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Five tips and tricks

When planning a wedding, there’s things that are nice to know and things that you need to know. Check out these tips from our experts to help you in the planning of the big day.

  1. Guests Come First
    Make a tentative guest list before choosing the venue. This will help ensure there’s plenty of room for your crew. Make sure you work with the venue to ensure there’s enough space for your head count, tables, DJ, dance floor and your photo booth experience.

    Current research shows that wedding guests are looking for an experience so don’t forget to plan one. Adding a photo booth, a build your own dessert bar, party games, or wedding trivia to your reception can enhance the fun for you and your guests.

  2. Investigate the Date
    Look at the cities or areas upcoming events to know if your big day could fall on the same date as any large crowd-gathering events. Large events such as festivals, conferences or even concerts could affect traffic and hotel room availability.
  3. Weather Aware
    Listen to Mother Nature and make sure to have a Plan B. We do offer an enclosed photo booth, but that will do no good if there are 70 mile an hour winds!
  4. Rent Wedding Décor and Save Money!
    Why buy or build your own when you can rent?

    Wedding décor rental companies, such as Smiling Dog Entertainment, generally rent décor items at 50% or less than the cost to buy or build that same item.

    When you factor in the amount of time it takes to find a place to buy each individual item, buy it, store it until your wedding day, transport it to the venue, set it up, tear it down, pack it up, store it again, sell it and resell it after the first person doesn’t show up, you can’t help but see how much you’ll really save by renting rather than buying.

    At Smiling Dog Entertainment our wedding décor inventory is constantly expanding to include more styles, colors, and items! If we don’t have what you need – we can probably get it for you.

    So, if you’re looking for a trendy boxwood hedge wall for your champagne glasses, unique custom backdrops for your head or cake table, lighted Mr & Mrs sign for the front of your head table we can help.

  5. Ask The Professionals
    We’ve had the pleasure of attending hundreds of weddings across the region working alongside numerous DJ’s, caterers, florists, photographers, day-of coordinators and other professionals.

    We know who delivers on what they promise and who falls short and we’d be happy to share our observations and experiences with you to help ensure your day goes off without a hitch.

    In fact we’re a founding member of Our Stress Free Wedding, a website dedicated to helping you enjoy a Stress Free Wedding Day. At Our Stress Free Wedding they’ve vetted all of the wedding professionals on their site to ensure that you connect with only the best for your special day.

    Follow the link and check them out to see who, besides Smiling Dog Entertainment, made the cut.