How to Plan a Wedding with Reduced Guest List

I recently had the privilege of being asked to join an outstanding team of vendors as the Wedding Coordinator for A DREAM WEDDING…ON A REDUCED GUEST LIST, a project that was planned and formulated by Brent Patterson at Marianne’s Rentals and was picked up by Channel 9 News (CBS).

The purpose of the project was to show bride’s that they could have their “dream wedding” if they were willing to reduce their guest list and instead have a smaller, personal, intimate and even more meaningful ceremony and reception. The project was very successful thanks to a very dedicated group of wedding vendors who sincerely care about fulfilling their client’s needs.  One way we do this is by constantly looking for ways to stay within a bride’s budget without jeopardizing quality of services or product.

By reducing their guest list to 60-75 attendees, Meredith and Eric Smith were able to have all the amenities they wanted to make their wedding personal to them.  Because their favorite pass time is movies, they had a soda pop bar and a popcorn bar (which became the favors for the guests to take home). The cake was not only beautiful but delicious and there was a perfect pairing of light hors d’oeuvres with champagne.  The couple has a love for the beauty of peacocks so there were peacock feather embellishments throughout the wedding party attire.  Meredith adores angel wings so a large sculpture of angel wings was used as the focal point on the altar table and was graphically incorporated on the invitation.  Because of their love of music, Meredith chose a bridal gown as seen in the Gun’s N’ Roses music video for “November Rain” in 1989.  Their keepsake video and photography is some of best I’ve ever seen. They were able to have specialty lighting, beautiful flowers, nice linens, upscale chairs, sashes with crystal brooches, a gourmet coffee bar and a limo for their formal leave.

Had they not been willing to reduce their guest list, this average wedding cost of $25,000 would have jumped to a $40-50,000 wedding very quickly. The thing to always remember is that your reception cost is 50% of your total wedding costs and is driven by the number of guests.

Being sensitive to the ever changing needs of my brides, About Last Night… is now offering a “Beginning and Ending” wedding service for the Do It Yourself brides.


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