- Weddings can get expensive, so Insider spoke to experts to learn which trends couples should skip.
- Donut walls are trendy but they can be a waste of money and food.
- Instead of sending full invitation suites, couples can make a wedding website where guests RSVP.
Marie Kubin, founder and CEO of Rent My Weddingtold Insider that Champagne toasts can put a serious dent in your budget.
According to Kubin, venues typically make couples pre-purchase Champagne, so they end up ordering more than they need just to be safe.
“Not all guests like Champagne, so there will almost always be full glasses left on the table and extra unopened bottles,” said Kubin. “That’s money wasted.”
Kubin recommended allowing guests to toast with the beverage of their choice instead.
Balloon backdrops may seem amazing on Instagram, but Kubin told Insider that they tend to look out of place at most wedding receptions.
“You do not want your reception looking like a birthday party,” said Kubin. “Balloon backdrops rarely provide an elegant, wedding-worthy look.”
Instead, invite guests to take photos in front of draped fabric or a display of lush greenery.
This trend has couples displaying walls of real donuts for wedding guests to photograph and nibble on.
“In reality, no one wants to eat donuts that have been hanging on a wall for six hours,” said Kubin. “Plus, the donut wall is so trendy that you’ll cringe when you see it in your photos a few years from now. “
If you’re set on serving donuts, Kubin suggested individually placing them in monogrammed boxes for the dessert table.
Many couples believe that favors are a required component of a wedding reception when they are often just a waste of money.
“Favors clutter the table and distract from the decor,” said Kubin. “Plus, guests do not want a knick-knack to take home and do not need more food or sweets if you’re serving a meal and dessert.”
If you do not want your guests leaving empty-handed, consider a photo booth where guests can take snapshots home with them.
Cavin Elizabethwedding photographer and owner of couture wedding boutique The White Flower, told Insider that food trucks are a costly splurge that most nuptials can do without.
“No one expects to be fed twice at a wedding reception, so do not feel pressured to bring in a food truck to feed guests again at the end of the night,” said Elizabeth.
An evening wedding reception should typically include dinner, but you can skip the midnight-snack trend.
If you do not think your guests would make full use of a wedding lounge filled with sofas and poufs, skip this expensive trend.
“Guests will use their seats around the reception tables to relax,” said Elizabeth. “No one will miss having a lounge and neither will your wedding budget.”
If you do want to provide other areas to relax, consider adding a few outdoor Adirondack chairs or placing extra seating along a wall of the reception room.
Printing out wedding programs is a trend that has been going strong for decades, but Elizabeth told Insider that it’s usually an unnecessary and wasteful extra.
“Your ceremony is not a complicated business seminar that needs an itinerary,” said Elizabeth. “Having a printed program not only adds to your budget, it’s also not environmentally friendly.”
You can easily give guests an overview of your special day by posting a program to a wedding website or sending a virtual program on the day.
Kiana Jepsen, event and wedding manager for Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spatold Insider that releasing live doves or butterflies during your wedding will not get you a lot of bang for your buck.
“This is a pretty trend, but the truth is that they only last a few minutes at most,” said Jepsen. “The doves or butterflies very quickly fly away.”
Couples should also consider the comfort and safety of any animals used in their wedding festivities, as transporting and releasing live creatures can be stressful and even dangerous for them.
Some couples add their initials or wedding dates to bar napkins used at the reception, but the extra expense may not end up wowing guests.
“Printed bar napkins are an expensive detail that is normally barely noticed throughout the event“said Jepsen.
Using plain cocktail napkins in a color or print that coordinates with the wedding theme may be a cheaper option.
Ice sculptures may seem like a romantic addition to a wedding’s decor, but they can be extremely expensive to commission and difficult to maintain.
“In reality, ice sculptures are hard to install and tend to melt quickly, leaving a mess,” said Jepsen.
If you like the look of this trend but do not want to end up with a pricey puddle, consider a faux ice sculpture made of plastic or resin.
Instead of keeping it simple, more couples send full paper invitation suites that include an invite, reception details, accommodation suggestions, and separate RSVP cards.
“Full invitation suites packed with paper and cards can get expensive fast and aren’t very eco-friendly,” said Jepsen.
To save money and trees, you can set up a simple wedding website where guests can access relevant event details at any time and RSVP online.