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Wedding Tips Tuesday | 8-20-19

5 things to ponder about your wedding day

Hi All! #WeddingTipsTuesdays is your newsletter of 5 tips, hacks, tricks and helpful tidbits to help your wedding planning. If there’s anything you would like for us to tackle, please let me know. Enjoy this week’s hacks and thoughts!  
  • Wedding Crashers On Your Wedding Day
Check out this article about a serial wedding crasher on the loose in Texas. This is a reminder to have a plan in place for your gifts and cards especially if you are in a public venue where anyone could walk into your event.    
  • Pro Tip: Use Your Vendors to Pay It Forward
As you start booking your favorite vendors, use them to refer and suggest other vendors. They will tend to align with other great vendors that they work with, making the overall experience better and more seamless. For example, ask your photographer which vendor’s flowers give the most pop in pictures. Ask your videographer which DJ gets the best reactions on the dance floor, etc.   
  • Worst Advice Ever
I’m reading an article that suggests waiting for a date in order to save money. That if you book your wedding with only 2 months in advance, that you can receive up to 25% off. DO…NOT…DO…THIS! This wedding experience is supposed to be fun and one of the best times of your life. First of all, by waiting, this means the prime times and dates are already taken. Can you get a Thursday wedding in February at a discount? Uh…. yeah! But, Saturdays in the spring, summer and fall are going up to a year or more in advance. And let’s talk about the planning. I always say you can never start planning too soon. By waiting this long, you inevitably will be rushed and will make impulse and bad decisions, that ultimately will cost you more money. Give yourself plenty of time and enjoy the process of wedding planning without giving yourself additional stress.   
  • Let’s talk kids at weddings
I’m going to preface this with the fact that I have 3 children that I love with everything in the world and only have a semi-hatred for Baby Shark. I think anyone planning a wedding should have a plan for kids. I think whether you have kids invited or not, is always a personal preference. Let’s talk about the dynamic of kids at events. First, anyone you invite with kids, will be prone to leaving early (bedtime). Kids love dancing, screaming, and chasing lights. Guess where all this happens? On the dance floor! Guess where adults typically don’t want to dance? Around kids. See where this is going? Just know, that a dance floor full of children generally leads to a dance floor of less adults. And at last week’s wedding, it also led to more “kid requests” like Baby Shark. (At a wedding!!! Really??? Ugh…) Now, I’m not totally against kids at weddings. I’ve seen that when there’s a plan in place, things go smoother. For example, kids tables that have activities, crayons, and fun stuff to keep kids occupied… instead of running onto the dance floor during your first dance. Extracurriculars for kids, like yard games, bounce houses, etc. At the end of the day, however you choose to invite, have a plan to organize the chaos of children.   
  • Pro DJ Tip: Think Unique
I love it when couples think outside the box. I challenge you to try and incorporate at least 1 unique element into your wedding reception, that you feel most of your guests have never seen or experienced. Here’s a few examples: Silent Disco, Snow On The Dance Floor, or personalized/branded Glow Sticks.    Please give me feedback on social @cutmasterchris. Which bullet above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Let me know! Just send a tweet to @cutmasterchris and put #weddingtiptuesday at the end so I can find it.   Have a wonderful week, all!   Chris