3 Worst Mistakes... you can make at a wedding:
1) Wasting time... Time you pay for venues and vendors are EXPENSIVE so here's 2 biggest time wasters to avoid. First is waiting for the food. Ask the caterers to get your food to your table so you can eat right after being introduced. Don't be afraid to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen for help. Ask them to bring the horderves to you during the post ceremony shoot to keep your blood sugar up. The second biggest time sucker is going around to welcome guests. This is why it's so crucial to have your dinner ready and waiting. Immediately after you finish your dinner, it's a good idea to start doing your rounds and visiting your guests so you're not rushed for it toward the end. Go to the tables you know you won't see after the honeymoon and it's ok to keep it short at the tables with people you'll see in two weeks.
2) Formalities... more specifically formalities you don't really care about. If you don't expect much dancing or don't have much of any entertainment for the reception, the bouquet/garter toss, cake cutting, apron dance, etc may help to kill time or may have some kind of sentimental value. But, is it really that crucial? Centuries ago, these traditions were created to be THE entertainment of the night. But if you have a good DJ, is it worth taking that dancing time away from your guests? The reason why I bring this up is because for almost 90% of the receptions, we had the guests have such a good time that the bride and groom strayed/cut away from the schedule so their guests continued to have a good time. But as always, every celebration is different and if it has a special sentimental place in your heart, we'll help you and your guests to cherish the moments.
3) DO NOT leave the dance floor... Ok, if you're not expecting much dancing, and enjoy mingling more... then we'll set you up with the right songs to keep a relaxed atmosphere. But, if you know you have a great DJ and want your guests to be dancing all night, it'll be a good idea to stay on the dance floor. This is something 99% of DJ's won't know to tell you... How long you're on the dance floor will determine how early your guests leave the reception. There was one wedding a few years ago that confirmed this theory. It started out GREAT! the whole floor was packed with all 200 guests, the bride and groom kicked it off with their favorite song. I knew the crowd since we were all friends from high school and they knew me from other weddings I've DJed. I was able to keep things going for another 45min before I noticed people leaving. I was playing the right songs, my mixes were on point, and people cheered after every song but all the guests (except for the wedding party) left an hour early! I was so confused and discouraged. I remembered the bride and groom leaving after 2 songs but never saw them come back. When I asked them what happened, they told me that as they were walking back in, guests were trickling out and wanting to talk with the bride and groom... They forgot to do their rounds during dinner, so for about a full hour the bride and groom were held up right outside the venue. And this has been the trend that I have seen in EVERY wedding since. The less time the bride and groom were on the dance floor the sooner guests started leaving. Your guests are there to celebrate YOU and your spouse. If the bride and groom aren't there, there's nothing for them to celebrate. So lets give your guests a reason to party the night away, enjoy the time you have with them. With over 10,000 songs in the Sumo Sounds catalog, our custom mix is sure to make some great memories for you and your loved ones.