31 Memorable Things You Can Learn From "Four Weddings"

Have you ever watched that reality TV show called "Four Weddings" on TLC?  Atmosphere Productions recently appeared on this reality television show for the season finale ".. And A Ball and Chain", with Eric and Amanda's wedding at The Spa at Norwich Inn.  You can download and watch the episode directly from Amazon.

If you watch enough of them, you really can get a sense of what is important and what is not at a wedding.  Having a bigger budget is not always the way to guarantee a bride wins the honeymoon.  Spending your wedding budget wisely and paying attention to the flow of the day is really what makes a wedding GREAT. 

Here are some of my observations from watching this wedding TV show:

 The Ceremony:
  • Make sure everyone can hear you exchange your vows- watch out for distracting surroundings and have someone professionally microphone the ceremony.
  • Keep it short - but not too short (15-30 minutes)
  • Make it personal - no one wants to hear a generic exchange of "I Do's"
  • Be on time.  If you are late starting the ceremony - it will impact your entire day's plans.
  • Dress up your ceremony site - give it that "wow" factor
  • Having your ceremony outside?   Have backup plans in case of bad weather.  Do not chance it - if there is a chance of rain - just fall back to your rain plans.  The same goes for high temperatures, low temperatures, extreme humidity and wind.  Do not chance it.  Plan around it.
  • No one likes random people watching the ceremony- keep it private
The Cocktail Hour:
  • People love a change in scenery between the ceremony, cocktails and dinner.
  • Make sure you have enough space - do not overcrowd your guests.
  • Give your guests places to sit and relax
  • Verify that there will be enough bartenders on duty. (1 for every 50 guests)
  • Keep it upbeat and entertaining - set the tone for the rest of the event during your cocktail hour.
  • Food.  Food.  Food. Make sure there is enough for your guests and give them more choice than just cheese and crackers
 The Venue and Meal:
  • Give your guests options for meal choice.
  • Most people hate buffet lines - but "station meals" are OK
  • Do not drag out the meal and bore your guests.
  • Keep toasts SHORT as to not impact dancing time.  Try to have them completed by end of dinner.
  • Older guests can be volume conscious - keep volume appropriate so people can talk and mingle. 
  • Air conditioning should be set so room is cool enough so people can dance without passing out due to heatstroke. 
  • Make your event flow - your entertainment and wedding planners can help you with this.  Do not listen to your venue - they are concerned with food service and not the flow of your party.
  • Pay attention to "reception aerobics" - you do not want your guests standing up, going over here then back to their seats then standing back up, etc.    Make activities make sense.
  • Ever been to an event where there were lines for the bathrooms?   You should plan for about 1 stall for every 25 guests.
  • No one wants to wait 3 or 4 hours before dancing starts.
  • Pace the festivities so you do not bore guests and you do not do everything all in one lump (people only have about a 10 minute attention span)
  • Personalize your entertainment and be involved
  • No one likes it when the bride and groom are missing during the reception – keep group photos to a minimum during this time
  • Once dancing starts – do not interrupt it – not for speeches or desert stations
  • Dim the lights and set the mood for dancing
  • Notice the lighting... uplighting around the room... dance floor lighting
  • Create memorable moments with your entertainment (special send off, flash mob, highlight friends with special songs)
  • Everyone loves a photo booth
  • Nothing kills the party mood like a bad DJ

Atmosphere Productions LLC is a CT Wedding DJ, providing professional mobile entertainment service, Music, Reception Entertainment Directors, MC and DJ's primarily for Weddings in the Greater Hartford area but throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and in the New England area.

Specializing in wedding disc jockey entertainment, radio & club dj's, corporate and business events, photo booth rentals, ceremony musicians, strolling violinist, guitarist, cocktail & chamber musicians, custom lighting, custom song editing and voice-over services.

For further information visit our website at www.atmosphere-productions.com
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As featured in Eric and Amanda's winning wedding on the season finale of TLC's TV

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