I remember my wedding ceremony like it was yesterday.  That was my favorite part of that day.  As far as my reception goes, we hardly remember a thing and it wasn’t because we had too much champagne.  My wife and I of course had our own table under a beautiful chandelier in the middle of the reception venue just a few feet from the dance floor with the most beautiful center piece.  At least that’s what was paid for.  We hardly sat so that was a bit of a waste.  Also, the nacho bar at the end of the night was apparently set up too late so nobody was able to enjoy it like we had wanted.  Did we need it?  Nope.  Certainly could’ve saved some money there.  Wedding experts recently released four things couples waste money on.

  • The champagne toast.

    Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By Coca-Cola - A Dinner with Rick Bayless and Daniela Soto-Innespart of the Bank of America Dinner series curated by Chefs Club

    A view of the Champagne Flutes at A Dinner with Rick Bayless and Daniela Soto-Innes part of the Bank of America Dinner series curated by Chefs Club at Hôtel Plaza Athénée on October 14, 2016 in New York City.

    We avoided this because of how hard it’s to coordinate and to be honest, it’s a little over-rated.  We much preferred that everyone toast with their favorite drink.

  • Balloon backdrops.

    wedding balloons

    RHINEBECK, NY – JULY 31: Balloons are displayed in a store window as the town prepares for the wedding of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

    Balloons are right for a lot of occasions, but I don’t think they are necessary for weddings.  The wrong style or color can really make it look cheap.

  • Personalized napkins and place settings.

    place setting

    WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 10: Place settings for Tuesday night’s State Dinner for French President Francois Hollande at the White House February 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. The media was also given a tour of the Blue Room ‘to highlight America’s strong, longstanding relationship with France and the unique character of our bilateral relationship by showcasing some of the early French influences and artifacts that have been in the White House for centuries, and can still be seen today.’ (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    Guests will be wiping their faces and spilling drinks on your napkins, and food’s going to be dropped on the place settings.  Anything not personalized will be way cheaper.


  • Printed wedding programs.

    Programs for event

    PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 30: Invitations are seen during the Alexis Mabille show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2016 on September 30, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    Sure these add a bit of glam to the wedding, but they aren’t necessary.  Maybe more of a keepsake for Grandma?


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