What was the thing (or things) that stick out for you? What made the wedding so memorable?
Yavemar: What makes a wedding stick out for me is when it incorporates the couple's hobbies, interests, and just who they are. The best weddings I've been to were obviously low budget, but incorporated the (rather quirky) personalities of the couple just perfectly. For instance, the bride had just gotten her degree in chemistry, so the centerpieces used chemistry glassware instead of vases for the flowers (which were all hand crocheted by her!). I still have the bouquet and centerpiece I got from that wedding - seeing those has really helped remind me that it's ok to do things differently!
Book-1love: Good food. It's usually the most expensive part of the wedding, but I think people should try to save money on other things and get the best food within their budget. I don't have an opinion on nice center pieces or how much the wedding dress costs, but I always remember which weddings had good or bad food.
QuibbleCopter: We put so much effort into our wedding, so many little details that my, now, wife did (she's a wedding florist/venue decorator so had a reputation to live up to...), and there were lots of lovely comments about everything we did... But apparently the thing that was the most favorite, and nearly everyone commented on it was - the Photo Booth... so like the booth you go into to get your passport with, but it had a big seat, a green screen and a ton of props... We also had our wedding book there for people to put pictures in, so they could sign next to their picture (which is useful as I didn't know many people there :-). It was loved by so many though, there was a bigger queue for that than there was at the bar... One down side to it though, was as the alcohol flowed, the pictures got a bit more risky... so there are a few pictures of bums and... Other things... which makes me laugh a lot every time I read our album. I'd whole heartedly recommend using these at your wedding though... The second best thing apparently was giving everyone a little plant (as the party favor) which were all grown from a plant my grandma gave my mum in the 70s (was a nice little way of including a family member who couldn't be there)... 3rd best was the sweetie/candy table :-)!
Dcnerdlet: Weirdly enough, the best one I ever went to was in a blizzard (2010 Snowpocalypse for all my DC brides!). The bride and groom were lucky to hold the ceremony, the reception involved us four wheeling to the groom's parents after stopping at Safeway and buying the last cases of PBR and (ugh) Beast. Why did it rock? Because in the end, we all laughed about it, gathered around the fireplace and just told stories. The only people crazy enough to make it were the ones super close to the couple, so it made for a good night. Plus, I will never forget watching the bride and groom dance barefoot in his parent's living room, the bride breaking down in very happy, relieved tears. You could feel the love and happy in the room, and that's all I really want at my wedding.
Mandaface: The atmosphere. The only person I knew there was my bf and yet it was the most fun I've had at a wedding. It was a Brazilian wedding and the bride was a dancer so they had lots of dancing and props (boas, funny glasses, party blowers, confetti, etc). Everyone, old and young was on the dance-floor all night dancing to this festive South American music. So much fun!
Mamasaidknockyouout: In general, the most memorable weddings for me are the ones that really fit/represented the couple. These weddings have been from black tie to totally casual... but they fit the couple getting married. The food, music, liquor, all that... sometimes I remember, sometimes it's all a blur. But if the wedding represents the people getting married, I remember that forever :)
Kitten_Mittens: Late night snacks! I've been to several weddings where they've brought out some great food around 9-10pm to keep the party fueled. I've seen it be as simple as an ice cream sundae, s'mores, or cereal bar, or as elaborate as fresh pizzas out of a wood fired oven or the arrival of a favorite food truck serving up lobster mac 'n cheese, korean tacos, and sliders. Since much of the "older" crowd has probably left by now, you don't have to plan to feed the entire guest count. This probably goes without saying, but great (and well timed food), is unforgettable!
Killercacti: The music, because it got people dancing! Weddings in which the couple use it as a chance to expose their friends and family to their favorite music usually do not involve much dancing. My sister's wedding DJ played a bunch of big hits, and a bunch of merengue (about half of the attendees were Hispanic and knew how to boogie down), it was awesome.
Crimdusk: In this Order
- The Music
- The Open Bar
- The Participation of the Attendees
- Transportation to the Hotel afterwards
- The Size of the Dance Floor
- The Food
- Everything else the Bride Stressed about
About The Author
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Eric Scott Gold has entertained children as an Emcee at over 1000 Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, performed as a DJ at over 250 weddings, hosted over 100 corporate team building seminars, and assisted in the growth of 8 entertainment and event companies. He's currently the General Manager of East Coast Event Group, a Philadelphia staple for over 30 years.
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