According to the Huffington Post, there’s an interesting trend going on when it comes to guests who can’t make it to weddings. One way to make up for your untimely absence is to send “a cardboard cutout in your place.” Huffington found multiple examples of wedding parties going out of their way to include missing guests, including one group of soldiers who made sure to include a cardboard replica of their friend who was away for training.
When it comes to your future wedding, you might not be too worried about cardboard cutouts just yet. Instead, you’re likely to be focused on the nitty gritty details of getting your big day to come together. The preparation part of your wedding can be a lot to figure out, and for every way it can go right, there’s three ways for things to go wrong. Here are three tips for getting the best experience possible.
1. Don’t Just Go With the Cheapest Vendor
Not everyone needs a wedding planner, but one advantage of hiring one is that they have trusted resources and contacts on their side. Be a wary buyer when it comes to wedding services, and always check reviews from past clients. Make sure companies are clear on the colors, designs, and time frame you need. There are plenty of horror stories out there about a perfectly coordinated wedding getting orange tablecloths instead of red, or a sub-par bakery delivering a cake that’s the wrong flavor.
2. Save Money in Places Other Than the Delivery
When you have so many bodies on hand for the wedding, it can be tempting to have them do some of the arranging for you. Why pay for someone to deliver your wedding rentals when your brother-in-law could easily bring them in his pickup truck? People get lost, or hungover, or aren’t prepared to deal with party rentals, though, and this can quickly lead to disasters of broken pieces or items arriving late. As the Knot points out as well, “There’s a reason that cake designers charge for delivery, and many times these cakes are not designed to travel completely assembled without asking for disaster.”
3. Use Event Tent Rentals to Make Your Wedding Stand Out
You can save money on your wedding by renting the things you’ll need once, rather than buying them. This includes everything from linens to event tent rentals. Many couples right now are looking at sailcloth tents, in particular, which add an extra touch of elegance to any gathering. Sailcloth party tent rentals are the tents that have romantic, sculpted peaks and eaves, and their translucence allows for natural, warm light to filter through.