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Things You Thought About…But Probably Aren’t A Good Idea for Your Wedding

Sometimes, brides run things past me that sound like a good idea in theory, but logistically and realistically, it’s just not meant to be.

Here are some of my favorites, and I’m sure pro buddies will have some other tips for you too.

Ok, so first things first…

1. Scented candles in the reception hall. I had one prospect tell me that she was going to have authentic Jamaican food and lilac, lavender, and vanilla scented candles on the tables and around the reception site. I almost died. Bad, bad, bad idea. Some people (believe it or not) absolutely abhor vanilla. I find it to be a comfort scent, but others H-8 it. Then, to mix that with the spicy aromas of food on your menu is asking for a headache or other unsightly adverse reactions. Always opt for non-scented candles.

2. Going Completely DIY. Even my gal pal, Khris, of DIY Bride says that going DIY for your entire everything is a bad idea. Unless you want to push yourself to drink and pop antidepressants like Tic Tacs, opt to do about 2 or 3 projects at the very most for your wedding. What should determine who many you should take on should be the quantities you must put out as well as the amount of detail. Quality is and always forefront with DIY. You don’t want it to look like something you made in preschool (a la macaroni necklaces for mom) or Aunt Ethel’s macrame plant holders. You want something couture, handcrafted, and totally YOU. Get where I’m going?

3. Buying flowers out of season. Those flowers may be pretty in those pictures, but it doesn’t work if your wedding is in December and you are looking at summer flowers. This will put a complete smackdown on your budget. Ask your florist for flowers that look similar, but bloom in your specific time frame. Also, re-evaluate the design of your flowers: do you like the flowers or do you like the concept and design? If it is the latter, your floral designer can easily substitute in season flowers in the same design you swoon after.

4. Bloating, gassy food. There are some foods you will want to avoid on your wedding day, and especially at your rehearsal dinner. You do not want to feel like a balloon that is ready to pop on your wedding day. You have enough to deal with. So avoid foods like cauliflower, broccoli and asparagus. It can affect your shape and temperament!

5. Having a wedding during a holiday. This actually doesn’t save you more money. It can actually cost you and your guests more. There are several things you need to consider– airline tickets, room blocks, premiums, etc. We’ll discuss this more in an upcoming post.

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  • I am one of the anti-vanillas. Can we still be friends?

    January 21, 2008 at 2:47 pm
  • PREACH! I could not agree with you more about the scented candles or strong fragrances. I, along with many others, am very sensitive to fragrances and suffer from MIGRAINES! Yes, the scent of vanilla is one that will put me on bed rest. So, I agree 100 percent that you should use non-scented candles. The wrong fragrance can kill the mood you were trying to create for many of your guests. If they get sick, all they are going to remember about your special day, is that it smelled horrible, made them nauseous, and gave them a killer headache. Not a good idea!

    January 21, 2008 at 2:59 pm
  • I couldn’t agree more. I, too, have a sensitivity to aromas. I worked a day-of-event that the bride brought in the infuser aroma vases full of lavender scent. I had to find a benedryl and use an inhaler. She was so apologetic. (after she found out that 2 of her cousins had the same allergy) 😕

    January 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm
  • And to add to #4 asparagus will also give you stinky pee. 😯 Now that is sexy on your wedding night! Yeahhhh-baby!

    January 21, 2008 at 6:43 pm
  • Here is another one…singing to your betrothed.

    It sounds good in theory….rarely ever works out as planned.

    January 22, 2008 at 8:36 am
  • I would go even further on the DIY. Stick to 1 or 2 REALLY Fab projects and let the pros handle the rest. On the subject of scents…there is a certain very famous gown designer that always has THE MOST OBNOXIOUS scented candles in her show room at NY Couture market. Bleech! Makes me want to throw up her cute little maple leaf cookies.

    January 22, 2008 at 6:09 pm
  • Hah! Great post. Let’s not forget amateur photographers! Yikes.

    January 24, 2008 at 9:43 am
  • Can I get an AMEN for the DIY’s!? Lord, if you wanna do all that just go to work for Hallmark!

    January 28, 2008 at 10:21 pm
  • I’m with you on the scented candles. While I love them at home, they’re horrible en masse. I always start sneezing, get a headache, and have to leave early.

    January 30, 2008 at 10:10 am
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