Monthly Archives: May 2021

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9 Questions to Ask After the Engagement

After the “engagement glow” wears off, it’s best to sit down and have an honest discussion about your wedding—even if you don’t plan on getting married right away. Here’s what you should ask during your discussion, and what you should do with the answers.

When do we want to get married? Is there a date we want to set?

Even if you’re not in hurry to get married, it’s a good idea to discuss your future plans. Even if your special day is years away, the best wedding venue calendars fill up quickly. Plus, having a set date or year gives you a goal if you need to save up for your special day. (Use these tips for saving for your wedding.)

Couples can set a wedding date by contacting their favorite venue and asking for available dates or by choosing a special date. (Use one of these ways to choose the perfect wedding date.) Couples can choose a date based on a relationship milestone (i.e. day of engagement, first date, etc.), opt for a special family date (i.e. grandparent wedding date, birthday, etc.), or choose a favorite season.

Where do we want to get married? Is there a ceremony site or venue where we want to get married?

What city do you want to get married in? Where would you like to hold your ceremony in that city? Your reception? It’s okay if you don’t have any answers right away, but it is a good idea to start the discussion. (Use these tips for choosing the right wedding venue and narrowing down your options.) If you do have a top choice, contact the venue right away so you can make your vision a reality. (You can also hold your ceremony and reception at the same location so you don’t have to worry about transportation.)

Do we want to plan the wedding ourselves? What is our wedding style?

Some couples want to plan every minute of their wedding day, while others opt to hire a wedding planner to handle all or some of the details. (Read more about the pros and cons of hiring a wedding planner.) This is your chance to discuss how much of the planning you want to take on, and if you have the time to take on a long wedding planning checklist. (Some wedding venues have on-staff planners that can help with some or all of the planning.)

This is also your opportunity to discuss your wedding style, which can help you choose the right venue, menu, and wedding décor. Do you want an elegant affair? A modern wedding in the city? A casual wedding? An outdoor ceremony and/or reception?

Is there a vendor we really want to hire for our wedding?

Just like wedding venues, many wedding vendors’ calendars fill up quickly. If you have a wedding photographer, videographer, or caterer, now is the time to contact them. But before you do, make sure they are allowed in your wedding venue. (Some wedding venues require you to use an in-house caterer or other vendor.) If you do want to use a favorite caterer or photographer, ask prospective venues if they have an open vendor policy (along with these other wedding venue questions).

How are we going to pay for the wedding? Do we want a big wedding or smaller, more intimate gathering?

These two questions should be asked together because they are usually connected. While some couples want a smaller wedding regardless of the budget, others opt for a more intimate gathering because of costs. (Use these wedding budget tips as you plan after the engagement.) If you have family members or friends that have expressed an interest in helping financially, now is the time to discuss that too.

A conversation about your budget should also include information about your finances; this is your chance to get on the same page about how you’re going to save for your big day and turn your ideas into a beautiful wedding day.

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10 Amazing Non-Dancing Wedding Reception Ideas

This list of amazing non-dancing wedding reception ideas proves that it is possible to have fun at a wedding without dancing. From concerts to table games to sampling stations and more, couples are sure to find an amazing wedding entertainment options that everyone can look forward to.

However, choosing the best forms of wedding entertainment does require some advance planning. If you want to offer many of these non-dancing wedding reception ideas, you need to choose a wedding venue with plenty of space and key features that make it possible. If you want to offer a concert or performance, look for a wedding venue with a stage. When a casino night is your top choice, it’s best to reserve a wedding venue with plenty of space so guests can mingle and play.

Concert

A concert is a wonderful way to entertain guests and give your reception a one-of-a-kind feel. Guests can enjoy live music from their table or enjoy the music from a row of seats like a traditional concert. A band or instrumentalist can also be a wonderful part of a themed wedding, such as a jazz band for a Great Gatsby theme.

Table Trivia

Table trivia is a favorite among guests and couples because there are so many ways to customize and personalize this game. Couples can opt for a trivia game with questions about the couple, their favorite city, wedding theme, or any other favorite topic. Plus, you can take this wedding game to another level with a game show host who gets everyone in on the fun.

Photo Booth

A photo booth checks off two wedding entertainment boxes. For guests, it’s fun to take hilarious and sweet pictures. For couples, a photo booth is a great way to get more snapshots of their special day! Plus, it’s always fun for couples to choose (and make) photo booth props that fit with their theme and make photos even more memorable.

Sampling Stations

This is a top choice on the list of non-dancing wedding reception ideas because there are so many different options for sampling stations. You can select an ale sampling station where guests can try a variety of brews (a favorite in Milwaukee). Another option is a station with desserts from a local bakery, which adds a distinctly local flair to the reception (along with these other Wisconsin wedding ideas). If you love wines, a sampling station is your chance to give guests a chance to try wines from local vineyards. To top it off, you can even give guests the chance to take their favorite option home as a wedding favor!

Mad Libs

Everyone’s favorite game is a crowd favorite at a wedding, giving guests the chance to fill in the blanks with their silliest words. This game can be an incredibly way to tell your story, but with humorous twists that leaves everyone in stitches.

I Spy/Scavenger Hunts

An I Spy or scavenger hunt is an interesting way to keep guests on their toes. This game can be an enjoyable way for guests to explore the wedding venue and get an up-close and personal look at key features. Plus, it’s an incredible conversation starter for guests as they meet and mingle at their table.

Video

This wedding reception idea can be a short video telling your story as part of the program or as elaborate as a night at the movies. The latter option is a wonderful way for couples to treat their guests to the big screen, especially with a red carpet entrance and movie-themed décor.

Performance

If you are a couple who loves a night out at a play or musical, this is a great way to showcase your love of the stage and share it with guests. Plus, this wedding entertainment idea lends itself to a musical theme at an upscale wedding venue with dramatic décor.

Yard Games

Yard games are a great option for a carnival-themed wedding or picnic, but the idea can also be moved inside for a distinctly upscale twist. Plus, there are a long list of yard game ideas to choose from, such as bowling, ring toss, corn hole, and a few other soon-to-be favorite wedding yard games.

Casino Night

A casino night is a unique experience for guests, giving them a chance to mingle and enjoy every casino game. From black jack to poker, this wedding entertainment idea is a win for you and your high-rolling guests.

Coloring Table

If kids are on your guest list, a coloring table—or some other form of children’s entertainment—is a must at your wedding. Younger guests of all ages are going to appreciate coloring, word searches, and other fun kids games, while their parents enjoy the fact that their children are entertained.