While my own wedding budget is nowhere near their stratospheric range, I think I can glean a couple of ideas:
- Floral crowns with ribbons are adorable for the flower girls.
- Detailed timeline distributed to everyone. It's a pain, and people will joke about it but it helps.
- Deliver short notes to your officiant (without sharing) about why you love each other to be read at the ceremony. It is less cheesy that tearfully reading them yourselves.
- Think about scenes with good lighting when you can. Soft backlighting is flattering and makes for great photos.
- If you skip the boutonnieres for the men, no one will notice.
- Calligraphy for the seating cards - while tremendously expensive - does make a really nice touch.
- Lots of votive candles on each table.
- A good live band is pretty awesome.
- A giant rectangular table for your bridal party at the reception (I think it sat 30) is more fun than a small table for just two people.
- Keep the action going. This couple spread out toasts and dancing evenly throughout the reception.
- Grand exit! Always leave on a high note.
- Have fun...this couple really enjoyed their wedding.
- Have just one gardenia for your hair, they brown quickly.
- Sweet peas, peonies, tulips, pansies and snowballs are lovely but don't hold up well in bouquets.
- Open bar...really, people tend to go nuts. From all our wedding experiences, I think just wine and beer is the best balance.
- Avoid putting all the troublemakers at one table in the center of the room. "Table 10!" became a battle cry.
- It's okay to feed your vendors separately...but plain noodles in butter while everyone else is eating filet mignon? Jeeze!
- Bridesmaids in long strapless gowns will undoubtedly spend the night tripping on seams and tugging at the tops.