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Things You Don’t Need to Have An Amazing Wedding

Weddings are so wonderfully unique, but sometimes we can get caught up in what everyone else is doing.

While there are certain things you SHOULD have at your wedding: like some type of food, loved ones, insurance and a damn good time, there are a lot of things that don’t matter.

A three-figure guest list. Unless your family is actually that big and you’ve kept in touch with or spoken to every single guest within the last three years, you don’t need to invite 200+ people because you think you have to. If you want to, by all means–just keep in mind that more people = more money spent across the board.

A premium open bar. In my experience, people get sloppy at weddings with open bar. Hell, people get sloppy at weddings without open bars. There’s really no need to have every type of liquor available for 5+ hours. Think about doing 1 hour of open bar and then switching to cash bar, or having just the signature cocktails or beer and wine available.

Every single wedding trend. That pretty influencer’s wedding you saw on TikTok cost five times more than you think it did. You don’t need 100 stems of papmass grass, that retro photo booth or a champagne wall to make your wedding unforgettable. The sad reality is by the time you have your wedding, most of the things that are in now will be out by the following year. Focus on the larger pieces of the day and the parts of the day that matter to YOU and your fiance. At the end of the day, if you get married and have fun doing it, that’s all that matters. The rest is gravy.

6+ hours at the reception. I know it’s a magical day and you want to squeeze every ounce of fun and joy out of it, but the reality is, your day starts a lot earlier than you think it does. If you have a 4:30 pm ceremony start and a bunch of bridesmaids, prepare to start getting ready by 7 am. Do yourself a favor and keep your reception to under 6 hours if you can. That gives you plenty of time to do toasts, have dinner, dance your ass off, and *not* be so exhausted you want to cry by the end of it.

I know these were probably some unpopular opinions, so let’s chat about it. Did I strike a nerve here? Did I miss any? Tell me your thoughts 👇🏼

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