Both provide gorgeous indoor and outdoor options and both are highly experienced in beach wedding needs. Now, even though we love both equally, they are a little different when it comes to the overall style they bring to a beach wedding. The Don Cesar is going to provide you with a more luxurious style beach wedding with its bold artwork and castle like structure. The Postcard Inn on the other hand is going to give off more of that surfer chic look and feel for a more laid back, beach wedding.

Ballroom Venue

 

Now, if Cinderella was your all time favorite princess and you just HAVE to have that royal ballroom style wedding, then we have a couple of options you will want to look into. The Vinoy in St. Pete and The Hilton in downtown Tampa have the most gorgeous ballrooms with chandeliers dripping from the ceilings and elegant architecture that will take your breath away. These two upscale options are going to provide that classic wedding that we all dreamed about having.  

 

Rustic Venue

One trend that we are seeing a lot of nowadays are more simply elegant and very beautiful are the rustic themed weddings. These weddings most of the time are outside with a lot of greenery and fresh air with plenty of space. So we figure what better place to get achieve all of this than a barn? Just to be clear we aren’t talking about some old rundown barn we are talking about two premier wedding venues that are going to provide you with unbeatable scenery and atmosphere. Both the Barn at Crescent Lake and Bakers Ranch are going to allow for a more intimate setting that is unbeatable and that you or your guests will never forget.

Unique Venue

If none of those options really fit your agenda and you are looking for more of a distinguishing space that is unlike most wedding venues, then these options are for you. The Rialto Theater and the Straz Center are perfect options for couples who want to be married in a grand and exquisite venue that are different than your stereotypical venue. Both options are going to allow for both indoor and outdoor wedding spaces, providing options and allowing couples to be versatile. We have a feeling though that with the gorgeous interior design both theaters offer, you’ll want to keep the party inside. 

 

Each of these options are truly special and unique in their own way it really just depends on what YOU want for YOUR wedding! All of the options we gave you are going to do a wonderful job, the staff will be excellent, and your guests will love their experience but that is not all that matters. At the end of the day, selecting your wedding venue is all about choosing a location that aligns with your vision for your wedding. You want to make sure the venue you select is going to properly deliver the ambiance you want to create for your wedding. Just follow your gut (and your budget) and you can’t go wrong!

 

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Working with your Entertainment

For event planners, it’s not uncommon to make special requests. If you are expecting to be satisfied with your band or wedding DJ’s performance, there are a few questions you should keep in mind, especially if you are looking for a more specific kind of performance. For example, you might find yourself looking for bands that can perform songs that they may not be necessarily familiar with, such as a traditional Jewish hora tune or a favorite pop hit. While asking bands to try something new is not outlandish by any means, you should always be open to discussing exactly what you want so they can prepare themselves accordingly.

Know your Concerns

When you are meeting up with your entertainment there are always a couple questions you should ask to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Every entertainer is different and has different approaches to how to put on stellar shows. Being able to address any concerns you may have at the beginning is a good measure to take to help ensure that your entertainment and you, are both comfortable, particularly if you’re hosting an event that happens only once in a lifetime, like a wedding.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Performers

Whether you are planning on hosting a more formal, high-end kind of event or thinking more along the lines of accommodating a more casual outing, the question of, what is the starting rate becomes prevalent. How often do you update the type of music you perform? How extensive is your music library? What kind of genres do you cover? You should be prepared to ask those kinds of questions so that you don’t have any unexpected surprises when it comes times to pay for your entertainment. The last thing you want is to have hidden fees that you weren’t expecting pop up last minute, even when those fees aren’t always intended to be malicious. Being clear on what you are looking for and asking questions about how much the performer’s start at, is a sure-fire way to avoid unexpected costs.

Entertainment That Fits

The band or DJ for your event should be able to perform any song you want. If you’re unsure if a certain group is for you, consider that you are paying for a service, and like any service in life you should paying for something you are satisfied with. Not every host and performer is a perfect fit for one another. It’s okay to continue the search if you aren’t 100 percent comfortable with committing right away. Keep your options open, because the bottom line is that, this is your event, so you should be happy with it! Hosting your own event regardless of, if it’s a child’s birthday or a son’s wedding has the pressure of putting your reputation on the line to a certain extent, but don’t worry. Finding the right kind of performers do not have to be as stressful as it may seem at first glance.

If you are concerned that your party picking skills are not up to par, you may wish to consider hiring an entertainment agency to help you make the best decisions. Entertainment agencies are professional’s at helping you find excellent and high-quality event entertainment, so don’t be afraid to ask your local entertainment agency for a helping hand.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Investing in Musical Equipment For Your Entertainment

Regardless of what kind of entertainment you’ve hired for your event, it is always important to think ahead of time by being aware of what kind of equipment is needed before unveiling the curtains. You might also want to consider how large the space is you are working with and what acoustic application is required for you to get decent sounding performance. Some musicians will require extension cords, backup generators or other supplies, so it is important to be prepared and to make sure your entertainment has absolutely everything they need. In the steps below, we will go through what kind of information is most prevalent in ensuring your entertainment has everything they require for your event to be as successful as possible.

Why Should You Invest In Your Entertainment?

Unsure of what your entertainment needs? Ask. Sure, it may seem obvious, but having an open conversation with your performers is an action that can often be overlooked. Be clear about what it is your looking for and be aware if there is any equipment that is lacking or can make their performance better. It may seem strange to ask, considering that most people would expect talent to already have all the equipment they need, but it pays to make sure so that it’s one less concern you must deal with.

You may be asking yourself why would you ever pay for equipment for a band or DJ? The answer is that to host a great event that all your guests will enjoy, you must make sure the quality of the performance is of the highest quality as possible. Now, at the end of the day it is your decision to make on how much you are willing to spend on your entertainment, so always think twice before making any final decisions and if your still having trouble contact your local entertainment agency and have them help you on making any decisions you may be struggling to make by yourself.

While it’s true, there are some entertainers out there that may be unprepared in having the proper equipment to play for an event, but there are also other scenarios where purchasing equipment may not be the worst idea in the world. When a lot of bands are hired by word-of-mouth or by eyewitnesses on the street, it may be worth giving some truly talented performers an edge if they deserve it. Every band or DJ must start somewhere, and while new equipment is nice, it’s real talent and passion that is the core of every entertainer’s performance. By purchasing equipment for a band or DJ you are truly passionate about, you are not necessarily throwing your money away.

Depending on the event you are planning on hosting your talent may not always need the highest-grade equipment to perform. If you are hosting a birthday party, for example, you probably don’t need the newest musical equipment, whereas if your venue is in a hotel and the entertainment is playing for a wedding, investing more to provide the best experiences for your guests is going to the best option by a long shot.

Breezin’ Entertainment & Productions offers premier service that is sure to both relieve the stress of the event planning process and guarantee that the entertainment that is provided exceeds all expectations. To book your next event contact a Breezin’ representative at 813-463-2272 today or visit https://breezin.com/

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Top 10 Wedding Etiquette Dos and Don’ts

Hello lovely people! Today we are breaking down the most common questions we get from brides and grooms on wedding etiquette and giving you some basic guidelines to follow when planning. Here are our top ten dos and don’ts when it comes to your wedding:

Tip vendor

So the rule of thumb here is that vendors who do an exceptional job and really help enhance the overall experience of your wedding should get a tip. Now, keep in mind this is not a requirement but it is a nice addition to include for those who helped make your big day flow smoothly. Some tipping guidelines include 15-20% for catering staff, 10-15% for band or DJ and 15-20% for hair and makeup stylists. A lot of times tips are included in the contract so if that is the case then you don’t need to worry about it but just make sure beforehand.   

A list versus B list

Don’t do it…. Guests will know right away that they are a second round pick and it can make you look very rude. Now, if you are creating a list of likely versus unlikely guests to attend then this is more acceptable. For example, if you have guests you want to invite from out of town who might be less likely to be able to make it, you should go ahead and send those out first. We suggest maybe 3-4 weeks before the remainder of the invitations. That way if some of the oot guests are unable to make it, you should have enough time to be able to invite more people who maybe you are less close with but would be more likely to make it to the wedding based on their location.

Registration versus asking for cash

We wouldn’t recommend asking for cash.. You should really have some form of registry. There are always things that any new couple can use and replaces such as new sheets or bath towels. But if you have a smaller registry people will get the point and more than likely just revert to cash. Another great option for couples to opt to do rather than a traditional wedding registry is a honeymoon registry. This is where your guests can purchase different options for you to do on your honeymoon such as a romantic dinner or couples massage. Your guests set the price for how much they want to spend, then the website takes a small percentage and finally after the registry closes the website will send you a check in the mail for the total amount. A good website to use for this option is www.honeyfund.com

Seating Chart versus assigned seat

Ultimately, this decision should really be based upon the size of your wedding and who is attending. For example, if it is just a small, family wedding and everyone knows each other really well then yeah no seating chart SHOULD be fine but once we start inviting more people it can get messy. Overall, it really is just easier to tell people where to sit. That way they are sitting with their dates and there is no confusion, discomfort or worst of all fighting.

Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

There can be a lot of stipulation behind who should be asked to be a part of the wedding party but really it is up to the couple. If we are looking at what is most commonly accepted then ok the average size is four bridesmaids and four groomsmen including maid of honor and best man. One thing to keep in mind when choosing your group is the responsibility and financial obligations that will come with the job. Most bridesmaids and groomsmen attend all of the major events and in most cases throw them such as the bachelor/bachelorette parties. So we suggest just making sure your choices are fully up to the task because once you ask someone to be in your wedding party there really is no taking it back! The really important thing to remember though is that you are choosing the people you love the most who are gonna help you enjoy your special day!

Cash Bar versus Open Bar

Ok..now..this one can be a little controversial.. but in our opinion you really should pay for at least a piece of the bar tab for your guests. If the bar tab is not looking like it is in the budget, maybe you should reconsider headcount because it can look pretty tacky when you start asking your guests to pay for drinks. If you don’t want to have a full open bar with cocktails that can run up the tab quickly, maybe consider doing beer and wine only or cocktails for only the cocktail hour. Another option to help lower the cost if your guests aren’t really a drinking crowd is to just do an on consumption tab for a couple of hours. This way you’re not stuck with a high bar fee if it is not really going to be utilized and you can just pay for the alcohol that is consumed. Regardless of the direction you decide to take it, we suggest having some form of free alcohol for at least a portion of your reception.

Who Comes to the Rehearsal Dinner?

The rehearsal dinner is normally more of an intimate setting, meant for those in the wedding party and close friends and family. Due to this, there is not an obligation to extend an invitation to an attendee’s wedding guest. If you keep the rehearsal dinner guest list exclusively to immediate family and close friends the wedding guests will understand. One thing to keep in mind is that if you have out of town guests attending your wedding, it is always nice gesture to invite them to your rehearsal dinner. Traveling can be costly and making them feel as included as possibly is definitely a good idea.

Do I need to have a cake?

Having a wedding cake is one of those traditions that are okay to leave out if it is not something you are crazy about. A lot of couples chose to just do a dessert buffet and have a small cake for just them or to just leave it out all together. One thing to keep in mind however is that the cake cutting portion of the reception is a common indicator that it will be finishing up shortly. Plus it’s always good to end dinner with dessert, it just feels more complete. Due to this, we do recommend having some form of dessert to help wrap things up to a close. Even if you did take home desserts, such as bags of cookies, would help end that night on a sweet note.

Kids versus No Kids

Now this is one of those things where there is no right answer. Kids or no kids, it is up to you but whatever you do chose, you have to stick with. You don’t want to say it is okay for some people to bring kids and others to not bring kids because it just makes you look rude. Don’t make exceptions! However, it is commonly acceptable to invite the flower girl and the ring bearer because they are a part of the wedding party.