Not all weddings look the same! In fact, in this day and age, it’s more and more likely to see couples step away from some of the more regular wedding traditions and introduce new ones! Here are 5 things that you should consider doing at your wedding:
Have Speeches at the Rehearsal Dinner
There is honestly nothing worse than having speeches at the reception go on for wayyyy too long. Let’s face it – mostly only the people closest to you (the couple) want to hear those speeches. The other guests are just there to celebrate! They want to dance, eat, drink, and have a fun time with the new bride and groom.
Because the people closest to you will want to hear speeches, it’s a good idea to have them at the rehearsal dinner the night before. Really there isn’t much that goes on at the rehearsal dinner… just the wedding rehearsal and then maybe a toast. Only the people who are going to be in the wedding are at your rehearsal dinner, and those people are probably the people closest to you!
By having your speeches at the rehearsal dinner, you are saving a lot of time (up to an hour depending on how long speeches were going to be) to talk to everyone who came, dance, and have fun at your reception!
This is also helpful just in case anyone has an ~interesting~ speech. That way, all 200 or so guests don’t hear it, just the 30 or 40 people at the rehearsal dinner.
Having Bridal Party + Family Stay at the Venue
Some wedding venues actually offer wedding weekends, and we couldn’t recommend that more! It is so helpful having your bridal party and family stay at the venue. This eliminates the possibility of anyone being late for hair and makeup or photos, and it is also so much fun! It also eliminates the stress of travel on the day of the wedding. No traffic to go through because you’re already there (and trust me, Nashville traffic is SO BAD).
Plus, staying the night after the wedding instead of going straight to a honeymoon destination is also a big help. More on this later!
Consider Having A Mostly Kid-free Wedding
Kids can definitely be a bundle of joy! But let’s face it – the last thing you want is a guest’s child throwing a tantrum while you are trying to say your vows. This is definitely something to consider doing at your wedding.
A real Cherokee Dock couple only invited 3 kids – the flower girl, the ring bearer, and an usher. If a child doesn’t have a role in the wedding, don’t feel like you have to invite them unless you really want to.
If you decide not to have kids at the wedding, make sure you let your guests know in the invitations. If you want kids to come to the wedding, but you don’t want them to sit through the ceremony, consider hiring a babysitter. This way the babysitter can watch them in a different part of the venue while the ceremony is going on. Depending on the venue, there will probably be space for a babysitter to do this.
Consider Catering In A Snack At The Reception
People tend to get a little hungry while they are dancing and drinking, and who can blame them! A super fun surprise for your guests would be to cater a snack a few hours into the reception! Bonus points if it’s fast food.
Here at The Estate at Cherokee Dock, we’ve had many couples cater snacks later on in the reception, or even for the afterparty! A few popular choices have been McDonald’s and Krystals. This is definitely something that will be memorable at your wedding (depending on how many drinks the guests have had by that time in the night).
Leave Sunday Morning For Your Honeymoon
This is another great reason why you should consider having a wedding weekend. Here is what a bride has to stay about staying at our venue the night of the wedding:
“It was so nice being able to stay at Cherokee Dock the night of our wedding! We had a bit of a late ceremony which made for a pretty late night, so just being able to walk upstairs and go to bed was so incredibly helpful. And then the next morning our bridal party and family ate breakfast together and we left for our honeymoon pretty well-rested!” – A real Cherokee Dock Bride
Need more reasons on why having a wedding weekend is better than having a day of wedding? Check out our article here.
From having speeches at the research dinner to having wedding weekends, we hope you found this list of 5 things you should consider doing at your wedding helpful.