Wedding fails: How to avoid tacky mistakes at your ceremony

From bows tied to chairs to clown entertainers, a wedding organizer reveals the biggest things to avoid when planning your nuptials.

From the perfect color palette to the cake flavor, there are a hundred different things to consider when planning a wedding.

With so many details to keep in mind, your big day can end up as one of the most stressful periods of your life – and sometimes, despite your best efforts, the decorations can look far from elegant.

In order to make sure you don’t look back at your wedding photos and cringe, Kristina Kempton, a professional wedding planner from London, has shared the biggest things to avoid on your big day.

Kristina has been in the industry for close to a decade and in that time has had her fair share of strange requests.

But while for the most part, she will be happy to make wedding visions come true, there are a few things she will refuse to do.

Large bows tied to chairs

“The bigger, the better” seems to be the motto in almost every aspect of life – but, according to Kristina, you might want to resist that urge when picking decorations for your big day.

“There used to be a thing where there’d be a very corporate style chair covered in some horrible nylon, Gross fabric and then tied in some really hideous bows,” she said.

“To be honest, if a client came up to us saying that’s what they wanted, I wouldn’t book them anyway, because they clearly don’t have style in mind.”

Also bear in mind that the cost of having a chair covered is around $ 3-6 each.

“You can buy decent chairs for that amount – why would you have that horrible option when you can get a very simple white chair or white and gold chair, whatever you want to have?”

For Kristina, the chairs are “almost insignificant” to the rest of the design – there are other, more important, details to splurge on.

These, she explained, are the things guests will touch and see.

“The tables, the napkins, whether they’re monogrammed, whether they’re personalized, Velvet bows around the napkins or a fresh flower tucked in, the cutlery, the crockery, the tableware.

“Guests will notice everything and they will pay attention to your linens and cutlery.

“Men or people who are less detail-oriented may not notice but I can tell you they will definitely notice if it’s some chunky old wine glass – that’s the first thing they will see.”

Clowns and entertainment

After having to postpone weddings for years due to the global Pandemic, it’s only understandable people may want to go all out.

And that means entertainment.

But Kristina got there is a fine line between funny and cringe-worthy.

“I think if you wanted to have something and it was entertainment for guests, I would never have a clown for a start, that’s awful,” she said.

“People like to be entertained, but it needs to be done in a stylish way – rather than people thinking, ‘Why is there a clown dancing around the room?’

“A clown or a Magician – they are meant for a child’s birthday and not for anything else.”

More appropriate, she said, are optical illusionists: “People like that kind of stuff; it keeps them guessing. ”

Buffets and chocolate fountains

The main reason for a large percentage of your guests will show up for free food and drink.

With oodles of dietary requirements and culinary preferences, it’s easy to be overwhelmed and resort to what seems like the easiest option – a buffet.

However, Kristina said: “The days of the buffet are gone… thank Covid for that.”

She said chocolate fountains – once a firm wedding favorite – also have to go.

Singles table

While there may be love in the air, don’t be tempted to play matchmaker on your big day, Kristina said.

The singles table should be avoided at all costs. It will only created unnecessary stress for your friends, who really want to see a familiar face at their table.

“Would I do it? Well. There’s no way, ”Kristina said.

“It’s not speed-dating. It’s a wedding.

“You need to do your table planning to make sure everyone feels comfortable – whether that’s different age groups or different friends from university or family friends.”

Asking for money

With an average wedding in Australia costing around $ 36,000, your big day can also be your most expensive day.

But as large as that bill is, it doesn’t mean the couple should resort to asking their guests to pay for attending, Kristina warned.

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting and outrageous.”

Instead, she said, go through the guest list and ask yourself if you really can’t imagine your wedding without that one person, a distant acquaintance from decades ago.

Chances are that out of 150 people there will be roughly 50 you don’t speak to daily.

With entertainment and food, the costs per head can easily go into the hundreds.

“Why would you waste that money on people you’ve never met or one who don’t really bring anything to you life?” Kristina said.

“It’s a big cost to have a stranger there basically.”

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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