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10 Things You Don’t Actually Need For Your Wedding

10 Things You Don’t Actually Need For Your Wedding - | CHWV

They might seem important, but you can actually give these ten things a miss if you want!

When you first start wedding planning, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by people offering wedding advice and your forever-growing to-do list. But help is at hand! Use these wedding tips to take ten things off your wedmin list instantly and focus on what matters most for your day.

10 Things You Don’t Actually Need For Your Wedding - | CHWV

1. Guests

Why not elope? Growing guest lists are one of the biggest challenges when it comes to your wedding planning staying within budget. Share your ceremony with only your very nearest and dearest and you can have all the fun celebrating, just on a smaller scale.

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2. A top table

Top tables can be tricky, especially when you’ve got a large bridal party or extended immediate families. They can also make you feel like you’re on display, so forgetting the top table altogether can help make things more relaxed.

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3. Your parents’ oldest friends

Yes, they probably saw you grow up and yes, your parents would like you to, but don’t feel obliged to invite them to your wedding. This is key wedding advice to take if you want to keep full control of planning your day.

4. A big, white wedding dress

Times and trends are changing and now it’s easier than ever to ditch the white dress in favour of something that feels more you. Jumpsuits, trouser suits and separates are all gracing bridal collections, as are colours, like blue, Champagne and red… One of the most important things when wedding planning is to stay true to you as a couple.

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5. A seating plan

Forgo the formalities of a seating plan and you’ll save yourself a ton of time wedding planning. Simply invite your guests to choose a seat and not a side for the ceremony. When it comes to the reception, you could line up long, sociable tables to dine at. This is a brilliant way to encourage your guests to mingle.

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6. Favours

It is lovely to thank your guests for joining you on your special day, but we reckon keeping your guests’ glasses topped up, their stomachs full and their toes tapping does the job nicely. No (surprisingly expensive) ribbon-tied boxes required.

7. Save the date cards

In the age of the internet, save on postage costs by letting people know your date with an email. It’s a win-win. You can add in useful venue and accommodation links and your guests can save it somewhere safe for later. This option is fast, budget-friendly and so easy.

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8. Bouquets

When it comes to wedding planning, most people will automatically add flowers to the list. But blooms come at a cost and won’t last long after the big day. If you want to try something different, you can! Why not each carry a balloon or give the bridesmaids co-ordinated clutch bags? We’ve even heard of bridesmaids carrying rescue puppies instead of flowers…

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9. Speeches

Tradition has it that the father of the bride, groom and best man give speeches at a wedding. But if the thought of public speaking fills any one of you with dread, consider skipping one or all of the speeches. Far better for you all to enjoy the food and have a good time than spend the first few hours of the wedding worrying. The speech-makers will appreciate you taking this wedding advice.

10. A honeymoon

Wedding planning can be a big enough challenge. Why add to the stress with the task of tracking down a world-beating honeymoon when you don’t have to? Simply embrace the trend of minimoons and enjoy a few nights away in the UK after the wedding. Then, when the post wedding blues are starting to set in, kick-start the excitement once again by planning your honeymoon!


Now you’ve whittled down your wedding planning based on what is most important to you, it’s time to make those plans happen. Try these wedding tips to stay focused while planning. Organising your big day really can be a breeze!