Also, ask about the décor the reception site may provide at no additional costs. From strands of lights to elegant candelabras, most halls own decorative items they may have available for you to use.
For example, I sell packages that include hurricane vases. Brides use these vases to create centerpieces that reflect their personalities and theme. From stones and pillar candles to elaborate floral bouquets, the hurricanes are an affordable, customizable addition to any reception.
It is important to stay within your budget, but it is more important to create an event that fits your personality.
I have worked weddings ranging from hot dog and popcorn stations to white-glove-passed hors d'oeuvres, and each one is uniquely perfect.
From song choices to table layouts, brides are stepping away from the "typical" reception to create a day that is fun and memorable.
I've seen choreographed dances, props used during the removal of the garter, sunglasses during the first dance, piñatas above the dance floor and fireworks displays. I say let your nuptials show your individuality.
My last bit of advice is to find the right vendors. You can find good vendors through word-of-mouth from recently married friends or from the advice of other trusted vendors.
Vendors include bakers, caterers, florists, photographers, banquet-hall managers, disc jockeys and bridal retailers. You need them to make your wedding a reality. Fortunately, we have talented and experienced professionals in our area who have been in the business for many years. Seek those individuals out and book them immediately, because their calendars fill up quickly.
There is only one thing that really matters: you have the wedding you want. Don't get too caught up in the details. Your wedding will be mesmerizing _ no matter how big or small the budget, no matter how simple or elaborate the décor.
So whether your wedding is an over-the top 400-person formal affair or an intimate backyard barbecue, just remember to have fun.
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