Want to see how DC Centre compares to the county and country average for wedding cost?
Well we have made a fun infographic for you! This includes DC Centre data from our 2014 weddings, and statistics from costofwedding.com. Something like this can give you a really good idea of not only the national average but of our average and what you can expect when looking at DC Centre for your event. We’re pretty proud of our comparison to the county and national average!
Quite a few of our social media posts, especially Pinterest, tend to be wonderfully things you can DIY for not only your home but more specifically for your wedding. They are beautiful and handmade and it can be fantasic for your budget! But is it worth it?
We’d venture to guess that most brides that choose a DIY wedding project they haven’t taken everything into consideration before deciding that without a doubt, it is now a part of the event. So let’s go through a few points before you write it in ink on your to-do list!
Is this a single item that you have to make?
This can make a huge difference in whether you continue! A single DIY wedding project. Alright, you probably got this. Just make sure you start way in advance of the big day so if you need to redo it, or add something to it you are comfortable and not stressed about it. You know how those Pinterest projects…you finish it and find all these little things you could’ve done different to make it that much better.
Are you thinking about making something for each table?
So you’ve found this incredible DIY wedding centerpiece. Let’s make one! Okay, now with your normal daily schedule, and lets say you are doing it by yourself, how long did that take you? Did one centerpiece take you an entire weekend? A little iffy on this one here depending on your guest count. If you have a 200 person wedding reception, you’re looking at least 20 tables. So expand that out and you are looking at 20 weekends spent on your centerpieces. Is that worth it?
What about a DIY for each place setting?
Hopefully it doesn’t take you an entire weekend to create one DIY wedding item for each guest, then that should be a hard pass. Your time is valuable and so is your sanity! Now a place card or favor that you can knock out in 30 minutes? That’s another story!
Have you thought about transporting it or set-up?
The other thing you have to keep in mind is how are you getting it to the venue. Is it easy enough to put in a box or your car and just take down there? Great! No? Then just rethink it a little bit. And how about setting up? Is it easy enough for the staff at the venue to just set on the table? That’s perfect! If it’s not, then you have to think about who you want to oversee your DIY baby and giving them pictures of exactly how it’s supposed to look, or how you would like it to look. The worst thing is if you had a vision in your mind of what you thought it was going to be and you show up for your own reception, and it looks nothing like that.
DIYs are so much fun and they can create a wonderful addition to your wedding that you personally created. We just want to make sure you don’t go crazy trying to make it happen!
You see all those adorable photos of pets (mostly man’s best friend) in wedding photos and you love the idea! But is it really for you?
There are definitely a couple things you want to consider and things that are no-no’s when including pets at your wedding.
Is your pet such an important part of your life that you can’t even imagine getting hitched without them by your side?
You love your parents family dog, but they may not be worth the trouble to find a way to include them in the forever photos with your new hubby/wifey. Really consider how imperative it is that your pet plays a role. If your special day would truly not be complete without your pet watching on as you exchange vows, then it is totally worth the trouble. You would want to have those photos of your pets at your wedding for sure.
Does the venue allow you to bring in your pet?
No, we aren’t talking about your reception venue. Your pets may be able come to the ceremony but the reception is for the humans. Make sure your ceremony location will let you bring your pet to share in your special day. But make sure they are taken home afterwards. Most reception venues will not allow you to bring in a pet because of the food license so there’s no point in fighting this. Anyways, who would want to watch your pets at your wedding while you rip it up on the dance floor? And you certainly aren’t going to want to keep an eye on the little guy all evening, you’re going to be busy!
Are you able to make accommodations to get your pet to and from location?
You are going to be way too busy to make sure that your pet(s) gets to your photo location, to your ceremony site, is watched during the ceremony and then taken and cared for after the ceremony. From experience, because all of our family obviously played an important role in making sure the reception was set up, the cake, and there for photos we had to come up with alternate plans. In our instance, we had a family friend that wanted to help out on our big day. She was kind enough to bring our pets to come get photos and to our ceremony location and then took them home to feed and watch them the rest of the evening. It was extremely generous and the only way we could’ve pulled this off.
Is your pet going to be okay in all the commotion?
It will not be a calm situation for your pet. You may think because it’s a ceremony that it will be quiet and they will be fine but consider all the other things! There are lots of people. So many people! Does your pet do well in those kinds of situations? You have to think about how they are going to feel too, when putting them in this role. If your pet is so anxious that they can’t stand being around anyone but you and your S.O…it may be a good idea to leave them at home. In our case, we had a Golden Retriever who just wants to be friends with everyone, perfect! The other one, a small Pomeranian is very shy in public. My mom walked with her down the aisle and sat on her lap for the ceremony. On my way back down the aisle I picked up my little love-bug and carried her with me. She was fine the whole time, just very quiet and attentive to my every move.
Okay…so now that you’ve at least thought about these a little bit. Are you ready to have your pets at your wedding? Just make sure you plan it out and not wing it, because it definitely won’t work that way. And make sure to think about how your pets are going to handle the people and stress of your big day also!
Are you not quite the traditional bride? Looking for a way to maybe save a little money on your wedding? You have to consider the possibility of having a brunch wedding! It can be so beautifully done and done in an affordable way. We love doing these kinds of weddings at DC Centre, they can be so elegant and beautiful and we love that our brides can have everything they want on their wedding day in a budget they love as well.
Here are some ideas to consider if you are thinking about having a brunch wedding reception:
- Not sure what to do if there isn’t dance music? And obviously having silence is just…awkward. You can have a DJ, just pick some classics! Maybe having your DJ play songs from the likes of Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra and John Legend would create a fun yet relaxing brunch. The other option could be having live music. Whether you want a live band, we’ve seen a few bluegrass bands that are definitely fun entertainment or for a more classic and elegant vibe you could go towards a string quartet.
- There may be a full bar at an evening reception but you could have some pretty awesome drink options for a brunch reception. A couple of our favorites have to be the mimosa bar and the Bloody Mary bar. Guests can choose their own ingredients! Not big drinkers? How about an ice tea bar?!
- The menu can vary depending on your favorite breakfast food. Bacon, eggs, quiche, hash browns…what about an omelette station? Breakfast food is amazing! (Can you tell it’s one of our favorites?) Big trend in NY right now? Frittatas! They feel lighter but are still substantial without being too rich.
- The dessert options are endless! Cake? Absolutely. Cookies? Um, yeah! Chocolate croissants? You just can’t leave out anything with chocolate.
- You can also still have all those little traditional moments in your reception if you’d like too! First dance, father-daughter, mother-son, bouquet toss. Since you have some nice music going it’s the perfect atmosphere for such memorable moments.
- The other nice thing about having this kind of reception is you and your guests have literally the rest of the day to do whatever you’d please! Brunch receptions usually happen between 11am-2pm, if you want a breakfast reception the earliest would be 9am. Hang out with your new hubby and relax afterwards, go have a nice dinner that night maybe! Or even better, start your honeymoon early and head out without being super exhausted. Believe us, your guests will thank you for this one! Except for maybe the earlier wake-up call, but we think it’s worth it.
- Just in case you didn’t already have this in mind, brunch weddings are usually less expensive. Bonus! Breakfast/brunch food tends to be less expensive to begin with. Then because it is not “prime” time, the cost of the venue may go down as well.
Do a little research and make sure that you make it just as unique as you are. Brunch wedding have the opportunity to be absolutely beautiful and we always want to make sure that you have all the options when considering what to do with your wedding day. As always, we wish you the very best in your planning! Good luck!
Hello busy brides!
We know, better than most, that sometimes the decision to invite couples and allow them to have their children at weddings can be a controversial one. On the plus side, it truly is a family event! On the negative, there is a chance that there will be running, screaming and even breaking.
But there are options, there are always options!
Here is a roundup of some of the best ideas to keep children at weddings entertained and occupied throughout your wedding reception.
Make sure to click on each photo to go to the “How-To” on our Pinterest page!
The oldest trick in the book? Coloring! How about these adorable personalized coloring sheets from Etsy? Keep it all wedding themed, even for the little ones!
Want to get a little more creative? This next idea could keep the kids occupied for a while. How about a custom I Spy Game: Wedding Themed!
Photo booths aren’t just for the adults! Yeah, we said it! Why not a booth for the children at weddings? Or some cute props that the kids would love! How about these super hero props?
So we think there is one more idea that is worthy of being mentioned. And let’s be honest, pretty much anything to do with sweets will keep a child’s attention for at least a little bit of time. But what about a cupcake station? Kids get a chance to create their own cupcake creation, toppings and all! Just make sure to put some mats around the area to keep the floor clean!
Children at weddings can bring a fun atmosphere, it really is the best seeing them dance along to the songs. Of course it is all personal preference but we want you to know that it’s whatever you choose and you have options to give them something easy and fun to do!