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 Planning Tips When Attending A Wedding Before Your Own


You may have just gotten engaged and are experiencing how hard it is to plan a wedding. While attending a wedding this season you may think that you have good ideas on how to plan your own wedding. However, once that question gets asked (Will you marry me?) the wedding planning can get difficult for everyone! Yet with the wedding season in full swing, it’s the perfect time to go to a wedding as an engaged couple and get ideas and planning tips!

Attending a wedding before your own? Planning Tips

If you’ve RSVP’d to a wedding (or five!) this Fall, Winter, or in 2021 and happen to be planning your wedding, use these as great opportunities to see what really matters most to the happy couple and the guests at the event. While you’re sipping wine and enjoying the love-filled evening with your fiancé, look for details you may be sweating over that just don’t really matter, and validate some of your thoughts on your own wedding goals.

We’ve listed a few thoughts and questions to think about at the next wedding you attend to make your own planning go smooth.


A unique venue may be worth it if you can save on decorating the space to create your ideal evening ambiance. Factors that can help fulfill your wedding vision could be moody dark linens and uplighting or heavenly light linens and twinkle lights. What aspects of a wedding speak to you to set the mood?

Additional Roles:

Do they list hosts, personal attendants, or other roles in their program? Think of all the volunteers (with fancy titles) it takes to put on a wedding? Do you have enough so you won’t have to worry about any details on your big day? This is one of the underrated wedding planning tips, as some couples don’t want to burden their family with roles, but if anyone volunteers to help, take them up on it; you may think of something, later on, they would be perfect to help with! Who wants to drop off our luggage at our honeymoon suite?!


Are there statement pieces that you notice more than others or decor you barely noticed at all? Perhaps the centerpieces make the difference for you versus a highly-decorated dessert table. Maybe renting/borrowing an item (from someone who just had a wedding perhaps?!) versus creating it on your own is the way to go.


Did they serve their food plated or buffet style? Were there options for those with a gluten-free, vegetarian, or paleo diet? Did they offer appetizers or have a static snack or candy table? Typically being a large percentage of the budget, think about if food matters more to you than a decor piece, or second photographer even, or if you’re a foodie who needs it all!


What really made their wedding a blast for you? Maybe an interactive game, photo booth, or ice breaker activity had the guests mingling and excited for the evening from the start. Did the DJ get the grandma on the dance floor? There’s no doubt if you’re looking for a party atmosphere, an upbeat DJ, fun activity and great music are perfect ingredients to an entertaining evening.

It doesn’t hurt to do your research at an actual wedding versus wanted to execute on something you see online that a professional might of created. Of course, be realistic about what can be accomplished in time before your wedding date and what can be added into your budget. But there is nothing like a real wedding to spark ideas for your own and remind you of the true meaning and purpose of the day!

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