When it’s time to plan your wedding, there are going to be a lot of people telling you what to do – this much, you can certainly count on. Whether its your parents, your married siblings, your best friend, your boss or your co-workers, you will have to deal with an endless stream of contradictory advice from every corner. We don’t want to overwhelm you with even more advice, but if you found your way to this article, looks like you’re on the hunt for a couple tips outside of your traditional sources. Your parents may have an agenda; the wedding planner may be trying to upsell you, but you can count on us for honest, objective advice.
At the end of the day, it’s your wedding, so you should have the ultimate say. Even if your parents are kicking in some money to foot the bill, ostensibly they’re doing it because they love you, so they should still leave the finer details up to you. Without further ado, here’s our list of tips to make sure your wedding is Lit:
- Make sure it’s in a good zone: First thing’s first – don’t inconvenience your friends by making it an elaborate destination wedding in Italy or Costa Rica, find a venue close(ish) to where you live. People will be much happier not to have spent thousands of dollars on a plane ticket and they can use the money to buy you a dope wedding present, sound good? Try a unique venue like an aviation museum or an old refinished barn. If you happen to have a favourite vacation spot in the wilderness with guest cabins available for rent, maybe consider a compromise destination wedding that’s a couple hours from town – rather than on a different continent.
- Hire an event staffing service that is independent from the venue: often venues have a “special relationship” with a staffing service that provides an inferior service at a higher rate than is reasonable. The efficiency and friendliness of your wedding’s bartenders is paramount to creating a good, fun vibe, so this can be catastrophic. Look for an event staffing agency in Toronto that provides exceptional service – including crowd pleasing custom cocktails and a good depth of knowledge regarding wine – at an affordable rate. This is a great way to save money and make the party better. Another good tactic for the bar is to provide a variety of options, but not too many. If people end up hemming and hawing over their choice of drink, it could gum up the line – and the flow of the party.
- Make sure the lighting is dialed in: You spend a lot of time thinking about flowers and the flower arrangement, but light can play just as important of a part in the end – and good lighting is free! If you end up going the route of the rustic barn wedding, stringing lights through a dim venue can create a magical, fairy-tale type atmosphere. Paper lamps or tiki-torches can be fun and festive for the outside as well!